McPherson’s seventh-grade football team continued to be the master of the close game.
The Bullpups survived again in overtime with a 14-6 victory over Derby North here Thursday at Grant Complex.
“This was a test of defenses,” MMS coach TJ Jackson said. “Our kids flew around, made big stops, and overall created five turnovers to give our offense more opportunities to try and get the ball moving. We couldn't get anything moving in the first half. The wind shut down our passing game and our offensive line couldn't get moving forward in the first half, so we went into half 0-0.”
The Bullpups immediately forced a turnover in the second half and cashed in on a TD run by Sky Schriner.
Derby North later scored, sending the game into overtime.
The Bullpups had the ball first and Aidan Hoover scored, with Schriner running in for 2 points. The defense then came up huge by stopping Derby on four plays to end the game.
“This team just won two games,” Jackson said. “That isn't a lot for most teams, but it’s more than they won all of last year. We talk to these young men about improving every day on and off the field. We have seen them improve in classes as we had no one ineligible this week for grades or behavior, and I believe that those things directly relate to what we see on the field. These kids fought hard and showed they got better today. They want to and know they still have a lot of growing to do, but they haven't once wavered at putting in the work. Proud of these young men.”
Schriner rushed for 66 yards on 13 carries, while Hoover added 26. The only pass completion was a big one as Hoover hit Brady Harms for a 14-yarder that came on a fourth-down play and kept the chains moving.
The defense was immense as Derby had only 40 yards. Collin Pearson had 6 tackles and a sack, while Hoover had 5 tackles, an interception and sack.
The Bullpups play Thursday at Salina Lakewood.