McPherson College’s football team had to accelerate its preparation schedule this week.
Because the Bulldogs’ game with Bethany was postponed last Saturday and played on Sunday, that meant their entire schedule was pushed back a day.
Mac, coming off a 57-43 loss, stays on the road Saturday night to take on Southwestern in a 6 p.m. game at Winfield’s Jantz Stadium.
Both teams are looking at this as a great opportunity to win their first KCAC game and get back into the conference race. Southwestern showed much improvement in its conference opener last week, losing only 28-14 to nationally ranked Sterling, which played without star quarterback Cedrick Phillips who is for the rest of the year with a torn ACL.
The emphasis for the Bulldogs this week had to be on defense after getting picked apart by Bethany quarterback Isaiah Salazar, who threw a Swede school-record seven TDs. He was 30 of 48 for 410 yards and never was picked off. He earned KCAC Player of the Week honors.
The Bulldogs’ Ed Crouch would been the conference headliner had the Bulldogs won. He threw for 425 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions and also rushed for 49 yards to give him 474 yards of total offense.
The Bulldogs’ Desmond Anderson had 9 catches for 188 yards and two scores as he’s providing big-play capability on the outside.
Whereas offense dominated the McPherson County showdown, Southwestern’s loss to Sterling was a game where the defenses ruled. High-powered Sterling was shackled to just 286 yards of total offense by a much-improved Southwestern defense. The Moundbuilders, though, managed just 290 yards themselves.
In last year’s game at McPherson Stadium, the Moundbuilders sped to an early 20-7 lead, but it was all Bulldogs after that as they scored the game’s final 20 points for a 27-20 victory, which would be Mac’s lone win of the year, though six of its losses were by 10 points or less.