MURRAY FOOTBALL - 2009
2009 results (3-6, 2-4)

Aug. 21 - at Ogden (L 13-32)
Aug. 28 - HILLCREST (L 21-27)
Sept. 4 - TAYLORSVILLE (W 24-9)
Sept. 11 - at Cottonwood* (L 16-52)
Sept. 18 - GRANGER* (W 48-23)
Sept. 25 - Open
Sept. 30 - at Hunter* (L 14-48)
Oct. 9 - WEST* (L 14-35)
Oct. 16 - at Cyprus* (W 24-17)
Oct. 22 - SKYLINE* (L 35-59)

* - Region 4 games
Home games in CAPS


2008 results (0-10, 0-7)

Aug. 22 – LOGAN (L 8-41)
Aug. 29 – at Hillcrest (L 14-19)
Sept. 5 – at Taylorsville (L 7-19)
Sept. 12 – COTTONWOOD* (L 0-42)
Sept. 19 – EAST* (L 7-34)
Sept. 26 – at Cyprus* (L 14-16)
Oct. 3 – GRANGER* (L 7-26)
Oct. 10 – at West* (L 19-41)
Oct. 15 – OLYMPUS* (L 7-37)
Oct. 23 – at Highland* (L 0-42)


Murray links

* - Murray home page
* - Murray football preview
* - Murray football history
* - Murray High School website
* - Murray site on Wikipedia.org
* - Murray 2009 football roster
Region 2 standings


Hunter            5      1     211  103         8      3     206   218
Cottonwood    5      1     247    85         8      4     401   253
Skyline           4      2     256  157         7      4     386   260
West               4      2     188  120         5      6     242   248
Murray            2      4     151  238         3      6     209   293
Granger          1      5       96  270         3      7     176   406
Cyprus            0      6       61  239         2      8     162   372

Nov. 12 game (5A semifinal)

Hunter vs. Davis

Nov. 6 games (5A playoffs)

Hunter 45, Lone Peak 37 (3 OT)
Alta 37, Cottonwood 13

Oct. 30 results (4A playoffs)

Cottonwood 23, Viewmont 7
Hunter 24, Weber 20
Syracuse 31, Skyline 7
Davis 28, West 7

Oct. 22 results

Cottonwood 52, Cyprus 8
West 55, Granger 20
Skyline 59, Murray 35

Oct. 16 results

Cottonwood 54, Granger 0
Murray 24, Cyprus 17 (OT)
Hunter 35, Skyline 34
Olympus 7, West 6

Oct. 9 results

Hunter 24, Cottonwood 14
Granger 27, Cyprus 7
West 35, Murray 14
Skyline 41, East 7

Oct. 2 result

Granger 27, Snake River (ID) 24

Sept. 30 results

Cottonwood 32, West 9
Skyline 49, Cyprus 19
Hunter 48, Murray 14

Sept. 25 results

Cottonwood 43, Skyline 28
Hunter 56, Granger 20
West 49, Cyprus 10
Region                          Overall
W     L      PF    PA         W     L       PF    PA
Oct. 22 - Skyline 59, Murray 35

Story of the game - QB Chase Dunford rushed for 87 yards, and
led Skyline's running game that averaged over 10 yards per carry,
as the Eagles blew past Murray in a Region 2 game and reached
the post-season playoffs for the 24th consecutive year.

Murray's best moment - The Spartans rallied in the second half
against Skyline reserves. QB Dee Hamala had a decent game, but
reserve QB Drew Rindlisbacher completed 5 of 5 passes for 127
yards and two TDs as Murray matched Skyline's scoring in the
second half.

Skyline's best moment - Skyline's offense was unstoppable in the
first half. The Eagles scored every time they had the ball, and
stretched a 14-7 first-quarter lead to 42-7 at halftime. RB Algernon
Brown ran for two scores and caught a pass for another.

What we learned from this game - While the outcome was never in
doubt, Murray put a up a fight in the second half. That had to please
coach Dan Aragon. Murray's best days are ahead.

Next - Murray is done for the year. Skyline plays at Syracuse in the
first round of the 5A playoffs.

Links - Officially, there was no local media coverage of this game,
but I was there (unofficially ... on my own time). To read my game
story,
click here. To see my game blog, click here. To check out the
Deseret News box score,
click here.


