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Mundy's Mill mauls Morrow to end regular season; now turns attention towards playoffs

By Rory Sharrock

rsharrock@news-daily.com

With its playoff position securely locked and playing against a one-win team on the last game of the regular season, this was the perfect trap scenario to trip up Mundy's Mill as they played host to Morrow.

However, the Tigers (6-3-1, 4-2) avoided the potential snare that was laid out before them by running past Morrow (1-9, 0-5) 39-13 on Senior Night at Twelve Oaks Stadium.

A close-knit contest in the opening quarter, which put a slight scare into the hearts of the Tiger faithful, quickly turned into a rout by the half.

After Morrow tied the game at 7 following a 25-yard touchdown pass from Marlon Riddick to Elisha McDaniel, Mundy's Mill scored 32 unanswered points en route to victory lane.

"As always, I'm proud of them. They continue to work hard and they executed tonight," said Mundy's Mill head coach Kenneth Barrow. "We have to get a little bit better on defense. We screwed up some coverages. We just have to go back to work on Sunday (coaches) and get ready for the playoffs."

Five different players contributed to the Tigers' touchdown party, including quarterback Miguel Starks, wide receiver Donte McConico, running back Mike Moore, who reached the end zone twice, fullback Stephon Francios and linebacker Jamar Hall, who returned an interception for a four-yard score.

McConico's touchdown came courtesy of a 65-yard pass from wide out Leonard Walker on a reverse pass to put the Tigers up 14-7 late in the first quarter.

"We really worked on that play all week. The coaches believed we could score on the play. I saw him open and I just threw it," Walker said of the play.

While Mundy's Mill took care of its business with ease versus Morrow, its next opponent will present a tougher challenge as it hits the road to play the winner of Stephenson or Douglass in the first round of the state playoffs next week.

Both schools will face off tonight at Stephenson.

"During the playoffs there is a difference in the speed of the game," said Barrow. "The kids play harder and there is a higher level of intensity. You have to read your assignments and do exactly what you're supposed to do. Everything gets faster."

Morrow closes out the 2007 season at 1-9 and on a seven-game losing streak. This is the ninth-consecutive year in which the Mustangs finished with an under .500 record. The school's last winning season took place in 1998 when they went 10-2.

Mundy's Mill has now won four-straight over Morrow. During this streak, they've outscored the Mustangs 123-34.