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MAIZE – It was a close fought, defensive game on the road Monday in Maize for the McPherson Middle School seventh grade ‘B’ football team, but close does not count on the scoreboard and the Junior Pups came home on the losing end of a 14-6 final score.

The only score the Junior Pups could conjure up came on a 68-yard scoring pass from Alec Harms to Beckett Johnson as according to coaches, it was giving up a lot of yards on penalties that gave Maize the opportunities to score and get the victory.

“I was proud of our guys for their effort today,” commented Head Coach Brandt Busse. “The defense played very well for most of the game but then gave up a lot of yards with penalties which eventually led to Maize scoring. Leading the way in tackles was Alex Stout with seven while Beckett Johnson made six.”

Coach Busse concluded his comments by adding, “Offensively we struggled to move the ball. We had a few open shots down field that we failed to connect on and had some holding penalties which pushed us back. The lone touchdown came on a 68-yard completion from Alex (Harms) to Beckett (Johnson). Overall, we are pleased with some of the things we saw during the game. We also now know some things we need to work on to continue to get better.”

The seventh grade ‘B’ team will now play a fifth quarter in Salina on Thursday when they play Salina South.

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