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FNF Preview: 2013 Munday Moguls
Texoma's most talked about team in 2012 was the Munday Moguls. They finished as Class 1A Division Two State Champions, defeating Tenaha at Cowboys Stadium last December.
However, the 2013 Moguls suffered a huge loss of players after graduation. That isn't enough to slow this team down.
Over the course of 2012, the Munday Moguls finished as one of the most dominant teams this area has ever seen. They outscored their opponents 857-145 in an undefeated season. Dee Paul racked up more than 4000 all purpose yards, was named the Class A Defensive Player of the Year and took home Offensive MVP from the state title game. He's now at Texas Tech. Rodrick Taylor has taken his talents to Wayland Baptist. They have left behind a group of Moguls that are eager to make their own mark on Munday Football.
LJ Collier will lead the team this year. This senior began turning heads two years in the state title. When asked which college he was going to attend, he simply replied he was just a sophomore. Last season LJ had what many felt was the play of the year in Texoma. Munday was up by one touchdown in the second half of the state championship game, when LJ picked off a pass and ran it into the endzone. He would receiveDefensive MVP honors. He is now committed to Texas Tech and is preparing with this season. He has played at tightend the past two seasons, but this year he is switching to fullback. Head Coach Patrick Corcoran said he is expecting big things from his big man.
Koko Thompson is another big senior that Corcoran will stablize in the trenches, especially on defense. Corcoran said he expects him not to be moved and basically be a two gap player in the middle of the field. Thompson moves well for his size and is able to make plays. He proved that in the state title game.
Much of the rest of the defense is smaller this season, but quick. A new dynamic for a team that allowed 14 or fewer points in the 12 of 15 games, including four shutouts and five games of seven or fewer points.
Alfonso Nunez, who ripped off big runs at the end of the championship game will take over the offense this season. The rest of the Moguls roster will rely on the late game experience they earned last season during Mogul victory blowouts. Corcoran feels the back-to-back runs to the state title game will play a major role in the development of this year's squad.
The gauntlet of Windthorst, Stamford, and Albany will return to the schedule to start this season. Those games were at home last year. the Stamford game was the closest Munday had ll year. Munday won 34-27. This year, those games are on the road and Corcoran acknowledges those teams will likely be deeper than the Moguls this year.
Despite graduating most of the key components to last season's championship squad, the goals don't change and this year's team will not be written off. Though it may be tougher this season, this squad will give all they have to get back to Cowboys Stadium. The Moguls outscored district opponents Perrin-Whitt, Munster, Petrolia, Era, and Electra 329-16 last year. don't be surprised if that margin shrinks this year, but don't rule out another Munday district sweep either.