Munford was fully expected to easily take care of Kingsbury Friday night at home and remain undefeated … and that’s exactly what happened.

The Cougars (9-0 overall, 5-0 Region 8-5A) got strong contributions from several back-ups and scored five times in the first half en route to a 53-0 win over Kingsbury, which fell to 1-8 overall and 0-5 in region action. The win moves Munford one win away from making school history.

With senior running back Braxton Sharp still nursing an injury sustained during the Oct. 7 win vs. Southwind that clinched the region title, several other players had a chance to shine.


Kailer Dortch led the way with 103 yards on seven carries, including a 40-yard touchdown run early in the third period that increased Munford’s lead to 45-0.

Malik Curry finished with 36 yards on four carries. He had touchdown runs of three and five yards in the second quarter that put Munford ahead 37-0. Bricen Turnage had a pair of two-point conversions to go along with 35 yards on seven carries. L.J. Daniel rounded out the scoring with a 19-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.

Munford’s defense and special teams set the tone early.

Ethan Kahayias intercepted a pass on Kingsbury’s first possession and Jeremiah Sullins added the two-point conversion for an 8-0 Munford lead. Moments later, Aidan Jones returned a blocked punt for another Munford score.

Late in the second quarter, Jordan Bell hooked up with Isaiah Cobbs on a 46-yard TD pass that pushed the lead to 23-0. Bell, Cobbs any many other starters sat most of the second half.

The Cougars will be looking to become the first team in Munford history to finish a season undefeated when Memphis Central comes to town Friday night for a Region 8-5A game. Munford has the region title locked up regardless of the result. If Munford wins, they will be in first place by themselves. If Central wins, a three-way tie would likely materialize between Munford, Central and Southwind. Munford would win the tiebreaker because of their overall record and the top seed in the playoffs.

Jeff Ireland
Author: Jeff Ireland