When Hutchinson’s seventh-grade football team stepped off the bus Thursday at Grant Complex, it numbered nearly 50 strong and you had to wonder if a birth certificate check was warranted.
Many of the Junior Salthawk players stood head and shoulders above the Bullpups’ smallish 25-man contingent.
Never had appearances been so deceiving though.
MMS showed that it’s the size of the fight in the dog that really matters as the Bullpups steamrolled to a 28-8 victory to improve to 6-0 on the year against bigger-class schools.
“I thought our kids played hard and we were definitely the more physical team again,” MMS coach Brandon Labertew said. “Our defense stepped up many times and made plays when necessary. Our offense continues to have success running behind a very dominant offensive line.”
In fact, both the offensive and defensive line were the keys as MMS never backed down from its talented rival.
MMS led 16-0 at the half on touchdowns by Brycen Labertew and Aaron Powell, with 2-pointers by Labertew and Dylan Rinker.
The Bullpups made it 22-0 in the third quarter on Powell’s second touchdown and then he set sail in the fourth quarter for a 56-yard scamper right after Hutch had finally dented the scoreboard on a halfback pass.
Labertew also had a fumble recovery in the game and Powell picked off a pass.
After the game, the Bullpup players had the honor of being congratulated by ESPN’s Jonathan Coachman, a McPherson High and McPherson College grad who is in town this week as he’s being inducted in the college’s Hall of Fame on Saturday.
The Bullpups will try complete a perfect 7-0 season on Thursday when they host Valley Center.