It was a comeback for the ages Monday night for the McPherson High JV football team.
Freshman quarterback Mason Alexander, pressed into duty after starter Casen Hoover went out with a serious leg injury, engineered a last-minute touchdown drive to get the game with Salina South tied, and then the Bullpups wound up outlasting the Cougars 22-14 in overtime.
MHS was trailing 14-6 when Alexander led the Bullpups to the tying score, aided by three crucial South penalties. He hooked up with Caleb Spaich for a 10-yard TD pass with 24 seconds left in regulation and then threw to Jeff Reed for the game-tying 2-point conversion.
In the OT, the Bullpups had the ball first and Alexander and Reed hooked up again on the first play from 10 yards. Noah Jirgens powered in for the 2-point conversion.
The Bullpups then held the Cougars out of the end zone, with Michael Saverino knocking down a pass in the end zone on the final play.
The teams played to a 0-0 halftime tie and South finally broke the ice in the third quarter for a 6-0 lead. MHS tied the game with just under 5 minutes left on a 26-yard pass from Alexander to Spaich.
South’s Deangelo Turner scored what figured to be the winning touchdown with 1:41 left in the game and the Cougars added a 2-pointer for a 14-6 lead. MHS then parlayed two pass interference calls and a personal foul into the tying score.
The Bullpups play on Monday at Abilene.