The McPherson High School football team may have the right amount of juniors and seniors that can carry the program to victory every night. However, that's not stopping Head coach Jace Pavlovich from letting his sophomores get their jersey dirty.
The Bullpups are 3-0 of the season and focusing on their road game against the winless Abilene High School this Friday. About eight sophomores sought playing-time either as a starter or have been in the rotation. For example, Aiden Hoover rushed two touchdowns on eight total carries in the last two games after switching to running back due to lack of depth. Jayden Dukes caught his first interception in his varsity career in the Bullpups' 29-17 win against Salina South in their season opener, and Curtis Landrum got a tackle for loss in his first start against El Dorado at defensive end. Each week when their name is called, they not only show flashes but promise as well.
"We have a lot of sophomores on the field playing for us right now," Pavlovich said. "We know what they are capable of doing. It's the youth and experience that's showing through."
Trey Buckbee is among those sophomore group getting good looks in the starting role at wide receiver. He started all three games on the opposite side of junior wideout Aaron Powell. So far he is second in receptions with nine. While waiting on his breakout game, Buckbee is humbled of earning the starting job.
"Not many sophomores get the opportunity, and I got to fight for the starting spot," Buckbee said. It's kind of nice to start the year off with it."
Buckbee also mentioned the work ethic his peers have been putting during the offseason. Their summer workouts played a role in the results they have been putting in during the season.
"We put in the work in the weight room," Buckbee said. "Outside of practice and outside of school in the summer going to Blue Valley and 7-on-7s. Just working hard for it has been paying off."
Kickoff against Abilene will be at 7 p.m.
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