JORDAN — In a rematch of 2018, the Jordan Mustangs took advantage early and never looked back on their way to a 70-14 win over Wibaux in the 2019 6-Man state championship.
It's Jordan's first football state title.
"Ever since I was a little kid I just dreamed of winning the state championship, it's all I wanted for Jordan and to have it finally come true senior year, it's great and for the community, it's even better," senior Keenan Murnion said. "The celebration's going to be huge and I think everyone's a little crazy right now."
Jordan never trailed as Wibaux struggled to move the ball on offense for much of the game.
"We made a few young mistakes that cost us early on and they jumped on it and it was tough getting back once they got on a roll," Wibaux head coach Craig Lunde said. "But they're definitely state champions for a reason."
The Mustangs received the ball to start the game and scored on their first drive. Keenan Murnion connected with Derek Reis on back-to-back pass plays. After a failed PAT, Jordan led 6-0.
Wibaux struggled to move the ball in the first quarter. The Longhorns fumbled deep in their own territory and Keenan Murnion recovered on the Wibaux 25-yard line. Jordan took advantage soon after as Edward Murnion ran it in from the 2-yard line to push the Mustang lead to 13-0.
Things didn’t improve for Wibaux on their second possession. A bad snap resulted in a safety, extending Jordan’s lead to 15-0. Then Keenan Murnion threw a 15-yard touchdown to Dawson Murnion to make it 21-0 on the ensuing possession.
Wibaux’s offense found some life at the end of the first. Tel Lunde ran for a first down near midfield, then connected with Jonathan Harris through the air to get Wibaux down to the Mustang 5-yard line.
Gavin Nelson opened the scoring in the second quarter with a 1-yard run to get Wibaux on the board. The Longhorns converted the PAT and trailed 21-8.
Lunde picked off Keenan Murnion in the red zone after a methodical Mustang drive, but the Wibaux offense stalled again. Jordan found the end zone its next two possessions when Keenan Murnion found Edward Murnion through the air to push the lead to 33-8.
The teams traded scores in the final minute of the first half. Lunde led a three-play Longhorn drive and capped it off with a 6-yard touchdown run. But Keenan Murnion threw another touchdown pass to Edward Murnion from 40 yards out to make it 40-14 Jordan at halftime.
The trends continued in the second half. Wibaux fumbled in the end zone for another safety, then Cole Murnion added two more scores and Edward Murnion scored another to make it 55-14 just before the end of the third.
The Mustangs added 15 more points in fourth quarter to clinch their first football state championship in school history.