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Murphy Leads Tigers Attack On Defense

Posted: December 16, 2012 at 5:48 a.m.

Player of the Year Jon Halbert, Prairie Grove (right)...FBH-DEF MURPHY -- Defensive Player of the Year -- Jared Murphy, Prairie Grove...Portraits taken Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 at Springdale Morning News Office.

Prairie Grove’s season literally hung on the outcome of one play late in the Tigers’ second-round playoff game against Pottsville.

AT A GLANCE

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

JARED MURPHY OF PRAIRIE GROVE

POSITION: Nose Guard CLASS: Senior HEIGHT: 6-2 WEIGHT: 250 NOTABLE: Anchored the heart of the Prairie Grove defense from his nose guard position. ... Recorded 100 tackles on the season, including 33 solo stops. ... Had nine tackles for loss. ... Tigers allowed just 29 points during the regular season with seven shutouts. ... Team was 12-1 with two come-from-behind wins in the playoffs before bowing out in the Class 4A semifinals to state champion Stuttgart. ... Also started at tight end, where he caught nine passes for 150 yards.

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