#1 Moguls Ready for Redemption

The #1 Munday Moguls will have waited 371 days since their most recent defeat for a chance to avenge it.

They'll get that chance Thursday at noon when they get a rematch with Tenaha (10-4) in the Class 1A Division II State Championship game at Cowboys Stadium.

On Dec. 15, 2011 Tenaha defeated the Moguls 52-28 to win the state title, behind an amazing 548 all-purpose yards and six total touchdowns from senior quarterback Reginald Davis.

Davis is now a freshman at Texas Tech, and ten other Tiger seniors graduated this past spring.

That hardly leaves the Tigers' cupboard bare, though. J.R. Hill moved from receiver, where he caught one of Davis's two scoring passes in last season's game to quarterback.

After a slow start, when he threw just nine touchdowns and 13 interceptions in pre-district, he's been more consistent since, with ten TDs to just five INTs.

The Tigers' top rushing threat is Chavis Gregory, who has rushed for 1,465 yards and 22 touchdowns. He rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown in last season's championship game.

"They're young," said Munday head coach Patrick Corcoran. "They're youthful, but obviously they've done the things necessary. They've learned from their coaches, learned from the boys that played in that game last year, and developed into a solid football team. They're not as big as they were last year but they are as fast."

Still, any neutral observer has to like Munday's chances at payback. Where Tenaha only has three seniors on their roster, the Moguls only have five non-seniors.

Munday (14-0) is exceptionally deep across the board, from skill positions to the line, all led by the incomparable Dee Paul.

He is listed as a three-star recruit by most major scouting services, and deciding between Oklahoma State and Texas Tech.

But you get the impression if he lived in a bigger town and played at a larger school, there might be a few extra stars on his profile.

Several outlets including Dave Campbell's Texas Football have described Paul as one of the best players in the state of Texas, and the best player at any of this week's state title games.

Despite only playing the first half of most games this season, he's still passed for over 1500 yards and rushed for over 1700, accounting for 52 touchdowns on offense alone.

He's averaged almost fifteen yards per carry and 121 yards per game on the ground on only eight carries per week, while passing for about fourteen yards per attempt.

Add to that nine non-offensive scores, and you've got one of the most electrifying players in football.

On the rare occasion an opposing team has kicked to him, he's averaged over 32 yards per return. On the even rarer occasion a team has punted to him, he's averaged over 27 yards per return. He's intercepted eight passes, returning them an average of over 26 yards.

Munday also has running back Roddrick Taylor, who averages about fourteen yards per rush and scored 28 times on the ground in 2012, on just 107 carries. Add in five scores on six receptions this season, you're looking at a touchdown every 3.4 times he touches the ball.

Four Mogul defenders recorded over 100 tackles this season, led by Ryder Cude's 132.

When all of the numbers go away though, it comes down to motivation for the Moguls.

"We remember it all," Taylor said of last year's loss. "I'm sure that's in the back of everybody's mind. Thinking about Tenaha, how we got beat last year. We're pretty angry about that."

Coach Corcoran channeled Tom Landry when talking about last season's loss.

"'You develop character out of defeat,'" he said, quoting the Cowboys legend.  "That feeling that they had last year is something that they didn't want to feel again this year, and they worked hard to do that. And they have one more opportunity to finish the year undefeated and be state champions."

NOTES: The game will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest in HD. It will also be on the radio at both 97.1 FM and 1400 AM, KVRP.

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