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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Bulldogs stumble 34-7 against Ottawa

  • If you take away the second and third quarters of the football game between McPherson and Ottawa, the score would be a 7-0 win for McPherson.
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  • If you take away the second and third quarters of the football game between McPherson and Ottawa, the score would be a 7-0 win for McPherson.
    But as it stands, the Bulldogs were overpowered by the NAIA No. 10 Braves 34-7 moving MC to 3-2 for the year.
    The opening 15 minutes of the contest were played within the same 50-yard span as neither team was able to move the ball far enough for a score.
    OU had the best chance as a 36-yard field goal was missed wide left.
    The second quarter brought scoring but unfortunately for McPherson it was solely done by the Braves.
    Ottawa scored on three of their four possessions and took a 20-0 lead into halftime as their third touchdown's PAT was missed.
    OU scored on their two lone drives of the third quarter, eating up nearly 10 minutes of clock.
    McPherson got their only score of the game on the first play from scrimmage in the final quarter as Jordan Hoffman found Tremon Robinson for a five-yard strike, capping an 11-play 70-yard drive that spanned close to five minutes.
     The 'Dogs, showing signs of life, held Ottawa on their next possession and then took the ball and drove the field only to be held up at the 10-yard line, unable to convert on fourth down.
    Mac totaled -13 yards for the remainder of the game, losing the 34-7 contest.
    The usual yard-heavy Bulldogs were held to just 279 total yards with just 43 coming on the ground.
     Missing Terrance Jones MC relied on Havelock Pomele and Scott Thibodeaux to move the ball but the two combined for just 35 yards on 41 attempts.
    Hoffman threw for 236 yards on 31-of-47. He had one interception to go with his touchdown.
     Robinson led the receiving corps with his 11 grabs for 73 yards and the TD. Gerald Hardridge was next on the team with six catches for 61 yards while Jon White logged five receptions for 40.
    The Bulldog D gave up 472 yards with a season-high 240 being rush yardage. Dominique Henderson  and Cole Long each tabbed 11 tackles. Henderson had five solo stops while Long made three.
    Coming off a career-game against KWU, Trenton Forrester recorded double-digits again with his 10 tackles. For the second-straight week, McPherson was unable to get to the quarterback, logging zero sacks.
    October is a tough month for McPherson as they are scheduled to play the top four KCAC institutions.
    Their next contest is against No. 20 Friends University on Saturday in Wichita. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m.

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