Let's pack the Roundhouse on Tuesday

By Steve Sell
September 18, 2017

Monday’s musings...

• FILL THE ROUNDHOUSE TUESDAY — Here’s a call out to all McPherson High sports fans.

Be at the Roundhouse on Tuesday.

The Bullpup volleyball team hosts Augusta and defending Class 4A Division I state champion Rose Hill, which has continued its tremendous play as it’s ranked No. 1 so far this season.

MHS is asking fans to pack the building, not only to support the team, but it’s a fund-raiser for Women and Children Combating Cancer (WACCC).

Half of the gate receipts will be donated. McPherson Middle School students Kaiden Schroeder and Ike Bauers are battling illness with an undeniable courage that we all wish we possessed. These youngsters deserve our support and it would be really neat to see the Roundhouse with a crowd similar to those that regularly pack the gym for a basketball game.

I’m going to be there to support the Bullpups, Kaiden, Ike and others battling cancer, a disease that claimed my mother many years ago. 

Are you?

• MHS DEFENSE WAS AMAZING – McPherson High’s football defense, which has been highly acclaimed all season, did nothing Friday night to tarnish its reputation.

When the first-line defense left the game after the third quarter against Winfield at McPherson Stadium, it did so after treating its fandom to a shutdown performance that included minus-2 yards of total offense for the Vikings and 0 first downs.

The Viking starters did dent the JVs for a couple of inconsequential touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but I left the game wondering if they would have achieved a first down had the starters played the whole game.

While the defense has been a constant, the offense reverted to its first-game performance by piling up 484 yards and touchdowns on six straight possessions after MHS shot itself in the foot on the first two series.

Kudos to the improving offensive line for giving quarterback Kyler Hoppes max protection and all he did was start the game 8 of 8 and he was hitting his receivers right between the numbers. The running game also came alive as Jace Kinnamon and Austen Hunt shared time before Jakob Feil came on in the fourth quarter to finish things off. MHS has a reservoir of backs and coach Jace Pavlovich is keeping them fresh. Kinnamon had 16 carries Friday, Hunt 15 and Feil 11 as he was a workhorse on the final drive.

MHS goes to undefeated Augusta on Friday. The Orioles, though, have played the soft underbelly of their schedule with Winfield, Clearwater and Circle and this will be their first big test. They always seem to play the Bullpups tough on their home turf, so MHS will have to be focused and ready. Last year, though, it was all MHS in a 41-0 rout, which certainly will give the Orioles plenty of motivation.

• OFFENSIVE FIREWORKS IN LINDSBORG — Sunday’s McPherson College-Bethany College football game, which was postponed from Saturday because of lightning, was an offensive delight and a defensive disaster.

The teams went up and down the field virtually unabated as they combined for more than 1,000 yards.

Bethany QB Isaiah Salazar did something that not even Bethany greats Mark Eggers and Jorge Munoz ever accomplished by throwing for seven touchdowns against the inexperienced Mac secondary.

Mac’s magical quarterback Ed Crouch did his best, racking up 474 yards of total offense, including 425 passing. Desmond Anderson was his favorite target, catching 188 yards worth of passes as it's clear he's going to be a welcomed addition. Freshman running back Corey Davis had a good game with 92 yards as he played in place of All-KCAC preseason pick Tyrone Campbell, who according to McPherson College Sports Information could not go because of an undisclosed injury.

Both Mac and Bethany are looking at this week's games as good opportunities. The Bulldogs to go Southwestern, the one team they defeated last year. Bethany plays at Bethel with a 3-0 start very possible as the Threshers were thrashed 53-0 by Tabor on Sunday.