Red River 22: Munday's Paul turns paper dream into reality

Nocona RB, Munday LB also win small school honors

Zach Duncan
Paul led Munday to the Class A Div. II State Championship.

Paul led Munday to the Class A Div. II State Championship.

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 Indian Tate Fenoglio finished his high school career with 5,084 rushing yards and 40 TDs. He is the RR22 Small School Offensive MVP.

Steven Schaffner / Special to the Times Record News Indian Tate Fenoglio finished his high school career with 5,084 rushing yards and 40 TDs. He is the RR22 Small School Offensive MVP.

Defensive MVP
Tyrone Dockins of Munday

Defensive MVP Tyrone Dockins of Munday

MVP
Dee Paul of Munday

MVP Dee Paul of Munday

Torin Halsey/Times Record News 
 Nocona head coach Brad Keck seen in the Indians game against Muenster on Sept. 7.

Torin Halsey/Times Record News Nocona head coach Brad Keck seen in the Indians game against Muenster on Sept. 7.

Patrick Johnston/Times Record News 
 Munday's Tyrone Dockins (33) comes in to finish off a tackle on a Tenaha runner during the Class A Div. II State Championship game. Dockins is the Red River 22 Defensive MVP.

Patrick Johnston/Times Record News Munday's Tyrone Dockins (33) comes in to finish off a tackle on a Tenaha runner during the Class A Div. II State Championship game. Dockins is the Red River 22 Defensive MVP.

Co-Coach of the Year Patrick Corcoran of Munday

Co-Coach of the Year Patrick Corcoran of Munday

Offensive MVP
Tate Fenoglio of Nocona

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Offensive MVP Tate Fenoglio of Nocona

Coaches of the Year
Brad Keck of Nocona and Patrick Corcoran of Munday

Coaches of the Year Brad Keck of Nocona and Patrick Corcoran of Munday

Paul led Munday to the  Class A Div. II State  Championship.

Paul led Munday to the Class A Div. II State Championship.

Torin Halsey/Times Record News 
 Nocona's Tate Fenoglio filled in at quarterback when his team needed him there early in the year. But he made his mark with an area-best 2,235 rushing yards.

Torin Halsey/Times Record News Nocona's Tate Fenoglio filled in at quarterback when his team needed him there early in the year. But he made his mark with an area-best 2,235 rushing yards.

When they were in junior high, Dee Paul and his Munday classmates would walk around the halls wearing rings made out of paper.

Of course it was Paul's idea, reaffirming that a winning mentality has always been brewing deep within his soul.

Behind his exuberance, leadership and play-making abilities, Paul turned those paper dreams of a state title into a reality last week, guiding the Moguls to their third championship in school history.

That made the Division I-bound Paul an easy choice to be the Times Record News Small School Red River 22 Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive season.

Moguls linebacker Tyrone Dockins was named the Defensive MVP, while Munday's Patrick Corcoran shared Coach of the Year honors with Nocona's Brad Keck.

Another Indian, workhorse running back Tate Fenoglio, was honored as the Offensive MVP after leading Nocona into unprecedented territory.

But the biggest story of the 2012 season was the dominance of a senior-heavy team fueled by falling short in the Class A title game the year before.

Paul said his teammates are not only gifted athletically, but also are intelligent students of the game. And they played with a determination that never waned.

"We just turned our level of play up this year," said Paul, whose hard work in the passing game paid off to the tune of 1,579 yards and 23 touchdowns. "The thing about this senior class, losing is not an option for us."

Paul's explosiveness can't solely be measured by numbers, but his high school statistics will blow you away. The senior's 1,956 rushing yards and 32 touchdowns in 2012 pushed his career totals to 6,994 rushing yards and 99 touchdowns.

Not to mention his area-leading eight interceptions this year or his 11 special teams touchdowns (seven kickoffs, four punts) the past two seasons, despite teams almost always refusing to kick it deep.

"Kids like that are once in a lifetime in towns like Munday," Corcoran said. "Bigger schools may get to see them a little more often, but I think he can compete anywhere for anyone at any time."

The Moguls set the tone with a 61-point win over Windthorst to open the season. They only played one close game, a 34-27 winner over eventual state champion Stamford that confirmed Munday was in for a special year.

