Bullpups make a statement on both sides of the ball in pounding Augusta on the road.

AUGUSTA—McPherson’s football team was looking to make a statement against the upstart 3-

0 Augusta Orioles in a huge league contest on the road Friday night.

The game couldn’t have started any better for the Bullpups. Wyatt Seidl got a big sack on the

opening possession to set the tone for Mac’s defense. Augusta had to punt from its own 1, and

the Pups started their first possession from Augusta’s 19. The Bullpups cashed that in for a

touchdown, the first of four first-half scores for them. They led 28-0 at halftime on way to a big

Mac win 40-0.

After the defense set the tone on Augusta’s first possession, Jace Kinnamon set the tone on

offense. He carried the rock five straight times in the red zone to set up a four-yard keeper that

quarterback Kyler Hoppes scored for the first touchdown.

Mac’s defense gave up one first down on Augusta’s next possession, but then got a third-down

sack to force another punt. The Pups looked like they would run away with it early, but the

Orioles’ defense stiffened and forced a field goal; McPherson missed the kick, keeping it at 7-0.

But McPherson’s defense was too dominant on the Orioles. The Pups forced four straight three-

and-outs as the Orioles’ normally-dynamic offense was shut down from start to finish.

Mac had one drive stopped after they fumbled a run play. The Orioles recovered at their 44, but

couldn’t do anything with it on offense.

Mac again had another drive stopped after a turnover on downs early in the second quarter. But

the Bullpups’ defense answered with three straight tackles for losses to shut down any potential

momentum shift.

Hoppes finally broke through after he connected on a huge 45-yard strike to speedy receiver

Tayln Huff for a touchdown and a 14-0 lead.

Only about three minutes later, McPherson finished a short drive on a one-yard touchdown run

from Kinnamon to take a 21-0 lead.

The Pups stopped the Orioles’ next possession rather quickly and had about one minute left in

the quarter, so they stayed aggressive. After a holding call, though, the Pups were pushed back

to their 36. So Hoppes dumped off a short screen to Huff, but he weaved and out-sprinted the

Oriole defense for a scintillating 64-yard touchdown catch-and-run play right before halftime for

a 28-0 lead.

In the second half, junior receiver Chandler Wiard caught a perfectly led pass that split two

Oriole defensive backs for a 23-yard touchdown pass to extend the lead 34-0 after a missed

extra point.

Early in the fourth quarter, Hoppes fooled the Orioles’ defense on a play-action run for an eight-

yard scamper to push it to 40-0; Mac missed its second extra-point attempt after the score.

Kinnamon finished with 108 yards on the ground for the Pups. Austen Hunt added 66. Hoppes

finished 9-for-17 for 225 yards and three TD passes. Augusta quarterback Chance Whitehead

had just 21 yards passing, and Tyson Stites had an interception for McPherson.

With the win, McPherson improves to 3-1 on the season while Augusta drops to 3-1. With

Buhler’s 17-14 victory over Maize South Friday night, the Pups, Crusaders and Mavericks all

have beaten each other as they will continue to fight as frontrunners for the league

championship.