TUSCOLA — Roscoe knew it couldn’t afford to turn it over against Munday in its Class 1A bi-district playoff against the Moguls and have a chance to win.
Unfortunately, that’s just what happened as the Plowboys coughed it up five times, four times in the first half. That helped Munday race to a 42-8 lead at intermission and cruise from there to a 49-14 victory.
The Moguls also racked up 404 yards, the vast ma-jority of it coming in the first half, while limiting Roscoe to 172.
Munday (9-2), which also won 31-0 when the teams met in a non-district game earlier this year, advances to play Iraan in the area round while Roscoe ends its year with a 4-7 record.
Of Munday’s six first-half touchdowns, four came after a turnover as the Moguls built a 42-0 lead. That total included three Roscoe fumbles, all of which came on either kickoffs or punts and gave Munday a very short field to work with.
Munday also benefited from a strong wind that worked in its favor during the first quarter, when Roscoe got off punts of only 26 and 15 yards that gave the Moguls better field position than they normally would have had.
Dee Paul, who ran for 221 yards the first time he faced Roscoe back in September, had 126 in the rematch. This time, he got plenty of help from Kyler Urbanczyk and Roddick Taylor as they ran for 97 and 84 yards, respectively. Those three accounted for all seven of Munday’s touchdowns.
Caden Smith finished with 136 yards rushing for Roscoe, scoring on runs of 3 and 60 yards, in the final game of an oustanding career. Most of his yards came after Munday had al-ready jumped out to its big first-half lead, however.
Roscoe coach Jonathan Haseloff said it was impor-tant to get an early lead and limit Munday’s big-play ability, but the turnovers put his team in too big of a hole. Still, he was proud of what the team accomplished in his first year after replacing Wes Williams, who retired at the end of last season.
“It was a good year,” he said. “Our non-district schedule was tough but it got us ready for district and the playoffs. The kids worked hard this year and showed good effort.”
This season was the 13th in a row for the Plowboys to reach the state playoffs.