In a division with perennial powers Buhler and Maize South, the McPherson High School football team stood out as the best in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail Division III.
The first team was loaded with Bullpups, including Wyatt Seidl who was named offensive MVP, Jayse Alexander who was named defensive MVP, and head coach Jace Pavlovich was selected as the AVCTL DIII Coach of the Year.
Along with having the most valuable player on offense and defense, and the league’s top coach, McPherson occupied 18 spots on the All-League teams, including 10 first-team selections.
Seidl was named MVP as an offensive lineman, which is quite the feat in and of itself, as well as a first-team offensive lineman and defensive end. Junior Dawson VanGoethem (second team) and senior Brandon Wilde (honorable mention) joined Seidl on the offensive line this season for McPherson.
The Bullpups also had the top quarterback in DIII with Kyler Hoppes at the helm. Hoppes had the pleasure of throwing to first-team receiver Gabe Hoover and second-team receiver Tayln Huff. Hoppes, Hoover, and Huff are all juniors and will be back next season. Senior tight end Thomas Diggs was also a significant member of the McPherson arial attack, and was named the league’s top tight end.
To compliment the passing game, junior Jace Kinnamon was named to the first team as a running back. Between Maize South’s Max Domnick, Buhler’s Dalton Brown, and Kinnamon for McPherson, AVCTL DIII had three stellar first-team running backs.
Alexander, a hard-hitting linebacker, represented the league as the defensive MVP. Alexander was joined by fellow senior Kollin Goering on the first team ballot for linebackers; junior Honestee Whittker, who missed playing time this year with an injury, was chosen as a honorable mention at linebacker.
Along with the linebacking core, the McPherson secondary was as good as it gets in the state. Seniors Drew Labertew and Ben Nikkel were selected to the first team for defensive backs, while seniors Gunnar Reiss and Tyson Stites were honorable mentions. Between those four in coverage, opposing quarterbacks seldom found open receivers to throw to.
Stites was also an honorable mention for special teams player.
McPherson finished the season with a 10-2 record and made it to the state semifinals.
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