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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Bulldogs roll past Ottawa

  • Somewhere in heaven, Blake Reed is smiling from ear to ear.

    Blake was probably high-fiving all his fellow angels Saturday night after his ninth-ranked McPherson College Bulldogs destroyed No. 7 Ottawa University 56-24 in the KCAC showdown game that turned into a mowdown.


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  • Somewhere in heaven, Blake Reed is smiling from ear to ear.
    Blake was probably high-fiving all his fellow angels Saturday night after his ninth-ranked McPherson College Bulldogs destroyed No. 7 Ottawa University 56-24 in the KCAC showdown game that turned into a mowdown.
    Reed, the longtime manager for the Bulldogs who died last month after a courageous battle with Muscular Dystrophy, would have been the first in line to congratulate the team after its simply overwhelming performance that makes it the team to beat in the KCAC now that it’s knocked off the two teams picked ahead of it in the preseason polls.
    The Bulldogs dedicated the game to Blake and more than $5,000 was raised for his scholarship fund as the standing-room-only crowd opened its hearts and emptied its pockets.
    The victory came as no surprise to Mac coach Joe Bettasso, though the final margin did.
    “I told our football team if they came out focused, came out and did exactly what they were supposed to do and were disciplined in their drops, disciplined in their keys, I told them I thought we were at least two scores better,” he said. “The efficiency was very good and the great thing is there’s still a lot of stuff to work on. We’d like to be a better football team after the bye week than going into the bye week.”
    Mac played with a purpose after losing to the Braves 44-41 in double-overtime last year after squandering a double-digit lead.
    “They took something from us last year,” Bettasso said. “We felt like we should be walking around with a shiny gold ring on our finger. We didn’t, but now we’ve got to make sure and regroup and focus on a very good Sterling team in two weeks.”
    Just as they did in last week’s 52-20 hammering of then-No. 15 Friends, the Bulldogs jumped all over the Braves early, scoring 35 first-half points. The killer came on the last play of the first half when Shane Mascarenas hooked up with emerging star Joe Middleton for a 19-yard touchdown pass to make it 35-3. It basically was all over then, as the Bulldog defense never gave the Braves an opportunity to get back into the game.
    The rarefied numbers the Mac offense put up were stunningly staggering. Mascarenas finished 25 of 37 for 418 yards and four touchdowns. Three receivers turned in 100-yard days -- Middleton (eight for 128, one TD), Andy Skinner (five for 111, one TD) and Rattanak Muor (four for 100). Throw in Kory Lonberger (six for 69, two TDs) and Mascarenas had a lot of toys to play with. On the ground, Aaron Lafitte powered his way to 101 yards and three scores, while his backup Scott Thibodeaux had 77 yards and a score. Mac totaled 618 yards to just 318 for the Braves, who padded their total in the fourth quarter with two scores after being down by 46.
    Page 2 of 2 - The Mac defense continues to impress, as Darrick Johnson and Thomas Stauts came up with picks, with Stauts’ setting up the score just before the half. Mac did a great job on the nation’s top receiver, Clarence Anderson, holding him to 66 yards on five catches and most importantly, no touchdowns.
    Linebacker Will Powers was all over the field, as he recorded 10 tackles, six of them being solo stops.
    Mac will get a little more time to savor this one because of the bye week, then it goes to Sterling on Oct. 2. The Warriors are 2-0 on the year, having knocked off Peru State 17-10 on Saturday.
    STATS
    Mac Listed First
    First Downs -- 29, 20. Rushes-Yards -- 35-177; 29-81. Passing -- 28-40-3-441; 21-44-2-237. Punts-Avg. -- 3-35.7; 8-40.8. Penalties-Yards -- 7-45; 5-35. Fumbles-Lost -- 1-0; 1-1.
    INDIVIDUALS
    Rushing
    Mac -- Lafitte 23-101, Thibodeaux 6-77, Mascarenas 2-4, German 2-0, Snodgrass 1-0, Team 1-(-5).
    Ottawa -- Baer 15-54, Tucker 4-10, Anderson 2-9, Funk 1-8, Gimzo 1-6, Wickley 1-1, Adamson 5-(-7).
    Passing
    Mac -- Mascarenas 25-37-3-418, Snodgrass 3-3-0-23.
    Ottawa -- Adamson 21-44-2-237.
    Receiving
    Mac -- Middleton 8-128, Skinner 5-11, Muor 4-100, Lonberger 6-67, Lafitte 3-26, Patton 2-7.
    Ottawa -- Tucker 6-60, Anderson 5-66, Gimzo 4-57, Davidsmeyer 4-43, Baer 2-11.

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