For the second week in a row, the McPherson High School JV football team got some revenge for the varsity Bullpups, this time with a 20-8 thumping of Winfield Monday at McPherson Stadium.
In the freshmen game, MHS exploded for 24 fourth quarter points to win 46-22.
The JV Pups started off on the right foot Monday. Unfortunately, they couldn’t get any points off of the turnover. In fact, both teams struggled to move the ball for most of the first quarter before Cody Starkel was able to move the MHS offense downfield late in the period. The drive set up a Noah Jirgens four-yard touchdown run with a minute to go in the quarter. A two-point conversion failed, leaving the score 6-0 Pups.
The offensive struggles continued in the second quarter, with the score remaining 6-0 at the intermission.
McPherson made some adjustments, though, at halftime for second-half quarterback Marcus McDaniel, who proceeded to find numerous open lanes and rush for several big games.
McDaniel found the endzone twice in the half, with the first coming with 2:49 left in the third quarter from a yard out. Jirgens added a two-point conversion to make it 14-0.
McDaniel broke loose on a 24-yard touchdown run, thanks in part to some excellent blocking from the entire Bullpup (5-0) offensive unit, with 5:25 left to go in the game to make it 20-0 MHS.
“[The coaches] made a few adjustments at halftime,” MHS JV coach Chet Harlin said. “I know the offensive coaches got some things hashed out and the kids responded well and got everything fixed.”
The Vikings made a last push in the final minute of the game, scoring with four seconds left on the clock on a 12 yard pass from Layke Hoffman to Issac Bailey. A two-point conversion made it 20-8 as time ran out.
In the freshmen game, the two teams were tied at 22-22 entering the fourth quarter. McPherson opened up the throttle, though, two-and-a-half minutes into the period, as Brock Malm raced for a 51-yard touchdown after grabbing a pass from Casen Hoover to kick off the offensive explosion.
T.K. Mukwindidza added a two-point conversion, followed by a 10-yard touchdown run with 5:55 left in the game. Hoover added a 36-yard scoring run with 2:44 left to put the icing on the 24-point win.
Hoover had a phenomenal game, as, in addition to the fourth quarter scores, he also had a pair of 35-yard touchdown passes to Caleb Spaich in the first half. He also added a pair of two-point conversions.
Mukwindidza also had a 17-yard run in the first quarter and a first-half two-point conversion.
The JV squad has a pair of games left on the schedule, both away. Monday, they will travel to Mulvane for a 6:30 p.m. kickoff.
Page 2 of 2 - The freshmen play twice next week, once Monday at Mulvane, and then Oct. 17 in their season finale at McPherson Stadium against Emporia.