By William for www.mcpherson-county-ks.com


It was the Aiden Hoover show on Monday as the McPherson High junior varsity football team dominated Salina South, 64-0 in their 2019 season opener on the home field of McPherson College Stadium. In the freshman game, Salina South went home with a 28-14 victory.

Hoover, just a sophomore, exploded the Salina South defense for five touchdowns in his first game as a primary running back, scoring three times on runs of 19, 6, and 66 yards, plus a 20-yard interception return and a 65 yard punt return.

It wasn’t just the Hoover show though for the Bullpups as sophomore Anthony Brooks had three scores from runs of 5 and 12 yards while also gathering in a 34-yard pass from junior Dylan Rinker for the other touchdown. The first and only other score of the game for McPherson came early in the first quarter when Rinker connected with junior Adam Elliott from 20 yards out. Rinker also had credit for two 2-point conversions while other 2-point conversions came from Hoover and sophomores Gus Ruddle and Darriene Gibbs.

Despite getting a first quarter advantage of 8-0, the Bullpup freshman were unable to keep the Salina South offense in check and gave up 20 points in the second quarter and another score in the third on their way to the 28-14 loss.

Sam Becker scored the first touchdown when he gathered in a 26-yard pass from Hunter Alvord, while Tucker Pelnar scored the 2-point conversion. Alvord also had credit for the second score in the game on another scoring pass, this one went to Tucker Pelnar from 24 yards out. The extra 2-point conversion failed.

Both the junior varsity and freshman teams will be back in action on Monday, September 16 when they both travel to Winfield.


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