McPherson’s seventh-grade football team began its season last week with a 44-24 loss to Salina South.
It was a big game for Aidan Hoover, who passed for 150 yards, ran for 58, passed for two touchdowns and ran for another. In addition, he led the team with 11 tackles.
“Overall we played pretty hard, but need some kids to step up and not be afraid to finish tackles,” MMS coach TJ Jackson said. “We had a lot of guys avoid contact. Some kids are realizing that hitting someone you don't know is a lot harder than hitting the ones you do know. Offensively we are very fresh with several of our O-lineman either not having played ever or not having played in the last year. They did a great job, but more reps and time will help immensely. Special teams hurt us as two kickoffs were returned for touchdowns. Evaluating what we saw showed kids not sprinting down field and others avoiding contact. We have preached to the kids that 100 percent effort is needed at all times. Without that we will struggle.”
MMS will play Thursday at Newton.