Training Camp Road Trip: Munday Moguls

Training Camp Road Trip: Munday Moguls

Last year the Munday Moguls took everything they wanted, winning all 15 games by an average margin of 46 points on their way to a third state title.

This year, things are a little different. After graduating 17 seniors from last year's team, the Moguls will be a much younger team in 2013.

"You can't replace 17 or 18 seniors that have been through the battles, and played so many games," head coach Patrick Corcoran said Monday, on the first day of practice.

The Moguls do have ten seniors, but only four were on the varsity roster during the 2012 regular season.

"We look for them to slowly fill in to that [role]," Corcoran said. "You know, they really don't know right now, necessarily, what they're supposed to say or do."

The biggest name on the team this year is also the biggest player. Senior L.J. Collier is verbally committed to follow former teammate Dee Paul to Texas Tech.

On offense, he'll move from tight end to fullback, using his size to his advantage.

"[I'll] just try to bully guys around as much as I can," Collier said. "Just make stuff happen."

He's already shown himself a dominant force as a defensive end, delivering maybe the signature play of last year's title game with his tip and interception that gave Munday the lead for good.

He knows this year he'll be even more important to the Moguls.

"Some guys are gonna have to step up but mostly they're going to lean on me in the fourth quarter to make big plays, on offense and defense," Collier said. "I'm going to have to get in better shape, I'm going to have to do a lot of the work this year."

"You know, he's got a lot of pressure on his shoulders to perform and live up to some of the expectations that are out there," Corcoran said. "But we just want him to relax, have fun and enjoy his senior year."

Of course, no one is going to fill the shoes of Dee Paul. But the player filling his position is junior quarterback Alfonso Nunez, who came up to the varsity during the playoffs and averaged over five yards per carry.

"Last year in the State game I ripped off a couple good runs," Nunez said. "So I have a feeling it'll help the team have faith in me."

"Oh, that'll help him a lot," Collier said of Nunez's experience at then-Cowboys Stadium. "He enjoyed it, and he went out there, caught them off guard. He went out there and attacked them."

After winning games by margins of 70, 80, and even more last year, the Moguls know they'll have an even bigger target on their backs this year than they usually do, but they're not scared.

"We may not have a lot, but we're going to fight back," Collier said.

"We'll be ready," Corcoran said of his team. "I think our kids are going to understand that. But it's going to be a tough row to hoe."

The Moguls open the season on the road against former district rival Windthorst, who will be looking for payback after a 68-7 loss in Munday to open last season.