The opening round of the North Carolina State Playoffs had the Trojans of Alleghany High School come face to face with the Bulldogs of Murphy. With a dominating regular season, the Bulldogs are focused on reaching their goals one game at a time.
After a 10-1 regular season record, each playoff win brings the Bulldogs a step closer to reaching their goal of a State Championship, Friday night’s game was the first opportunity for these guys to get the train rolling. Coach Gentry has had his team working really hard to prepare for the Trojans and with the time at hand, Murphy came out and took a dominating victory. In the 55-7 win, Micah Nelson(QB) and his offense once again put up a stellar performance. With 430 yards of total offense on 25 plays, Murphy scored at will crossing the goal line 8 times in just over thirteen minutes of possession. nelson was 5-8 through the air for 144 yards. Leading all receivers on the night was Reid Beal(#5) with 77 yards and 1 touchdown. Rushing the football is where the Bulldogs make their mark in a game. Slade McTaggart(#32) carried the ball 4 times for 143 yards and 2 scores. Devonte Murray and KJ Allen also had a good night with multiple touches in the win.
With the offense doing what they have done all season, the defense gets the nod of excellence for the strength shown in this game. The Bulldogs allowed a total of 102 yards to Alleghany and just one score at the halfway point of the fourth quarter. The Dogs defense also forced 2 turnovers that led to points on the board for Murphy. With the big win over the Trojans last Friday, they have punched their ticket into round two. This weeks game has the Mountaineers of Mitchell High School coming in and trying their best to end the run of the high powered Bulldogs. On paper, these teams are about as evenly matched as they could be. The Mountaineers have a running back and a quarterback that have a large number of rushing yards while through the air, SR. Noah Pittman isn’t afraid to let the ball go downfield. They are the best team the Bulldogs have faced all season and without any doubts, Coach Gentry will have his team ready to stand up to the challenge. Go out on Friday and support your Murphy Bulldogs as they continue the winning tradition.