Yes, it will be cold, and yes, it will be snowing Friday night during the Class 4A quarterfinals when the McPherson High School football team will host Arkansas City High School at McPherson Stadium on Friday night.
Don't let the 4-6 record fool you. Arkansas City has athletes from each position. That's mostly because some of the Arkansas City players are either champion in wrestling or basketball. Leading the pack is their starting quarterback Cevin Clark, who will be a handful as a dual threat. Last week in the Bulldogs' win over Coffeyville High School, Clarke rushed 117 yards, and 17 carries to go along with 90 yards through the air.
"They have a really good quarterback. He's elusive and we have to contain him," Bullpups' Jake Feil said. "They also got big and quick wide receivers We got to make sure that we don't get beat deep."
The Bullpups are not intimidated in the cold weather and will be mentally prepared when the snow comes down.
"Our preparation stays the same, but we understand that the weather is going to play an important role in the game on Friday night, and at this point of the season, the team that wants to win is going to win," Bullpups' head coach Jace Pavlovich said. "The team that doesn't care about the conditions and is going to play hard for each other is going to win the game. It's typically the way it is in the postseason, and the weather just adds to the element."
Coach Pavlovich don't have to worry too much on the offensive side. Starting quarterback Kyler Hoppes has thrown 66 percent of his passed for 2,183 yards and 30 touchdowns and only two interceptions. He also has his trio receivers led by Gabe Hoover, who is almost at 1100 receiving yards and has 16 touchdowns. Tayln Huff and Chandler Wiard are close to a 400-yard season.
Bullpups' leading rusher Jace Kinnamon has already shattered almost every school record in rushing yards and touchdowns, and could potentially break Dwayne Chandler's 3,182 rushing record. Kinnamon is 149-yard shy of breaking the 30-yard record.
"I feel confident that we have a bunch of tough kids that want to continue to play football and if that's the case, then we got a good shot to win it," Pavlovich said.
Winner of Friday's matchup will advance to the Class 4A Semifinals to take on the winner of the Goodard-Wellington game next week. Kickoff will begin at 7 p.m.
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