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

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Without enough players by the visiting team to play a junior varsity game, the McPherson High football teams combined the 9th and 10th grade players for a home game with Abilene on Monday and it proved to be overwhelmingly productive for the Bullpups as they put the hammer on the Cowboys, 58-16.

The Bullpups put three scores on the board in the first quarter, starting with a six-yard run by Jaytin Gumm, followed by a 24-yard pass from Hunter Alvord to Tucker Pelnar before Sky Schriner scored on a short scamper from four yards out in the final seconds of the quarter. McPherson also converted two of the three two-point conversions on a run from Alvord and a pass from Alvord to Pelnar, giving the Bullpups a commanding 22-0 lead.

Alvord threw his second scoring pass of the day in the second quarter when he connected with Sam Becker from 14 yards while Schriner ran for his second touchdown on an 11-yard run. Alvord connected with Caden Burris for one of the two-point conversions which gave the Bullpups a whopping 36-0 halftime advantage.

Midway through the third quarter the Bullpups added another score when Gavin Roth dove in from one-yard out and then Alvord threw another two-point conversion score, this time to Treyton Pelnar, which gave McPherson a 44-0 lead heading into the final quarter of play.

While Abilene did get two scores on the board in the final quarter with 27- and 21-yard pass plays, plus they converted both of their two-point conversions, the Bullpups also added two more scores late in the game. One of the final two touchdowns for McPherson came on Alvord’s third scoring pass of the game, which was a 60-yard connection with Anthony Brooks, while Gumm closed out the scoring the same way he began it with a touchdown run, this time from 14 yards out. Alvord then converted his fifth two-point conversion of the evening.

According to Coach Heath Gerstner, several of the coaches shared in post-game reflections, saying, “We were really excited about getting the win and more importantly getting all the kids in the game. We are still looking for a bit more consistency, but really pleased with the effort and attitude of our kids! We challenged the kids to play fast and physical and it really seemed like we did all night. We also knew that with this being Buhler week, we needed to get reps to prepare them for their freshman and junior varsity games next Monday.”

Next up for the freshman and junior varsity Bullpup football teams will be next Monday when they travel to Buhler.

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