Friday night the Bulldogs of Murphy faced the toughest challenge of the 2018 season as the welcomed a tough team from Cherokee. Trying to remain unbeaten, Coach Gentry’s Bulldogs started off a little slow but took control about the halfway point in the game.
In the slow start, Murphy put seven points on the board at 7 minutes and 10 seconds on the clock. K.J. Allen(#10) took the football 32 yards to paydirt for his first of 5 touchdowns in the game. With a rare miss by Wheaton on the extra point, the Bulldogs had a 6-0 lead in the 1st quarter of play. Also unusual, the high powered offense of the Bulldogs didn’t register their second score in the game until late in the 2nd quarter on a 1 yard TD again by Allen(2 point conversion was unsuccessful). In the first half of play, Cherokee fought for 2 touchdowns of their own and carried a 2 point lead into the locker room at the intermission.
Coach Gentry and his staff dealt with the issues of the first half play and the 3rd quarter proved to be what the Bulldogs needed. With 23 unanswered points, the Bulldogs opened up a commanding lead and never looked back. Justin Dorsey(#6) took the opening kickoff down the field for 84 yards and a Bulldog touchdown putting Murphy up for good and a 49-28 conference win. Several Bulldogs performed well but leading the stats for the game was none other than K.J. Allen. Allen scored 3 more TD’s to total 5 for the night. He did this on 15 carries for 189 yards rushing with 2 receptions for an additional 42 yards in the game. The Bulldogs had 423 total yards on the night that brings them ever so close to having an astronomical 5000- yard season. The defense of Murphy has been strong this season as well allowing 1275 yards rushing an only 1098 through the air.
The Bulldogs are preparing to make another run through the playoff brackets and return to the battle of the best and play for another State Title. GO BULLDOGS!!