Football Bullpups gain experience in KC

By Steve Sell
June 28, 2016

McPherson High football coach Jace Pavlovich said it was another weekend where his team gained valuable experience for the upcoming season.

The Bullpups went to Kansas City to compete in the National Select 7-on-7 Tournament at the Chiefs’ practice facility. While the team won just two of seven scrimmages, the level of competition it faced will probably be better than most of the teams it will face this season.

“We got exactly what we wanted out of our National Select 7-on-7 tournament at the KC Chiefs practice facility this weekend,” Pavlovich said. “We went in short-handed, but were able to be competitive and improve for this fall.”

The Bullpups came away with 7-on-7 wins against Giltner, Neb., and Liberty, Mo. The losses were against Blue Valley, Springfield, Mo., defending 5A champion Mill Valley, Enid, Okla. and Har-Ber, Ark., all bigger schools.

“The only game that I felt we were legitimately beat was against Har-Ber,” Pavlovich said.

There were some bright spots, he said.

“We were able to build off of the success that we had last weekend in Wichita,” the second-year coach said. “Offensively, our passing game has come a long way. We have installed our full playbook already this summer and our kids have taken to it well. Defensively, we can run. I was impressed with how our linebacking corps was able to break on the ball and get some pass breakups.”

This was the third competition of the summer for the Bullpups, who earlier went to Pittsburg State and Wichita Collegiate. MHS opens its season Sept. 2 when it hosts arch-rival Buhler, which kicks off a stretch of four home games in the first five weeks.