7th gridders split in opener at Great Bend

By Steve Sell
September 12, 2014

GREAT BEND — McPherson’s seventh-grade football team went toe-to-toe with Great Bend for a half on Thursday in its season opener before running out of gas in a 30-18 loss.

According to MMS coach Nick Griggs, Great Bend had a powerful 1-2 running back punch that wound up wearing down the Bullpup defense.

“As a coaching staff, we were glad to see that the team never quit and ended up scoring a late touchdown to close the gap.” Griggs said. “In the end Great Bend's two-headed running attack proved to be too tall of an order for us to stop. We made some strides today and will build on that for the future.”

Kaleb Hoppes got MMS on the board with a 45-yard TD run. The Bullpups showed some passing promise as Tyson Gottwald connected on a pair of scoring strikes to Kvon Richardson, one of 40 yards and the other of 30.

The B-game was wildly entertaining, as the Bullpups pulled out a 16-8 victory in the final seconds on a broken play. With 24 seconds left, the ball was snapped over the quarterback’s head, right to running back Jakob Feil. He wound up and threw a strike to Landon Crews, who outran the secondary for a 60-yard score. Feil tacked on the 2-pointer.

Landon Frantz had scored on a 45-yard TD run. Griggs said getting a defensive stop with 54 seconds left in the game was the key as it gave the Bullpups the chance to pull out the win.

MMS plays Tuesday at Salina South.