By SCOTT MCKIE B.P.
ONE FEATHER STAFF
MURPHY – It was the first day of October, and it definitely felt like it as a blast of cold air filled the Murphy High School stadium as the Braves came to town to play the Bulldogs on Friday, Oct. 1. Murphy poured in 53 points and totaled an incredible 601 yards of offense to give long-time coach David Gentry his 300th overall win.
It was not the best game for the Braves, but there were some shining stars. Dorian Walkingstick continued his ground assault with 242 yards on 38 carries and 1 TD. Buddy Arch led the way on the other side of the ball with 10 tackles. He also forced and recovered a fumble.
Murphy scored the first five touchdowns of this game and dominated the first three quarters.
Bulldogs QB Seth Curtis threw a 13-yd touchdown pass to Chris Edwards with 4:07 left in the first quarter to get things going. Just seconds into the second quarter, Edwards ran 79 yards for a score.
Brooklyn McKeon caught a 75-yard touchdown pass from Curtis with a little less than three minutes left before halftime to make it 19-0.
Then, just about a minute later, Curtis ran 27 yards for the third touchdown of the half he had a part of. Murphy led 27-0 at the half.
Midway through the third quarter, Murphy’s Devon Reese found the end zone on a 6-yard run and Murphy led 34-0 going into the final quarter.
Cherokee would get on the board though as Walkingstick scored on a 10-yd run just two minutes in to make it 34-6.
Murphy would score twice in a three-minute span on a 12-yd run by Tony Swezey and a 58-yd run by James Posey to make it 47-6.
Cherokee scored one more time though as Greg Bradley found the end zone on a 10-yd run to make it 47-12.
The Bulldogs would add one more score as Posey ran 49 yards for the final score to make it 53-12.
Murphy outgained Cherokee 601 yard to 315 yards on total offense and 456 yards to 261 yards of net yards rushing. Cherokee was 3 of 14 on third down conversions and had to punt six times.
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