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JUNCTION CITY – While the weather may have begun to turn cold, there was nothing cold about the performance of the McPherson Middle School seventh-grade football teams as both the ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams scored wins on the road Thursday at Junction City.

The seventh grade ‘A’ team earned a 16-0 shutout and with the win the Junior Pups are now 5-1 for the season.

Despite the weather changing, the Junior Pups went to the air for their scoring as Carter Allen connected twice for scores, one with Beckett Johnson from 12 yards out and a second touchdown on a 64-yard connection with Brock Richardson. Allen ran in both two-point conversions.

“We were extremely proud of the way our guys came out and battled at Junction City,” noted Head Coach Brandt Busse. “The conditions were not great, but we showed a lot of grit and determination while being able to shut out Junction City.”

The Junior Pups shutdown defense was led by Brock Richardson who recorded 12 tackles and a fumble recovery, while Jase Fitzmorris recorded nine tackles and yet another fumble recovery. Brody Seidl and Catch Delaney also had solid games with five tackles each and Kaven Byrd recorded yet a third fumble recovery for the Junior Pup defense.

“Offensively we did not have a bunch of yards,” added Coach Busse. “However, we sustained one drive that led to a touchdown pass. We only had 63 yards on the ground and 89 in the air as almost all our rushing came in the first drive when Brock (Richardson) had 30 yards. We came out and did what we needed to do to win the game, we had the couple of big plays on offense and then our defense took over.”

The seventh grade ‘B’ team also won, earning a 12-6 victory on a 60-yard scoring pass from Alec Harms to Brendon Doile and then an 11-yard scamper by Harms.

Coach Busse concluded his post-game reflections by saying, “Our seventh-grade ‘B’ team came out with a victory as well as we were not flashy on offense but had a couple of big plays. Defensively we gave up some yardage but with the game on the line the defense stepped up and made the stop. We are very pleased with the effort our guys give and they continue to keep getting better every week.”

The seventh-grade varsity team will close out their 2019 season when they play next Thursday at Hutchinson while the ‘B’ team will be back on the field Monday when they host Maize.

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