MCPHERSON - McPherson fullback Daniel Dick is proof positive that patience does pay off.
The senior has bided his time to showcase what he can do and did just that Friday night in Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division III showdown with Rose Hill, driving in four touchdowns off only six carries. The Bullpups put up 541 yards total in a 44-20 dismantling of the Rockets in front of a raucous McPherson Stadium crowd.
"Dan's real quick," McPherson coach Tom Young said of his fullback. "He's not real big, but he's real quick. He's pretty strong for his size and did a nice job of carrying it in there."
Dick had six carries for 10 yards and the four touchdowns. He also picked up 12 yards receiving off one reception on a night that McPherson High School honored long-time tennis coach Doug Gayer for his contributions to the community at halftime.
McPherson opened the game with a three-and-out on the Rockets, really setting the tone for the first half. Running back Ty Hart took the ball 35-yards down the field to set up Dick's first score with 8:27 left in the first quarter, a one yard run that made it 7-0 MHS.
The Pups (2-1, 2-0 AVCTL Div. III) set Dick up again not three minutes later, as quarterback Kyler Kinnamon hooked up with T.J. Stites on a 41-yard pass to set up another MHS score from the Rose Hill one-yard line.
Dick would get one more touchdown in the fourth quarter, a two-yard run after a 14-play, 88 yard drive. The Pups would also get a pair of rushing touchdowns from Kyler Kinnamon and one from Jose Gloria on the night.
"I felt like we executed pretty well on the offensive side of the ball," Young said. "We seemed to accomplish the big plays right when we needed them. Kyler just had a tremendous game."
Rose Hill (0-3, 0-2 AVCTL Div. III) would expose some weaknesses in the McPherson pass defense a few times during the game, the first coming as quarterback Brett Bonar would launch a 58-yard pass to Ross Nolan that set up a three-yard quarterback keeper for Bonar to get the Rockets on the scoreboard with 4:57 left in the first half.
Bonar would again go to the air, this time hooking up with Harrison Haydock for a 59-yard touchdown pass last in the second quarter that looked to give Rose Hill some life heading into halftime. Unfortunately for first-year head coach Ray Boese, his Rockets were largely shut down in the second half by a stingy Bullpup defense that kept them in negative yards rushing until the MHS junior varsity came into the game with five minutes left.
Garrett Forsberg finished out the Rocket scoring with a 29-yard touchdown run to make it 44-20.
Kinnamon was easily the biggest offensive producer for either team, racking up 350 total offensive yards by himself. Comparatively, Rose Hill, as a team, had 293 yards offensively. Kinnamon was 15-of-22 in the air for 222 yards and an interception. He added 128 yards on the ground off of 13 carries with the two touchdowns.
Bonar threw for 253 yards, completing 11-of-19 passes and was picked off twice. Forsberg led the Rocket rushing game with 27 yards, with those picked up in the fourth quarter.
McPherson didn't come away injury free, as running back Ty Hart came out of the game with an apparent ankle injury after notching 117 yards. Young said in postgame the injury doesn't appear to be too serious and doesn't expect him to miss a game.
McPherson is back on the road next Friday for another AVCTL Div. III showdown, this time with Buhler, who defeated Mulvane 35-28.
"We figured they'd be pretty strong," Young said of Buhler. "And they have been. It could be the best opponent on our schedule outside of Hays."
The Rockets are on the road again next week, this time at Winfield.