Jace Kinnamon. That is really all you need to know about McPherson's 62-7 victory over Circle Friday in Towanda. Kinnamon ran for four first half touchdowns and led the Bullpups offense to 415 total yards before halftime as Mac improved to 4-1 on the season.
TOWANDA — Jace Kinnamon. That is really all you need to know about McPherson's 62-7 victory over Circle Friday in Towanda. Kinnamon ran for four first half touchdowns and led the Bullpups offense to 415 total yards before halftime as Mac improved to 4-1 on the season.
Kinnamon, while seemingly a one-man wrecking crew out of the backfield, had a lot of help from the the guys up front on the offensive line. This group was one of the question marks going into the season, but they continue get better as each week goes by.
"We're starting to click offensively," Pups coach Jace Pavlovich said. "At the beginning of the year our offensive line struggled a little bit but what people don't remember is our offensive line struggled last year at the beginning of the year and that was our best position group by the end of the year. We expect that to take place this year as well. All of our tailbacks are doing a tremendous job. We put in Austen Hunt and that kid runs down hill too. Jace, Jace did a tremendous job tonight."
Kinnamon opened the scoring with a TD run just 2 minutes into the game. Drew Labertew's point after touchdown kick was true and the Pups led 7-0.
Circle responded with a 54-yard drive of their own into the Mac red zone before it was stopped by a Jayse Alexander interception that he returned 80 yards to the Thunderbirds 17. From that point until halftime it was all Bullpups.
Kinnamon scored on an 8-yard run with 5:05 left in the first quarter. Labertew added the PAT and the Pups led 14-0. Ben Nikkel scored just over two minutes later on an 18-yard run and Labertew made it 21-0 with a good PAT.
Just over a minute into the second quarter Kinnamon rumbled for TD number three, this time for 10 yards, with the PAT off the toe of Labertew extending the lead to 35-0. Hunt got in on the show a minute and a half later, scoring on a one-yard plunge with a good PAT from Labertew making it 42-0.
Kyler Hoppes then took to the air and found Chandler Wiard for a 41-yard TD strike. Once again Labertew's kick was good for the point after touchdown and the Bullpups led 49-0.
The ground attack took back over as Kinnamon, who ran with authority every time he touched the ball, went for 8 yards for his fourth score of the game. Labertew's kick hit the uprights and fell no good as the lead was now 55-0.
The final score of the half and night for McPherson came two minutes later as Hunt added a second TD run, this time for five yards. Labertew, who made eight of nine point after kicks, was good on the PAT and Mac went to the locker room up 62-0.
The second half was substitute and JV time, with numerous players getting some valuable varsity playing time, as the clock was in running mode the entire way. Circle did manage a touchdown in the third quarter to avoid the shutout and make the final score 62-7. Even with the relative ease of scoring, the Bullpups accomplished what they wanted to going into the game.
"We were able to accomplish what we wanted to and that was to establish the running game offensively and, defensively just do more of the same as we have been doing. I was proud of our kids effort tonight and their execution. Now we want to get in and watch film tomorrow and improve. We really look forward to getting home and playing Rose Hill next week. We love playing at home. Our crowd and the environment is just amazing and our kids feed off of that."
McPherson will play three of its final four games at home, after being on the road for four of the first five. It all begins Friday night as Rose Hill comes to town for a 7 p.m. kickoff at McPherson Stadium, as the Bullpups celebrate Homecoming as well.
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