WINFIELD — McPherson High’s ninth-grade and JV football teams on Monday completed the three-game sweep of Winfield that started on Friday with the varsity’s big win.
• MHS 9th grade 30, Winfield 12 — MHS was up only 8-6 at the half, but then dominated the rest of the game.
“First and foremost (we’re) excited about guys making the long trip and getting a victory,” MHS coach Heath Gerstner said “It was definitely a team win. Winfield had roughly 40 freshmen and we showed up with our 22 guys and did an outstanding job."
The Vikings put up a good fight early.
"We came out awfully flat and fell behind quickly 0-6,” Gerstner said. “We followed with a nice drive, but stalled out on the 1-yard line. Our defense bailed us out by getting a safety on the next play."
From there it was all ‘Pups.
"The safety really propelled us as we then drove right down and scored a touchdown to go up 8-6 at halftime,” Gerstner said. "I thought the second half we really dominated up front. Brycen Labertew had a long run, but all our backs did a nice job including Neill Raymond and Aaron Powell."
MHS is now 2-1.
• MHS JVs 22, Winfield 6 — Another close game early, as it was tied 6-all at the half.
Jakob Feil scored MHS’ first-half touchdown. It was still 6-6 going into the fourth quarter before the Bullpups came alive as Kaleb Hoppes threw a 16-yard TD pass to Jonah Clarke to make it 12-6. Hoppes then sprinted for a 60-yard TD run and Feil added the 2-pointer.
The Bullpups improved to 2-1 with the win.