McPHERSON — The Augusta High School football team didn't finish the regular season on a high note on a cold Friday night, but the Orioles did give McPherson High School a run for its money for three and a half quarters.
However, it was the Bullpups who were victorious with a 32-14 victory. With the win, McPherson (7-1) claims the top seed in Class 4A West and will have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
McPherson's offense started off strong due to its running attack led by Jaytin Gumm, who rushed for 97 yards on 15 carries. After making two big run plays, it would set up the Bullpups' first touchdown pass at the four.
Rinker connected with Gus Ruddle on a fade route to make it 6-0.
After that, Augusta's defense was able to take advantage of McPherson's mistakes. Kaden McDaniel made plays on both defense and special teams as he recorded a blocked punt and interception, which would put the Orioles (3-5) in good field position.
However, Augusta remained scoreless in the first half.
The McPherson offense finally got going in the second half. Midway through the third quarter, the Bullpups scored their second touchdown of the night led by a short-yard run by Brycen Labertew.
Augusta was not completely out of it. Jett Hand threw his first touchdown pass of the night to Ely Wilcox for 30 yards to make it 12-7.
The Bullpups owned the fourth quarter as they outscored the Orioles 20-7. Aaron Powell made a big play on a 34-yard jet sweep for an 18-7 lead.
Gumm and Sky Schriner added rushing touchdowns to close out the win for McPherson.
Hand did throw his second touchdown pass to Sebastian Flowers despite falling behind with 3:37 left.
McPherson hosts Abilene (0-5) next Friday, while Augusta hosts Ulysses (3-5).