McPHERSON— The road to state continues for the McPherson High School football team as they crushed Ulysses High School 48-17. The Bullpups remain undefeated at 10-0 and will advance to the quarterfinals of the Class 4A football tournament, while it was be a long trip back for the Tigers.
The Bullpups put up 48 points in the first half. The passing attack was not at it's best, but the running game was able to the move the chains.
Jace Kinnamon carried the offense with four rushing touchdowns and netted 186 yards on the ground. Pavlovich praised his offensive line for creating holes for their running backs.
"Our offensive line are continuing to get better and better, and we got some great backs behind them," Bullpups' head coach Jace Pavlovich said.
Kyler Hoppes was able to throw two touchdown passes for the Bullpups. That included a 35-yard screen to Aaron Powell, where he broke multiple tackles that would lead to a foot race into the end zone.
"They were giving us man coverages," Pavlovich said. "We're pretty blessed to have a bunch of talents at receivers, and at quarterback, and the offensive line does a great job protecting."
On defense, the Bullpups had to take on the Tigers' 6-foot-9 quarterback Devin Walker. The defensive front, led by Khalil Lisbon, created pressure against Walker. However, before the end of the second quarter, the crowd went silent went Lisbon went down for an apparent shoulder injury. Fortunately, he was able to walk it off and on his way to the locker room. Lisbon was done for the night. According to Pavlovich, Lisbon only suffered an AC joint in his right shoulder and will be day-to-day during practice. Pavlovich is confident that Lison will be ready to go next week.
"Most football players have fought through an injury like that, and if that's what it is then he'll be alright," Pavlovich said. "We'll sit him out at practice. We have a special brace for padding for that shoulder, and hopefully he'll be good to go on Friday."
Jake Feil continues to play the x-factor whenever he's on the field. This time he made his mark on defense after recording two interceptions at cornerback. One resulted into a 55-yard pick six. His second interception came in just in time to end the first half.
A 48-3 lead in the first half would lead to a running clock in the second. Tigers' running back Andrew Nagel was able to put up two touchdowns over the Bullpups whenever they reached the goal line. Despite trailing big, the Tigers continued to fight on until the end.
"We knew going into it, that these are some tough kids, and they have some good pieces here and there, especially defensively," Pavlovich said. "We knew it was going to be a dog fight, and our kids battled adversity just like we hoped they would, and they executed well in the first half."
McPherson will move on to the quarterfinals to take on Arkansas City High School next Friday at 7 p.m. at McPherson Stadium.
Kyler Hoppes (MHS)
16-25 198 yards 2 touchdowns
Devin Walker (Ulysses)
10-23 129 yards 2 Interceptions
Jace Kinnamon (MHS)
16. carries 186 yards 4 touchdowns
Brennan Vagher (Ulysses)
6 carries 47 yards
Taylyn Huff (MHS)
7 rec. 63 yards
Victor Perez (Ulysses)
3 rec. 71 yards
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