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!!
In a rare Thursday night game of high school football the Murphy Bulldogs and the Rosman Tigers clashed on the field. Once again the high powered scoring machine of Coach Gentry’s Bulldogs had the batteries charged and ready.
The scoring happened quick for Murphy when #32 Slade McTaggart scampered 14 yards into the end zone putting the Bulldogs up by 7 with the extra point by Kaitynn Wheaton. Murphy never looked back from that moment forward. Getting in on the scoring was defensive back #5 Reid Beal. With 8:56 on the first quarter clock Beal intercepted a Tiger pass and took it back for another quick touchdown bringing the score to 14-0. The Bobcats put up 4 touchdowns in the first quarter for a 28-8 lead heading into the second, Devonte Murray added 1 and McTaggart strolled across for his 2nd of the game at 3:54. Murphy’s offensive onslaught couldn’t be stopped. The second quarter saw the Bulldogs take a commanding lead putting up 20 more on 2 scores by McTaggart and the second Touchdown in the game by Murray. The Tigers of Rosman scored twice in the quarter to bring the halftime score to 48-22.
The third and fourth quarters was all Bulldogs. With the game basically out of reach of the Tigers, Murphy put 16 on the board in quarter 3 and 7 in the fourth to close out the dominating victory 71-22. Slade McTaggart had 5 TD’s and Devonte Murray crossed the goal line 3 times for the Bulldogs. These two ran for a combined 384 yards on 17 carries. The total offensive numbers for Murphy were phenomenal. Led by #2 Micah Nelson the Bulldogs had 745(629 on the ground)total yards on 48 plays from scrimmage. Possession time in the game was heavy to the Tigers at 30:03 while Murphy had the ball for just 17:57.
Next Week the 8-1(5-0 in conference) Bulldogs will host Cherokee for a another big game in their quest to take an undefeated schedule into the post season. Game time is 7:30 so come support your Bulldogs!
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.
Friday night had the Bulldogs of Murphy High School travel over to Hayesville to hit the field against one of their biggest rivals. With Coach David Gentry inching ever so close to a historical 400th win the Bulldogs left no doubts in the minds that they were there to play.
Sitting perfect in conference play and dominating opponents the Murphy football program has had an outstanding season in 2018. Murphy has put an astonishing 238 points with an average of 34 per game on 1909 rushing yards and 567 passing. Coach Gentry has his team firing on all cylinders. The game at Hayesville held true to form as the offense put up 49 points with 36 of those in the first quarter. Once again Micah Nelson marched his fellow Bulldogs up and down the field at will. Nelson was 2 of 4 in passing with 91 yards. Christian Gentry and Kyle Wright were the work horses on the night with a combined 98 yards on 15 total carries. K.J. Allen led the team in rushing yards on just 3 carries with 70 yards(23.3 average YPC). The 7 ball handlers for the Bulldogs totaled 256 yards on 26 attempts.
The Scoring for the Bulldogs came almost complete;y in the 1st quarter. Pushing the ball across the goal line for Murphy were K.J. Allen(2 TD)66 yrds and 1 yrd, Devonte Murray(2 TD) 14 yrds and 4 yrds, Barron Srabian(36 yards). Slade McTaggert(5 yard TD and a 2 point conversion), and Justice Dorsey scored from 40 yards. Defensively the Bulldogs shut down the Hayesville allowing just 154 yards of total offense. Hayesville had 1 turnover in the game with Murphy keeping to ball secure for 4 quarters.
With the Bulldogs dominating 49-7 win on Friday night they will practice hard and this week and be ready for Swain Co. at home this week.
Bob Hendrix Memorial Stadium was full once again with energetic fans ready to cheer on the home team in the Bulldogs of Murphy high School. Coming in to Friday’s game at 4-1 overall were not only looking to get just another win. The team was looking to get Coach Gentry his 398th career win in over 40 years as a coach.
This game saw the Bulldogs pick up where they left off the previous Friday night. With 366 total offensive yards on just 25 plays, Murphy averaged 14.6 yards per play. This offensive couldn’t be stopped going 3 for 3 on third down and had no punts on the night. Senior quarterback Micah Nelson led his team up and down the field to a 42-8 win over the Wildcats. Time of possession for the Bulldogs was 11 minutes and 17 seconds compared to almost 37 minutes for their counterparts .
With 6 offensive touchdowns on the night the Bulldogs spread the ball among several weapons. At 4:59 in the first quarter Slade McTaggert received the hand off and went 36 yards for the first Murphy score. The extra point was successful off the foot of Kaitlynn Wheaton. Murphy scored at 1:29 in the first on a McTaggert 1 yard run followed by Wheaton’s extra point. The big quarter for the Bulldogs was the second with 21 points put on the board. At 11:09 quarterback Micah Wilson went 18 yards, Reid Beal took a Wildcats punt and returned it for an 80 yard score with 9:22 on the clock. Justin Dorsey on a pass from Wilson stepped in to the end zone after 65 yard catch and run. Murphy would add there final score of the game at 11:08 in the third to bring score in at 42 on the night. Extra points on the scoring efforts by Murphy were at 100% by Kaitlynn Wheaton and Annie Kate Dalton. The Andrews Wildcats pushed a score across with 4 minutes and 32 seconds in the game. They would add the 2 point conversion bringing final score to 42-8 giving Coach Gentry his 398 career victory.
The Murphy Bulldogs will return to the field on October 12th as they travel to Hayesville looking for a win to continue their good season and get Coach Gentry a little closer to 400 wins.
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