There was no question the McPherson fanbase was holding their breaths after the McPherson High School football team were down 10-0 earlier in the first quarter before beating Salina South High School 29-17 last Friday.
What the Bullpups want to avoid as they get ready for their home opener against Winfield High School, is a slow start, especially offensively. The Bullpups weren't able to get more than one yard early. The Bullpups were able to make adjustments before the end of the second quarter.
"We started really slow in the first half, but the second half we came through and played pretty well," Kaleb Hoppes said. “We just had to play faster. We came out really slow and not playing like we should, and once we start getting going, we start playing like we should, and did our thing."
99 problems, but a touchdown ain't one
One of the most talked about in last week's win over the Cougars was the 99-yard touchdown from Hoppes to Aaron Powell in the third quarter. It was touchdown that helped turned the game around after trailing behind the Cougars in the first half. It tied for the longest touchdown pass in McPherson history held by Hoppes' older brother, Kyler. Hoppes had a remarkable debut as the starting quarterback as he finished the night throwing for 235 yards and four total touchdowns.
"It was awesome to beat my brother's record. We knew we had the middle of the field wide open," Hoppes said. “We just tagged the route for Aaron (Powell). It was a post, and Aaron was wide open down the middle."
From Powell's perspective, he had the matchup he wanted that would set up the play. After getting off his break and ran a post, it was a footrace with nobody catching up to the junior receiver.
"We saw underneath that the safety was trying to man up on me, and that's exactly he did," Powell said. “Our coaches wanted us to make that play. That's what we did. I had a good break on the kid. Kaleb threw a great ball, and our line protected."
Everyone in the McPherson community couldn't help but bring up that play to Powell days after the game. People who knew Powell were happy for him after overcoming his leg injury he sustained last year during the Class 4A semifinals.
"I was actually at work, and a guy asked me if I played football and then asked me who caught the 99-yarder, and I said that was me. It was kind of crazy," Powell said. "A couple of people asked me how it felt to have that after coming back from my leg injury. That was the huge part. I wasn't going to be my redemption. I was going into the game to win and be with my friends and family on the team."
Hoover scores five touchdowns in JV's win
Aiden Hoover was a busy man as he scored five total touchdowns on Monday's' 64-0 win over Salina South's JV team. Hoover stepped in at running back after two Bullpups were injured. In the backfield, he collected three rushing touchdowns. On defense, he got a pick-6 and a punt return for a touchdown. The McPherson Freshman team fall to Salina South 28-14 on the same day.
This Friday will be "Poster Night" at McPherson Stadium. After their game against Winfield, the fans will line up for the senior player will autograph their posters. Kickoff for Friday's game will be at 7 p.m.
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