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The Munday Moguls have the ability to score on each and every play.
 
The boys in purple and gold racked up 800 points in 2011, averaging 50 points per game on the way to the state championship game.
 
Obviously, that's a plus. But, one drawback, the Moguls rarely get to practice sustaining drives.
 
Head coach Pat Corcoran entered 2012 looking to challenge his team. The result, a gauntlet of a schedule that starts with Windthorst, Stamford, Albany, Bronte and Holliday.

"I was like wow, we can't come out sluggish," senior defensive end Ryder Dillard said.

Combined, those five teams went 55-7 in 2011, each winning at least one playoff game.

"It'll make it easier down the road,"  Dillard said. "We'll know how to battle through all four quarters. We'll how to go through the whole game like we will late in the playoffs."

Expectations remain high for a Munday offense returning nine starters, including the dangerous backfield trio of quarterback Dee Paul and runningbacks Roddrick Taylor and Tyrone Neskorik. The trio combined for 75 rushing touchdowns and 4,615 yards last season.

"There's experience there, because all these kids (on offense) have been on varsity since they were either freshmen or sophomores," Corcoran said.

Improving the passing attack is a goal for the upcoming season. Paul threw for 1,138 yards and 14 TD's last year. Corcoran is looking to keep defenses more honest.

On defense, seven starters return, but three key Moguls have graduated in defensive end Blanford Paul (136 tackles, 13 sacks), linebacker A.J. Serrato (143 tackles, four interceptions) and Jose Gonzalez (139 tackles).

To help fill one of the voids, Neskorik will return to linebacker in 2012. Also, all four starters in the defensive backfield are back. Those players new to starting are eager to step up.

"We may not be the ones who get the highlight films because of some of the guys on offense, but we've some guys that can make big hits," senior linebacker Ryder Cude said. "That will really put a spark in your defense."

Even with a tough schedule, Munday plays perennial power Muenster in district as well, the Moguls are one of the favorites to return to the state championship game. But, like any coach, Corcoran is quick to say "We've got to make sure to take care of our business and focus in on one game at a time."

Munday 2012 Schedule

8/31 vs. Windthorst
9/07 vs. Stamford
9/14 vs. Albany
9/21 at Bronte
9/28 at Holliday
10/12 vs. Perrin-Whitt
10/19 vs. Petrolia
10/26 at Muenster
11/02 vs. Era
11/09 at Electra