STERLING—It was a rough night for the Bulldogs, as McPherson lost to Sterling College 41-18. In their last game away from home, they could just not slow down Sterling.
The Warriors started out strong, scoring on the first drive of the game, with a run from three yards out. The Bulldogs then went three-and-out, as they were forced to punt. Sterling responded rather quickly, scoring from 22 yards out only three plays later. This was the theme for this game, a lot of scoring for the Warriors and not much for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs trailed the Warriors 20-6 after the first quarter, and at the end of the half, the deficit had ballooned to 34-12. They were shutout in the 3rd quarter, while the Warriors added another touchdown to extend their lead to 41-12. In the final quarter, it was the Bulldogs' turn to pitch a shutout. They added a touchdown, on a 4-yard carry by Xavier Stockard, but it was too little too late.
In a game that didn't feature much offense for McPherson, Ed Crouch was the leading passer with 169 yards and a touchdown on 15-25 passing. Crouch also added 40 yards on the ground on seven rush attempts. Bailey Sites was the leading rusher, with 74 yards of his own on 13 attempts. Brandt Wolters was the leading receiver for the Bulldogs, totaling 78 yards on six catches. Jackson Goodmiller caught Crouch's lone touchdown pass, and ended with 52 receiving yards.
Overall, it was a frustrating day for the Bulldogs. They will hope to end the season on a high note, as they take on Saint Mary at home on nest Saturday, Nov.10th at 1 p.m. at McPherson Stadium.