WHEATFIELD | It’s hard to tell Munster running backs Alex Mis and Dom Lucito apart on the field from a distance.
It was also difficult for Kankakee Valley to decipher the difference or get a good lick on either of them Friday night at Fred Jones Field in a Northwest Crossroads Conference battle.
Mis, No. 28, stands 5-foot-7 and 170 pounds, while Lucito, No. 27, checks in at 5-foot-8 and 160 pounds. The dynamic duo combined for 300 yards rushing and four touchdowns in a 48-28 victory to spoil K.V.’s senior night.
Munster coach Leroy Marsh said his Mustangs have been beaten and banged up for a while and were coming off a disappointing loss to Lowell.
“Alex is probably are No. 4 or 5 running back, and he ran like a trooper tonight,” Marsh said. “I was real proud of him, and I was real proud of our whole football team.”
Lucito and Mis both zigged and zagged their way up and down the field, and the Kougars had trouble bringing them down.
“The line did a great job pushing K.V. off the line,” Mis said. “You’ve got to give a lot of credit to the line.”
Lucito, who rushed for 102 yards, said they were just trying to run hard.
“We smelled the end zone and just wanted to get into the end zone,” he said.
Mis, a sophomore, finished with 198 yards rushing, and his two TD runs in the third quarter helped Munster (6-3, 4-2) build a 35-6 lead. His second TD came on a 69-yard jaunt on a misdirection play.
“It was a trick play,” Mis said of the big run. “I started running, and it was wide open. The line blocked it perfectly. Patrick Burke did a great job of blocking the corner, and I got around him.”
K.V. (4-5, 2-4) coach Brad Stewart was disappointed in his team’s tacking effort.
“I just don’t think we were as focused as we needed to be,” he said. “We had a lot of self-discipline type issues that we didn’t follow through that we need to do a better job.
“They played very fundamental, and we did not. We simply got out-coached.”
In the first half, Lucito scored on runs of 12 and seven yeards, while Jumonville connected with Zack Pickett on a 39-yard scoring strike to help put the Munstangs up 24-0.
K.V. got on the board when Eric Philbrook returned a kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown late in the second quarter to cut the deficit to 24-6.
Munster has a bye next week before playing Michigan City.
“It was good to get back on track, and now we’ve got two weeks to get healthy and hopefully get ready for the playoffs,” he said.