McPherson’s seventh-graders and Hays were locked in a defensive battle here Thursday before the visitors had a brief flurry near the end of the first half that resulted in an 8-0 victory.
“For the most part our defense played stellar all game,” MMS coach Nick Griggs said. “On offense, it was pretty hard to sustain any drives. We stalled out a drive right before half and had to punt with about 30 seconds left. The snap sailed over our punter’s head into the end zone and he was tackled for a safety. On the ensuing kickoff, Hays' returner got it all the way down to our 6-yard line. And they ran it in for the only touchdown of the game.”
Tyson Gottwald was 5 of 14 for 48 yards passing, with Jakob Feil latching on to one pass for 28 yards for the big play. Kaleb Hoppes was the top rusher with 33 yards on nine carries.
The Bullpups did have a chance late in the game after recovering a fumble, but could not convert as they got as close as the Hays 6-yard line.
Next scheduled action is Monday at Medicine Lodge.