Munday faces Tenaha in Class A Div. II title game

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 Tyrone Dockins (33) is coming off his best offensive game of the season, gaining 172 yards and three touchdowns against Wellington.

Patrick Johnston/Times Record News Tyrone Dockins (33) is coming off his best offensive game of the season, gaining 172 yards and three touchdowns against Wellington.

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Tenaha's Keontas Davis (left) and Cobe Caraway are two of the Tigers who will be standing in the way of Dee Paul and Munday's state title chances today.

Patrick Johnston/Times Record News Tenaha's Keontas Davis (left) and Cobe Caraway are two of the Tigers who will be standing in the way of Dee Paul and Munday's state title chances today.

Patrick Johnston/Times Record News 
 Tyrone Dockins (33) is coming off his best offensive game of the season, gaining 172 yards and three touchdowns against Wellington.

Patrick Johnston/Times Record News Tyrone Dockins (33) is coming off his best offensive game of the season, gaining 172 yards and three touchdowns against Wellington.

Munday has been executing at such a high level all season with ultimately one score to settle.

Even in the playoffs, where competitive outcomes are expected, the Moguls have won the past three games by an average of 46 points.

One of Munday's motivating factors was a humbling 52-28 loss to Tenaha in last year's championship game.

The No. 1 Moguls (14-0) can help soothe those wounds at noon today when they face the Tigers (10-4) in a Class A Division II title rematch at Cowboys Stadium.

"Whoever we were going to play against, we were going to be motivated because we got there and lost last year," Munday quarterback Dee Paul said. "We know we have a rematch with them and that's always good because we get to redeem ourselves a little bit. We know what they're about and they know what we're about, so that makes it even better."

The senior — heavy Moguls have been about a big — play offense led by Paul and tailback Roddrick Taylor that is averaging 58 points and 467 total yards per game.

Their defense also has held up its end of the bargain, holding opponents to 13 points or less 11 times. The Moguls have forced 44 turnovers and scored seven defensive touchdowns in 2012.

The only real competitive game Munday played in this season was a 34-27 win against the Stamford Bulldogs, who also will play for a state title today against Mart.

While Tenaha coach Terry Ward said he didn't want to take away from what Munday's coaches have done, he said the biggest difference he can tell in this year's Moguls is maturity.

"We know if they are able to score 70 or 80 points on us, they're going to do it. They want to rub it in," said Ward, who downplayed the revenge factor having an outcome on the game. "At some point, it turns into a football game and you just play the opponent."

The Tigers don't have as many weapons as they had last year, losing several linemen and Texas Tech signee Reginald Davis.

But after dropping four of their first six games to begin 2012, Munday coach Patrick Corcoran said the Tigers are playing at pretty close to the level they were a year ago.

Junior Chavis Gregory is a powerful runner with speed who has gained 1,465 yards and 22 touchdowns. Keontas Davis is a big-play receiver who also is a ballhawk in the secondary, and while quarterback J.R. Hill is no Davis, he has grown into the quarterback position.

"They're a difficult opponent because they're so athletic and can run to the ball," Corcoran said. "Their offense, their backs can come out of anywhere. I think they cut back more than ours do.

"Defensively, they just run to the football and use their speed. They're not as big as they were last year, but the speed is still there — that hasn't changed."

One key matchup will be whether Munday's defensive line can have success against a Tenaha offensive line that starts two freshmen. And turnovers are bound to factor into the equation — Munday lost that battle a year ago, 4-0.

In last year's meeting, Tenaha pulled away with 21 consecutive points in the third quarter and had four touchdowns of at least 50 yards, a characteristic of this year's Moguls.

"We probably didn't give ourselves a fighting chance," Corcoran said in looking back at the loss. "Defensively, we felt like this is what we do and this is what we're going to do with them. The matchups just weren't in our favor to play that style of play."

Today's winner will claim its third state football championship. Munday was victorious in 1984 and 2007, while Tenaha won it all in 1998 and 2011.

Title games shown live on FOX Sports

FOX Sports Southwest will feature live game telecasts and webcasts of all championship games plus studio shows between games.

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