During the summer, there were concerns that McPherson High would not have enough players to field a freshman football team as just the bare minimum indicated they were going to play.
But the numbers eventually started to rise and not only did the Bullpups have a team, but Monday’s explosive 44-20 rout of arch-rival Buhler put the finishing touches on a sterling 6-2 season and gave considerable hope for the future.
“You guys were awesome. You wanted to be playing your best at the end and you did,” MHS coach Eric Hoops told his team as it excitedly gathered after the game.
The Bullpups were a juggernaut. Jace Kinnamon scored on a run of 44 yards, a pass reception of 4 yards from Kyler Hoppes and a 25-yard interception return to key the scoring. He also tallied on a pair of 2-pointers on tosses from Hoppes.
In addition, Gabe Hoover rushed for two scores, while Honestee Whittker pounded in yet another rushing touchdown. Chandler Wiard, who had three terrific catches for long yardage, added a pair of 2-pointers.
In addition to Kinnamon’s pick-six, Brandon Yowell had an INT and Dawson VanGoethem recovered a fumble.
After the game, the MHS coaching staff told the team that nine members would be joining the varsity the rest of the week and make the trip to Hays for the season finale.