COLORADO CITY — Playing the day after Thanksgiving couldn't slow down Dee Paul and the No. 1 Munday Moguls on Friday, and neither could the Wink Wildcats, who saw their season end with a 63-34 loss in a Class A Division II area-round matchup at Wolf Stadium.
After a monstrous first half, the Moguls trotted into the locker room up 50-8. They then cruised the rest of the way, as backups and junior varsity players rotated into the mix.
"The defense played well, and the offensive line handled their assignments," Munday coach Patrick Corcoran said. "The positive (to take from the game) is the win."
The speed and agility of the Moguls' skill players proved overwhelming for Wink, who surrendered 578 total yards.
Paul and tailback Roderick Taylor got the scoring going early with touchdown dashes of 72 and
53 yards in the first quarter. The senior duo combined for 242 yards on the ground, and Paul, who confirmed he withdrew his verbal commitment to SMU earlier in the week to evaluate other options, complemented his rushing performance with 175 passing yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.
The speed of the Moguls secondary also was evident throughout the evening. On a number of occasions, Wink receivers were chased down and tackled from behind in the open field despite having a considerable cushion after the catch.
Munday, which moved into the No. 1 early in the season after opening the year at No. 3 in the statewide polls, has yet to suffer a loss in its quest to return to the state title game it lost last year to Tenaha.
"We try to put that to the side and approach each game like it is the state championship," Paul said. "When you're at the top (of the rankings) you can only go down."
The Moguls dominated Friday's game from the opening kickoff, outgaining the Wildcats by 225 yards while collecting a fumble and forcing nine punts in the contest. Paul also prevented a touchdown after an interception at the goal line late in the second quarter.
Wink scored the majority of its points in the fourth quarter against Munday's underclassmen.
"Being the top-ranked team in the state, you just have to keep working on you," Corcoran said. "You focus on your opponent and getting better each and every week."
The lopsided victory improves to Moguls to 11-0. Munday will play Hamlin in the regional quarterfinals next week at a site yet to be determined.
Munday 63, Wink 34
Wink 0 8 6 20 — 34
Munday 16 34 13 0 — 63
MUN — Dee Paul 72 run (Garrett Weaver run); 9:43.
MUN — Rodderick Taylor 53 run (Tyrone Dockins from Dee Paul), 8:07
WIN — Aaron Halterman 19 pass from Riley Richardson (Jordan Williams from Riley Richardson), 11:09
MUN — Dee Paul 53 run (Dewayne Castorena kick), 10:58
MUN — Rodderick Taylor 60 run (Dewayne Castorena kick), 7:38
MUN — Tyrone Dockins 16 run (kick failed), 5:05
MUN — Jake Myers 15 pass from Dee Paul (Dewayne Castorena run), 1:57
MUN — Rodderick Taylor 56 pass from Dee Paul (kick failed), 0:09
WIN — Jordan Sonnier 46 run (pass failed), 10:50
MUN — Jake Myers 50 run (Dewayne Castorena kick), 10:27
MUN — Victor Garcia 41 run (kick failed), 8:07
WIN — Aaron Halterman 25 pass from Riley Richardson (pass failed), 11:45
WIN — Riley Richardson 1 run (pass failed), 7:54
WIN — Aaronn Halterman 7 pass from Riley Richardson (Cory Funderburg from Riley Richardson), 0:01
First Downs 12 14
Rushes-Yards 44-223 25-403
Passing Yards 130 175
Passing 8-21-1 9-12-0
Punts-Avg 9-34.4 3-37.3
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 3-3
Penalties-Yards 3-20 8-80
Rushing — Wink, Riley Richardson 19-144, Jordan Sonnier 14-74, Jordan Williams 7-12, Malik Harden 2-10, Team 2-(-17). Munday, Dee Paul 3-125, Rodderick Taylor 3-117, Victor Garcia 7-72, Jake Myers 3-47, Alfonso Nunez 5-39, Tyrone Dockins 2-8, Trey Stinnett 3-2, Team 1-(-7).
Passing — Wink, Riley Richardson 8-22-1—130. Munday, Dee Paul 9-12-0—175.
Receiving — Wink, Aaron Halterman 3-51, Dominique Williams 1-37, Jordan Sonnier 2-19, Steve Avila 1-12, Cory Funderburg 1-11. Munday, Roddrick Taylor 1-56, Jake Myers 3-36, Dewayne Castorena 1-32, L.J. Coller 2-25, Tyrone Dockins 1-20, Trey Stinnett 1-6.
Records — Munday 11-0.