McPherson sports fans, you have a chance Saturday to take part in history.
McPherson College will be hosting its first-ever NAIA playoff football game at 2 p.m. at McPherson Stadium.
The Bulldogs, ranked No. 6 in the country, host No. 12 McKendree University of Illinois, with the winner advancing to the quarterfinal round.
Given the loyalty of McPherson sports fans, we would expect a championship game type of crowd. And with a favorable forecast for the game, weather cannot be as an excuse for staying away.
Mac just completed its first-ever 10-0 season with a come-from-behind 52-35 victory over intra-county rival Bethany College. For the first time all year, the Bulldogs -- who won their first KCAC title in 58 years -- trailed going into the fourth quarter, only to shift gears and explode for 24 points. The team faced one of the few challenges it had experienced all year and responded the way a championship team would.
If you haven’t seen the Bulldogs this year, you have no idea what you’re missing. This is a team blessed with incredible athletes on both sides of the ball and plays an exciting brand of football.
The Mac offense puts up 50 points a game and features a galaxy of playmakers, starting with record-setting quarterback Shane Mascarenas and his two favorite receivers, Andy Skinner and Joe Middleton. Mascarenas was the KCAC Player of the Year, while Skinner and Middleton were both over 1,000 yards receiving.
Powerhouse running back Aaron Lafitte provides the perfect complement, as he went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the second straight year.
Defensively, the Bulldogs play with a lot of enthusiasm and fly to the football. They’ll be going up against a McKendree team that tries to pound the ball on the ground. Mac has been good against the run this year, so it will be strength against strength.
So if you haven’t seen the Bulldogs play this year, we urge you to get out to McPherson Stadium Saturday. This team has put a lot of hard work into making this a magical season and like we’ve always said, there are no sports fans like McPherson fans. We would hope the stands are full and fans are in full throat, as this Bulldog team is indeed special.
Be watching for a complete breakdown of the game in Friday’s Sentinel.