Friday night was a another big game for the Bulldogs of Murphy High School as they faced the Maroon Devils of Swain County. Once again Coach Gentry had his team fired up and ready to complete the task and get the victory.
With just 41 offensive plays and a possession time of 18 minutes and 30 seconds the Bulldog offense put up 396 rushing yards in the dominating 49-7 win over Swain Co. Leading the charge in the running game, #32 Slade McTaggart carried the ball 13 times for 123 yards. Taking some of the load off the legs of McTaggart was #10 K.J. Allen(9 carries for 99 yards) and #28 Devonte Murray who had 95 yards on 9 touches. With the running game firing on all cylinders quarterback Micah Nelson threw the football twice with both being completions(2 of 2 for 39 yards). The very strong defense for the Bulldogs held the Maroon Devils to 152 yards of total offense on 52 plays and 1 touchdown.
The seven touchdowns for Murphy came on the legs of Nelson(1 and 57), McTaggart(1 yard), and Murray with runs of 4, 53, 12 and 11 for touchdowns. As perfect as the stats seem there is one stat that Coach David Gentry and his staff never want to see again. The Bulldogs had 12 penalties for 115 yards showing that no matter how well a team runs and passes the ball or even how much a team scores there are still things in a game the coaches need to get their players better at doing or not doing.
Murphy will travel to play Rosman next Friday to try and get yet another wit to bring their record to 8-1 overall and continue the undefeated conference schedule.