MURPHY, NC – Despite facing a team with twice the players and losing one of their own to injury in the first half, the Murphy High boys soccer team earned a 2-1 win against Tallulah Falls at home Monday, Sept. 16.
The win was the first on the season for the Bulldogs (1-1) and came courtesy of gritty play and two goals from junior Kenneth Parker.
Parker scored his first goal early, finding the back of the net in just the second minute.
Much later, with the score even at a goal each and less than six minutes left in regulation, Parker again found the net for his second strike to push the Bulldogs into the lead.
Murphy was without junior forward Luke Ritz in the second half. Ritz left the game in the 16th minute due a severe ankle injury.
After Ritz’s exit, the Bulldogs found their total roster down to just 11, leaving no substitutions available for first-year head coach Justin Butler.
After a long delay in which Ritz was taken off by ambulance, Butler said he was proud of how
his team played with just 11 players for the remaining 65 minutes of the game.
“They played fantastic. They dug deep and continued to play hard, and it paid off with a goal late in the game and a well-earned win,” Butler said.
Ritz was diagnosed with a broken ankle and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
“I have one (player) that was not able to suit up that will be with us normally, and one or two more that may be joining us,” Butler said of his short-staffed squad.
The Bulldogs will need to add to the roster if they hope to improve upon a 4-9 overall record, 3-7 in the conference, from a season ago.
Murphy next plays on the road at Franklin, beginning at 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19.
The Bulldogs are slated to open play in the 1-A Smoky Mountain Conference against Hayesville at home Sept. 25.
The first TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week for the Murphy Bulldogs goes to Justice Dorsey! Dorsey broke loose on a 76 yard carry for the second Bulldog touchdown of the night against Georgia Force Christian on Friday. This score contributed to the Bulldogs overall win of 40-9.
Congratulations to Justice Dorsey, the first TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week for the Murphy Bulldogs!
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JASPER, GA- 48 seconds into the game, Murphy Bulldogs quarterback Joey Curry hits Micah Nelson for a 48-yard touchdown pass. “Miss Automatic” Katelyn Jones kicks the extra point, and that put the Bulldogs up early 7-0.
Slade McTaggert came ready to play, intercepting the Falcons on their opening drive for a 20-yard pick 6 for another Murphy Bulldogs touchdown. Jones PAT is good, to put the Bulldogs up 14-0 in the first quarter.
Still in the first quarter of play, Curry throws touchdown number two connecting with Devonte Murray on a 16-yard touchdown pass, adding to their first quarter lead. PAT is good. 21-0 with over 7 minutes to go in the first quarter.
The unstoppable force known as KJ Allen “Bulldogs” his way down the field for an impressive 49-yard touchdown run. Jones is again successful on the extra point, adding to their already impressive lead. At the end of the 1st quarter 28-0 Bulldogs.
On the other side of the ball, McTaggart showing he can play offense, breaking away for a 45-yard dash down the field for another Murphy Bulldogs touchdown. The extra point was no good, giving us a 34-0 score with plenty of time left in the second quarter.
Murray adds to his touchdown total for the night with a turbo boosted gallop into the endzone from 18 yards out. Extra point is good by Jones, Murphy Bulldogs 41, North Georgia Falcons 0 just before the half.
#48 Kyle Wright came out with an unmatched tenacity, and it showed on a 5-yard power run for the game’s final score. Jones was successful on the extra point, and that would be all folks. Final score of this one, Murphy Bulldogs 48, North Georgia Falcons 0.
What the scoreboard doesn’t show is the heart of the Falcons players, coaches, and their fans. They never gave up, they kept on fighting until the end. Late in the fourth quarter they successfully executed a 40-yard fake field goal attempt that resulted in a 1st and 10 inside the Bulldogs redzone.
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