Oct. 16 - Murray 24, Cyprus 17 (OT)

Story of the game - QB Dee Hamala scored the go-ahead
touchdown in overtime, and then the Spartans held Cyprus on
downs to claim their second Region 2 victory of the season.

Murray's best moment - Hamala ran the ball 29 times, and passed
it 29 more, so he was involved in almost every offensive play. The
defense decided the game, though, when Joe Fisihetau sacked the
Cyprus QB on a third-down play in overtime, and the Pirates couldn't
recover.

Cyprus' best moment - The Pirates trailed 17-7 in the fourth
quarter, but then kicked a field goal and tied the game with 1:17 left
when George Wolfgramm broke loose for a 45-yard touchdown run.

What we learned from this game - The Spartans won their third
game overall, giving them their best season season 2006. This
certifies Murray's turnaround, even if it doesn't reach the
post-season.

Next - Cyprus ends its season at Cottonwood. Murray plays host to
Skyline.

Links - The Salt Lake Tribune had a reporter at the game. To read
the Tribune story,
click here. To view the Deseret News box score,
click here.


Oct. 9 - West 35, Murray 14

Story of the game - Tana Afeaki and Anetipa Vaisagano combined
for 300 yards rushing and teammate Josh Fitisemanu was credited
with five sacks as West downed Murray in a Region 2 game.

Murray's best moment - Murray didn't have much of a running
game, so QB Dee Hamala had to throw. He completed 18 of 45
passes for 184 yards and two scores. He was also intercepted
twice.

West's best moment - Vaisagano had two long runs in the first half
as West took a 21-7 lead. The defense also helped by recovering a
Murray fumble on the 5-yard line, which quickly led to a score.

What we learned from this game - Murray couldn't win the battle on
the line, and that was the difference in the game. Someone needs
to step up to help Hamala.

Next - Murray travels to play Cyprus. West is at Olympus.

Links - The Deseret News had a reporter at this game. To read the
D-News story,
click here. To view the Salt Lake Tribune box score,
click here.


Sept. 30 - Hunter 48, Murray 14

Story of the game - La'au Tanuvasa rushed for a career-high 291
yards and scored four touchdowns as Hunter went on the road and
blitzed Murray in a Region 2 game.

Murray's best moment - After Hunter took a 7-0 lead, QB Dee
Hamala led the Spartans on a touchdown drive, scoring on a short
run. But Murray couldn't keep up. The offense didn't score again
until the fourth period. Hamala had a decent night running, with 127
yards on 12 carries.

Hunter's best moment - The Wolverines dominated the line of
scrimmage. Tanuvasa averaged a whopping 20 yards per carry,
and teammate Ekuasi Tavo did a little better, running four times for
87 yards. Hunter ended with 556 yards total offense.

What we learned from this game - The game was won on the line,
and Hunter clearly had the better team. Based on this year's results,
the Spartans need to be more physical.

Next - Murray has a home game against West. Hunter plays host to
Cottonwood.

Links - The Deseret News had a reporter at the game. To read the
D-News story,
click here. To view the Salt Lake Tribune box score,
click here.


Sept. 18 - Murray 48, Granger 23

Story of the game - Tyler Prestwich ran for 102 yards and scored
three times as Murray pulled away in the third quarter in earned its
second win of the season.

Granger's best moment - The Lancers information was not
available.

Murray's best moment - QB Dee Hamala passed for three
touchdowns for Murray, which led 28-7 after the third quarter and
then both teams moved the ball in the final period. Prestwich was
Murray's leading tackler on defense.

What we learned from this game - This was a beautiful victory for
Murray, and the Spartans are back. No longer are they relegated to
the region cellar. This team could make a difference in the
standings.

Next - Murray is off until Sept. 30, when it plays Hunter. Granger
takes on
Hunter at home next week.

Links - There was no local media coverage of this game. To read
the Deseret News brief,
click here. To view the Salt Lake Tribune
box score,
click here.


Sept. 11 - Cottonwood 52, Murray 16

Story of the game - QB Crosby Jensen passed for four scores, and
RB Nadan Hosea ran for three more as Cottonwood rallied from an
early scare by Murray and beat their neighbors in a Region 2 game.

