Crushing of Augusta earns Mac the Great Plains Federal Credit Union Team of the Week award.

Based on their dominating performance on both sides of the football in beating Augusta Friday night, the McPherson High School football team has been awarded the Great Plains Federal Credit Union Team of the Week award, presented by the McPherson Sentinel. It is the only award of its kind in the county and qualifies the Bullpups to be considered for the Fall Sports Team of the Year award.

The Pups defense one again stole the show, giving up just 20 yards of offense to the Orioles on 47 plays, including 17 plays that resulted in minus yardage. It was Mac's first shutout of the season for a defense that has given up just 44 points in four games.

Offensively the Bullpups were about as balanced as a team can be, throwing for 225 yards while running for 205. Jace Kinnamon had 108 yards on 19 carries and a TD to lead the way rushing. Kyler Hoppes was 9 of 17 for 225 yards and three touchdowns in the air. Talyn Huff scored on two touchdown catches of 45 and 64 yards while adding two more receptions for 69 yards to his total of 178 yards for the game.

Head Coach Jace Pavlovich was very appreciative of his team receiving the award as he thanked the Sentinel staff as they presented his team the award on Tuesday. He credited his team and the outstanding game they played against Augusta as he announced to them that they had won. He was also very pleased with where his team is at this point in the season.

"Our defense might be the talk of the state and deservedly so," Pavlovich said. "But our offense is pretty good too. We can throw to anyone. We have a lot of weapons and we've never had that luxury here at McPherson. It makes it fun as a play caller."

McPherson's throttling of Augusta stood alone in team of the week consideration this week. The Bullpups will play their fourth game in five weeks on the road Friday as they travel to Towanda to play Circle High School. The Thunderbirds are 0-4 on the season with losses to Maize South, Winfield, Augusta and Coffeyville. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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