The McPherson High School football put up eight touchdowns in only one half of football against El Dorado High School on Friday night. The Bullpups dominated the Wildcats 55-16 and improved to 3-0 on the season.
One of the things head coach Jace Pavlovich wanted his Bullpups to execute was scoring on the first drive, which they haven't in the last two games. The Bullpups took care of that mainly in the running game led by Jakob Feil.
"We send a message by taking the ball, even with the wind," Pavlovich said. "We don't care what the situation is with the wind or the environment. We're going to score on the first drive, and our kids execute it very well."
It was just last season when Feil scored three touchdowns on only five carries as a backup running back in the first three games. On Friday night, he scored three straight touchdowns while rushing for 99 yards on eight carries.
Pavlovich praised his offensive line by creating holes for the senior tailback. Even the Bullpup offense let Pavlovich know that they want to run the ball more in a pistol set. Permission granted.
"If our guys are comfortable with a certain scheme or tweak, we're going to listen to them, and it really paid off tonight," Pavlovich said.
The Bullpups were facing an El Dorado team that is predominately freshmen. The Wildcats had yet to complete a pass and relied on their flex-bone option through the ground. McPherson's defense dominated the line of scrimmage, creating big hits and forcing five fumbles all night. Three of the turnovers made by the Bullpup defense would set up another scoring drive for McPherson's offense. McPherson added five more in the second quarter before the end of the half.
Quarterback Kaleb Hoppes picked up one from the ground and one through the air when he targeted Aaron Powell. Aiden Hoover scored his third rushing touchdown of the season as a backup tailback, and Dylan Rinker threw two to Cody Stufflebean and Jonah Clarke when his name was called.
"Our guys are hungry, and our guys are going to choke them out if we have to whenever we have the chance," Pavlovich said.
By the time the third quarter began, it was a running clock. El Dorado was able to avoid a shutout as they scored both touchdowns in the third. Drew Veatch gave the El Dorado's its biggest run of the evening with a 44-yard run, and quarterback Gannon White also punched one in for a one-yard run on the next scoring drive.
The Bullpups will be back on the road to take on Abilene High School next Friday at 7 p.m.
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