Bullpups complete perfect 8-0 regular season

By Steve Sell
October 19, 2018


McPherson High’s football team emphatically put the finishing touches on its first-ever perfect regular season here Friday with its customary running-clock victory, 56-12 over outmanned Circle at a packed McPherson Stadium.

MHS finished the regular season 8-0, with the last seven victories activating the running clock. The Bullpups snapped it only 27 times in the first half, but finished with eight touchdowns  to lead 56-0. Circle’s starters then outscored MHS' reserves 12-0 in the second half, including a touchdown on the final play of the game.

“It's really exciting, we're proud of our kids," MHS coach Jace Pavlovich said. "I told them they need to enjoy this one tonight. And really every step along the way. Each week we have a chance to make history. Our kids are looking forward to it, no question."

Quarterback Kyler Hoppes’ night was over at the half, but he packed a lot into it. He was pinpoint by completing 15 of 19 for 266 yards, which is a personal record. Gabe Hoover was his favorite target with 8 catches for 170 yards (a personal yardage record), while Chandler Wiard caught a 38-yard beauty for a TD to give Hoppes four scoring strikes on the night. Wiard also ran in a 2-pointer and Jayton Alexander added 6 PATs.

Jace Kinnamon had his streak of 100-yard rushing games ended as he carried only 9 times for 90 yards, but found the end zone 3 times to give him 25 rushing touchdowns on the year, breaking his brother Kyler’s school record of 24. He had been over the 100 mark in each of the first 7 games.

The Bullpups' other touchdown was their most spectacular play of the night as Jakob Feil darted 85 yards on a punt return, aided by a crushing block by Cody Stufflebean. Feil nearly broke a second return with a 48-yarder.

The MHS starting defense was again in lockdown mode, allowing just 17 total yards and only a single first down to a T-Bird team that had a nice scheme, but never had the time to implement it effectively. Circle did put up decent numbers in the second half to finish with 106 yards of total offense.

The Bullpups weren't totally flawless. They lost their first two fumbles of the season and also had an inordinately high 10 penalties. Pavlovich said the team would work this week on cleaning those things up as now it's time to play for real.

The Bullpups, who clinched the No. 1 seed in 4A West last week, will be home next Friday to take on winless Independence in the first round. The Bulldogs lost to Rose Hill 42-7 tonight after the game had been tied at 7-7 the half.

"No disrespect to Independence, we're going to game plan for them," Pavlovich said. "But we're going to look ahead as well. That's something I learned from (former MHS coach) Tom Young years ago, that's something you kind of need to do in preparing for playoff football."

Independence also is the alma mater of MHS defensive coordinator Chet Harlin.


• MHS Listed First •

First Downs — 16-5. Rushes-Yards — 12-66; 32-61 Passing — 20-25-0-300; 8-16-1-45. Punts-Avg. — 2-25.0; 9-36.3. Fumbles-Lost — 4-2; 1-1. Penalties-Yards — 10-84; 9-68.


• Rushing •

MHS — Kinnamon 9-90, Rinker 3-(-24).

Circle — Myers 6-(-9), Ingrim 7-22, Barron 9-(-1), Greenwood 4-(-3), Ott 5-21, Bowen 1-26.

• Passing •

MHS — Hoppes 15-9-0-266, Rinker 5-6-0-34.

Circle — Myers 8-16-1-45.

• Receiving •

MHS — Hoover 8-170, Huff 3-24, Wiard 3-59, Kinnamon 1-23, Koehn 2-9, Yowell 2-19, Dukes 1-6.

Circle — Bowen 4-25, Barrier 1-1, Hicks 1-7, Terrones 1-9, Smith 1-3.

Moundridge Community Foundation Match Day set for November 1

By KBBE News
October 19, 2018

The fourth annual Moundridge Community Foundation Match Day is set for Thursday, November 1 from 12 pm to 6 pm at Quincy’s. This year the Foundation has increased the available pool from $15,000 to $20,000 in match for the contributions given to one of twelve participating organizations. In addition to the match, the Foundation is offering an additional $1,500 in prizes for participating organizations. Here’s how Match Day works:

-The match pool will be divided in proportion to the total amount raised on November 1. For example, if a total of $50,000 is raised and an organization receives 10% of the total donations, they will receive $2,000 to use for immediate needs or add to their endowment fund. ($4,000 max per organization).

-Minimum donation amount to be matched is $25. There is no limit on the amount of funding donors may contribute to our organization’s endowed fund.

-Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted. Only gifts made on November 1 will count toward match day totals.

-Although it is preferred for donors to give in person, donations may be made online throughout the day to qualify. Visitwww.mcphersonfoundation.org/moundridge-community-foundation/and follow the Match Day link on November 1 to give.

Participating Organizations:

Angel’s Attic

Cradle to Crayons Child Care & Preschool

Helping Hands of Moundridge

Mobility Worldwide/PET

Moundridge Arts Council

Moundridge Food Pantry

Moundridge Historical Association

Moundridge Public Library

Moundridge Senior Center

Moundridge Education Fund

Pine Village

Swiss Mennonite Cultural Historical Association

For additional information, call 1.866.245.9070 or [email protected] 

MHS kickers garner No. 4 seed

By Steve Sell
October 19, 2018

By virtue of a lot drawing, McPherson High’s boys soccer team is assured of potentially hosting two postseason games.

MHS, Carroll and Goddard Eisenhower were all tied at the No. 4 seed with 12-4 records in the 5A South Central Region after Thursday’s games, with MHS getting the nod. It is expected to host Hays at 6 p.m. Tuesday and with a win would play at home again on Thursday.

Ahead of the Bullpups are Andover Central, Salina Central and Maize South. MHS lost close decisions to both Andover Central and Salina Central earlier this year at McPherson Stadium.

Here are the seeds:

1. Andover Central, 14-1-1

2. Salina Central, 13-3

3. Maize South, 13-3

4. McPherson, 12-4

5. Carroll, 12-4

6. Goddard Eisenhower, 12-4

7. Salina South, 9-7

8. Wichita Heights, 8-7-1

9. Kapaun, 8-7-1

10. Valley Center, 8-8

11. Maize, 7-9

12. Andover, 6-9-1

13. Hays, 6-10

14. Wichita Northwest, 6-10

15. Great Bend, 6-10

16. Araknsas City, 4-12

17. Goddard, 3-12-1

18. Newton, 3-13

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