#1 Moguls Get Revenge, Win State Title

The Munday Moguls walked off the field as second best in the state last season.

371 days later, Munday is now the best in the state.

"It's just surreal," senior linebacker Ryder Cude said. "It's something we've been working for since seventh grade. The senior class then won. We decided then and there that we wanted to win one too."

The Moguls topped Tenaha, the team that defeated Munday 52-28 last year, 42-14 to claim the Class A Div. II State Championship at Cowboys Stadium.

Quarterback Dee Paul started the scoring with a 57-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter. Early in the second, the Moguls fans all gasped together, as the senior landed on his right wrist on a tackle near the sideline.

"There was no chance (of not returning to the game)," he said. "I was going to play regardless. I got to come back and win for my town."

Paul says that doctors say the wrist may be broken, but after a taping on the sideline and a double-taping at the half, he played the rest of the way.

The Moguls' passing game suffered, Paul went 1-7 for 14 yards, but the team relied on the ground game, racking up 469 yards.

Nineteen of those yards came on Munday's second TD of the first half, a 19-yd run from runningback Roddrick Taylor.

With 45 seconds left in the half, Tenaha's J.R. Hill hit D'Andre Thomas from 12 yards out to tie the game at 14 at the break.

The two teams traded possessions in the third quarter, then a Garrett Weaver 42-yard punt return set up a quick-strike two-play drive, capped off by an 18-yd Taylor run.

The momentum shifted back to Munday. Three plays into Tenaha's ensuing drive, Munday had full momentum of the game.

"They'd been hitting us with screens all day. I knew they were going to try to do it again," lineman L.J. Collier said.

The junior reached out and deflected a Hill swing pass, gained control of the ball and headed 35 yards for the score and a 28-14 Munday lead.

"We knew that was the turning point of the game," Cude said.

"I knew at the moment that the game was over and that we'd become state champions," Weaver said.

The defense pitched a shutout in the second half, allowing only 101 total yards.

In the fourth quarter, Dee Paul ran for two touchdowns, 115 yards total, two exclamation points to a state title.

"I really wasn't thinking," he said. "All I can hear is the wind going through my ears."

For the Tenaha defense, it was a windy day. Paul earned offensive player of the game honors, running for 263 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries.

Collier earned defensive player of the game, with six tackles, three tackles for loss, one sack and the interception return TD.

"We accomplished the goal that we set last year after we loss," he said.

For 17 seniors, they accomplished that goal and end their careers as champions.