Murray's best moment - The Spartans are better than before, and
surprised a lot of people early. QB Dee Hamala threw a 20-yard TD
pass to Julian Moore and then outran Cottonwood's defense on a
59-yard run. Despite the loss, this game should help with Murray's
confidence.

Cottonwood's best moment - The Colts were down 16-7, but then
got the offense going. They were unstoppable after that, and the
defense came alive, too. The tipping point was the second quarter,
when Cottonwood scored 35 points, showing it can explode likes
its past offenses did.

What we learned from this game - Yes, the score indicates a
blowout, but it showed that times are changing in this "rivalry." This
game may have been difficult for Cottonwood to focus on because
its schedule to date has been so difficult.

Next - Murray plays host to Granger in Region 2. Cottonwood plays
host to 5A power
Bingham.

Links - There was no local media coverage, but it was broadcast
locally on radio. To read the Deseret News brief,
click here. To view
the Salt Lake Tribune box score,
click here.


Sept. 4 - Murray 24, Taylorsville 9

Story of the game - Dee Hamala ran for one touchdown and
passed for two more as Murray broke a 19-game losing streak with
a win over Taylorsville.

Murray's best moment - The Spartans trailed 9-7 at halftime, but
dominated the second half. The defense forced two fumbles and
intercepted a pass and led to Murray's intense celebration following
the victory.

Taylorsville's best moment - The Warriors owned the second
quarter. Damien Bradford hit a 25-yard field goal and QB Gabe
Bloomfield hit Andrew Togiai with a 28-yard scoring pass.

What we learned from this game - This was Murray's first win
since defeating Taylorsville two years ago. Coach Dan Aragon's
team has improved this year, and now the Spartans can focus on
winning another. That's certainly a good possibility.

Next - Murray opens Region 2 play at Cottonwood. Taylorsville has
a non-region game at
Cyprus.

Links - The Deseret News had a reporter at the game, and then did
a post-game feature. To read the game story,
click here. To read the
post-game article,
click here. To view the Salt Lake Tribune box
score,
click here.


Aug. 28 - Hillcrest 27, Murray 21

Story of the game - QB Tanner Kemp threw for 247 yards and two
touchdowns as Hillcrest grabbed a big lead and held off rival Murray
in a non-region game.

Murray's best moment - The Spartans made it interesting at the
end. QB Dee Hamala passed for 158 yards and ran for 61 more.
Murray rallied within 27-21 in the third period, but could not get any
closer.

Hillcrest's best moment - Danny Thompson had a huge night,
catching 11 passes for 127 yards, and intercepting a pair of passes
on defense, as the Huskies took a 21-7 halftime lead.

What we learned from this game - The Spartans played tough, and
are far better than they have been in recent years. Coach Dan
Aragon just needs to avoid getting into early deficits. This team
should be able to compete in Region 4.

Next - Murray will take on another rival, Taylorsville, in a non-region
game.
Hillcrest plays at Lehi.

Links - There was no local media coverage of this game. To read
the Deseret News brief,
click here. To view the Salt Lake Tribune
box score,
click here.


Aug. 21 - Ogden 32, Murray 13

Story of the game - Ogden QB Nik Allred had a field day, passing
for 458 yards and three touchdowns as Ogden rallied from a brief
first-quarter deficit to beat Murray in both team's season opener.

Murray's best moment - The Spartans scored first on a 25-yard
touchdown run by Dee Hamala and played right with Ogden for a
while. Hamala also threw an 80-yard scoring pass to Wyatt
Woodard in the final period.

Ogden's best moment - Allred was unstoppable. He also ran for
over 50 yards and Murray didn't have an answer for him. WR Shawn
Muniz had 153 yards in receptions. The Tigers defense played well,
keeping Murray at bay with a goal-line stand in the second quarter.

What we learned from this game - This would have been a
winnable game if Murray had found a way to somehow stop Allred.
The failure on fourth down really hurt and allowed Ogden to keep
the momentum. There are no good losses, but Murray was
competitive.

Next - Murray returns to play Hillcrest in its home opener. Ogden
travels to
Judge Memorial.

Links - The Ogden Standard-Examiner had a reporter there, and he
wrote a brief story. To read it,
click here. To view the Deseret News
brief,
click here. To check out the Salt Lake Tribune, click here.
Sept. 18 results
Salt Lake Tribune photo
quick hug following a touchdown pass against Cottonwood.