"One of my best memories was in that game when Hagen Hutchinson drops back and Ryder Dillard comes in on a stunt and nails him in the back," Paul said. "I'd never seen him play that way before."

Paul broke the 300-yard rushing barrier against both Holliday and Albany this season. He also gained 263 yards against Tenaha in the title clincher, which avenged last year's defeat.

"It's a neat deal, the only teams that have beaten our group in high school were Windthorst, Stamford and Tenaha," Paul said. "And this year, we beat all three of those teams."

While Munday's offense piled up plenty of points, the Moguls also were known as a physical defensive team that grinded away at opponents.

Dockins was a ringleader on that side of the ball in addition to his role of bruising running back. After starting on the defensive line a year ago, he moved to middle linebacker in Munday's 5-3 defensive front and provided a punishing presence.

Dockins finished with 132 tackles, including 21 for a loss, two sacks and three forced fumbles.

"He's just a rock right there in the middle of the field, dependable and an enforcer," Corcoran said. "He's going to hit you and those take a toll throughout the game."

Corcoran has now won two state titles and this is the third time he has been honored as a Red River 22 coach. While some might believe coaching Munday was relatively easy, Paul credited his coaches for the team's offensive balance and defensive adjustments made this season.

Corcoran, who is averaging 10 wins a season in his eight years at Munday, said assistants Ronny Lowrance, Larry Welch and Greg Clark have been vital to the team's success.

"We've been together now for eight years and that's one of the things that has made coming to work every day easy," Corcoran said. "Those guys take care of their business. I'm just glad we're all able to stay together."

Munday had five other Red River 22 selections. Tailback Roddrick Taylor and offensive linemen Logan Groves and B.J. Araujo helped the Moguls average 57 points and 468 yards per game. Defensive end L.J. Collier and linebacker Ryder Cude were defensive stalwarts.

It also was a special season for Nocona, which had tasted some playoff success the previous year and returned a core group of three-year starters.

Behind a run-heavy offense, the Indians captured the District 5-2A Division II title, an undefeated regular season and the school's deepest playoff run, which ended with a 45-35 loss to Mildred in the state quarterfinals.

Everyone facing the Indians knew stopping Fenoglio was the key. Yet he led the area with 2,235 rushing yards and had 200-yard games against Ponder, City View and Edgewood.

Fenoglio finished his high school career with 5,084 rushing yards and 40 touchdowns.

"I told my wife after our last game I may never get to work with a group like that or coach a kid like Tate again as long as I'm coaching in small schools," Keck said. "He's intelligent and has a great work ethic. He was the total package for us. There's no doubt he's the biggest reason we won 12 ballgames."

Keck's finest season as a head coach meant even more to him because he's a Nocona native who admittedly bleeds orange and black.

Keck took over the Indians' program shortly before two-a-days in 2009 and inherited coaches Steven Grigsby, Danny Brittain, Brandon Owen and Steve Park. Since then, he has only hired two others — Matt Miller and William Raphelt — and credits the hardworking group for Nocona's success.

"I feel like I'm the luckiest guy in the world," Keck said. "I couldn't have been able to handpick a better group of men to work with."

Three other Nocona seniors made the all-star team: defensive backs Hayden Hill and Bryce Dingler and offensive lineman Jesse Salgado.

Jacksboro, which saw a seven-win improvement from a year ago behind Brian Hodnett, had three players make the team — lineman Garrett Johnson, utility player Reid Spiller and defensive back Nathan Zapata.

Seymour and Quanah, the top two programs in District 3-A Division I, each had three players recognized.

Big-play receiver Cody Adams, linebacker Bradyn Donnell and special teams threat John Mitchelle represented the Panthers. Receiver Brandon Heard, defensive end Austin Williams and tailback Craig Miles were the Indians' selections.

Frederick quarterback Trevor Flores was a rare Oklahoma choice at quarterback after he racked up 3,755 passing yards and 46 touchdowns for the 13-1 Bombers. Rounding out the offense was Windthorst lineman Derek Mankins.

Bowie lineman Conrad Willett and linebacker Tod Jackson along with Holliday linebacker Sam Shirley and defensive back Jacob Cole finished out the defense.

Paul was the first repeat small-school MVP since Windthorst's Brad Green (2005-06). Other holdovers from the 2011 team were Fenoglio, Taylor, Shirley and Cole.

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