McPherson’s eighth-grade football team won all of three games last year.
With Thursday’s 12-6 victory over Derby at Grant Complex, the Bullpups have matched that total in their first three games.
Aiden Hoover ran for two scores, one of 9 yards and the other of 65.
“We are extremely proud of the entire team,” MMS coach TJ Jackson said. “There will always be standouts, but when you look for the little things you see that the whole team did a great job. On our winning drive made up of one big play, and a great play call by coach (Nick) Griggs. Hoover ran in and around several Derby players, but that was after a tremendous set of blocks up front by our offensive line who was tested all day with varying fronts and blitzes coming from different places.”
Hoover finished with 133 yards rushing on 12 carries. Passing was difficult as the high winds made throwing the ball difficult, Jackson said.
He also praised the defense.
“Defense led the day,” Jackson said. “Other than one drive, the defense was stifling. Curtis Landrum was key again with 7 tackles that were nearly all for loss and 1 sack. He applied pressure on their option offense all day. Jace Minier and Collin Pearson led with tackles having 9 and 8. In the end of the game when we needed stops, the defense came up big in a close game. Aiden Hoover had an interception and Collin Pearson had a pick for the second straight week to finish the game.”