McPherson High will take the necessary momentum into what Bullpup coach Tom Young traditionally calls “the real season” next week.
For the second straight Friday, the Bullpups flexed their muscles in manhandling Winfield 40-0, seven days after pummeling El Dorado, 46-7. It also was their fourth straight win after opening the season with losses to potential state champions Salina South and Andale as they are building up a head of steam going into next week’s district play.
In all fairness to Winfield, it played the game without star quarterback Will Adler, among others, due to disciplinary reasons. The Viking offense, just as it did last week without him, was rudderless, accounting for just 133 total yards, while the Bullpups were over 500 with 531.
“It was a great effort... our kids really played hard,” Young said. “We took advantage of some of their mistakes. They (Winfield) fought hard. I know they have some problems with some injuries. I know they weren’t quite at full strength and that helped us, too, some.”
Just as last week, the Bullpup offense was unstoppable in the first half, scoring on five of their six possessions for a 34-0 lead. Kyler Kinnamon ran 5 yards for the first score and then hit Cody Starkel for an 11-yard TD flip, before Ty Hart assumed control by ripping off TDs of 3, 13 and 22 yards.
“The backs have done a great job of running hard,” Young said. “They’re breaking tackles and getting the extra yards. But it really starts up front with the offensive line. Of all the positions, they have probably improved the most in the last three or four weeks. And they’ve worked really hard and take a lot of pride in what they do.”
Kinnamon completed the scoring in the second half with a 3-yarder and once again Young filtered in his second-line players and they held the fort in the fourth quarter.
All in all, he was pleased with his team’s focus as it could have taken the Vikes lightly after hearing of their player absences.
“I think we were pretty sharp that first half,” Young said. “I was a little disappointed in the second half. I think we relaxed a little bit. Maybe that’s human nature.”
Kinnamon dashed for 158 yards on 13 carries, while Hart added 120 on 19 totes. Even Noah Jirgens (11-56) and Collin Baldwin (7-41) got into the act.
Kinnamon also threw the ball well with 14 of 20 for 147 yards. Payton Stephens had six catches for 92 yards to lead the way.
MHS goes on the road Friday to begin the district at Abilene, which is 6-0 on the season. Hays (6-0) and Buhler (5-1) join the Bullpups for the most power-packed district in Class 4A Division I.
• STATISTICS •
• MHS Listed First •
First Downs — 25, 7. Rushes-Yards — 55-384; 30-107. Passing — 14-21-0-147; 3-8-0-26. Punts-Avg. — 0-0; 6-31.7 Fumbles-Lost — 2-1; 3-2. Penalties-Yards — 5-45; 2-10.
• INDIVIDUAL LEADERS •
• Rushing •
MHS — Kinnamon 13-158, Hart 19-120, Jirgens 11-56, Baldwin 7-41, Koehn 4-9.
Winfield — Amezcua 13-107, Suttles 6-33, Starlin 2-12, Boline 3-(-17), Byerley 6-(-28).
• Passing •
MHS — Kinnamon 14-20-0-147, Labertew 0-1-0-0.
Winfield — Boline 2-4-0-24, Byerley, 1-3-0-1, Roark 0-1-0-0.
• Receiving •
MHS — Stephens 6-82, Stoppel 4-32, Starkel 2-16, Anderson 1-11, Hart 1-6.
Winfield — Hoffman 1-13, Suttles 1-12, Amezcua 1-1.