Pisgah football was shut out in its first game of the season, losing a 12-0 defensive slugfest at Murphy.
Staying true to their brands of football, both Murphy and Pisgah opted to run the ball far more than going to the air, and as would be expected, the game was plenty physical. However, it was also clear that both teams had some early jitters, as penalties and turnovers plagued both squads, hampering their offenses throughout the game.
The first half was largely uneventful, as neither team was able to put together a long drive. While Pisgah had two possessions that looked promising, both were brought to an abrupt halt by fumbles.
Although the Bears were able to consistently win the field position battle in the first two quarters, the Bulldogs entered halftime with lead when, with only about 45 seconds left, running back Devonte Murray broke through the line and got past Pisgah’s safeties to score. After botching the extra point, Murphy entered the half up 6-0.
After stopping Murphy on the opening drive of the third quarter, Devan Dodgin found the end zone on a tremendous return, but the touchdown was called back, and Pisgah instead started its first drive of the third quarter on its own 29.
After going back and forth for a few drives, with Pisgah facing a 3rd and 8 deep in its own territory, Griffith rolled right, found some time, and hit a wide open Eric Robinson at about midfield, giving Pisgah a 1st and 10 at the Murphy 47. However, two plays later, Griffith was picked off when he threw a bullet right into the middle of the field.
From there, Murphy was able to run the ball effectively enough to run the clock down without giving the ball back to the Bears, and even as head coach Brett Chappell burned his timeouts, Murphy maintained a steady drive that ultimately allowed Murray to again find the end zone, securing the win for the Bulldogs.
Check Monday’s Mountaineer for a full recap.