ABILENE—The McPherson High School football team dominated one half of football, and just like that, the game was over in a flash of lightning.. The Bullpups defeated Abilene High School 48-3 on Friday night, and due to potential thunderstorms, the game was cut short with only one half of football left.
The Bullpups put up 48 points on the Cowboys and put up 273 total yards of offense. Dylan Rinker started at quarterback in couple series in place of Kaleb Hoppes. On the first drive, Rinker connected with Trey Buckbee on a 55-yard screen pass to set the tone on offense. The Bullpups had some minor issues taking care of the ball early on. giving up two early fumbles. Even though it didn't factor in Abilene's favor, Head coach Jace Pavlovich wants his Bullpups to work on ball securities.
"We got to do a better job protecting the football, but overall I was pretty proud of our guys," Pavlovich said. "You can't get too mad in a running clock in the first half. We were a lot better than they were. I thought our guys executed well."
The Bullpups took advantage of Abilene's mental errors, scoring three straight touchdowns off the Cowboys' turnovers. Hoppes caught a interception on defense and then rushed 40-yards for a touchdown on offense. He then threw a deep ball 44-yard touchdown pass to Gus Ruddle. He also connected with Aaron Powell before the end of the first half. Matt Ramey and Aiden Hoover found the end zone when they got their touches after back-to-back special team miscues on Abilene, including a blocked punt by Cody Stufflebean, which would set up a one-yard touchdown by Hoover. Jake Feil also got scored a 15-yard rush after wearing down Abilene's defense.
"We fully understand as a coaching staff how blessed we are to have the kids that we have," Pavlovich said. "Coach (John) Montgomery did a great job spreading the ball around. That's just something that's going to make us better as we go through the year."
The Bullpups improved to 4-0 on the season, and will finally focus on Buhler next Friday at McPherson Stadium at 7 p.m.
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