Duncan: Moguls highlight year of dominant teams

Zach Duncan

Another memorable regular season of high school football is in the books. The 2012 season will go down as one of the most top-heavy in recent memory.

No. 1 Munday has been the most dominant team I have covered in the nine seasons on the area beat for this newspaper.

Not only are the Moguls undefeated, but so are Nocona, Notre Dame and Oklahoma schools Frederick and Tipton. It wouldn't be surprising to have four or five area teams playing for state titles next month.

In fact, of the 21 11-man teams we keep tabs on, seven had at least eight victories. Only three did at this time a year ago.

Even though those records and accomplishments don't mean much going forward, it's still important to recognize the most memorable moments of the 2012 regular season:

Biggest win: Nocona hadn't beaten Holliday in almost 30 years, and almost all of those previous encounters hadn't been close.

The Indians traveled to Holliday Oct. 26 with a perfect 7-0 mark on the line, took their first lead in the fourth quarter and held off the Eagles for a 14-13 slugfest.

On the field after the game, you could feel how much that outcome meant to not only the kids but also everyone in the entire town.

Most exciting game: Holliday was involved in a bunch of them. Besides Nocona, the Eagles were barely on the losing side of thrillers involving Vernon and Jacksboro, too.

Rider's 26-17 comeback against Amarillo, in which the Raiders drove 85 yards in the closing minutes to score with nine seconds remaining, certainly would also be a fine representative here.

But give me Seymour's 44-38 overtime victory over Quanah to clinch the District 3-A Division I title.

It featured touchdowns on special teams and defense, lots of lead changes and both teams trading scores — and accompanying two-point conversions — in the final minutes of regulation to force overtime.

Biggest upset: There really weren't many memorable upsets in the 11-man ranks. A close call like Rider-Azle comes to mind, but nothing earth-shattering.

So let's dip down into the six-man ranks and Dallas Covenant's 80-76 win over Throckmorton. Maybe it wasn't a huge surprise, considering the Hounds only won by 20 points a year ago. But it did snap Throckmorton's 33-game regular season streak.

Most impressive feat: About everything No. 1 Munday has accomplished this year has been impressive.

Beating Windthorst by 61 — check. Handing Holliday its worst loss since 1988 — check. Outscoring district foes 329-16 — check.

But to hold an opponent without a first down, like the Moguls did in a 67-0 win over Petrolia on Oct. 19 — is simply amazing.

Biggest surprise: It's Jacksboro in a squeaker over Vernon.

Both turned 2-8 into 8-2, but I thought the Lions would be better after playing really good defense for much of 2011.

Jacksboro is another story. The Tigers lost their eight games by an average of 29 points a year ago. It's mostly the same players. But those guys have more experience, and Brian Hodnett's staff has done a tremendous job.

Biggest disappointment: If you look at this from an individual perspective, it was Ohio State-bound quarterback J.T. Barrett tearing his ACL in early October.

While 6-4 is never anything to be too bummed about, Bowie was expected to compete for a district title in 2A after its successful 3A run a year ago. But the Jackrabbits dropped their last three games and finished fifth in a difficult district.

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