McPherson shuts out Circle

Peter Holland Jr.
Circle's Luke McGinnis (7) tries to get by McPherson's Jayden Dukes (6) on Friday, Sept. 11 at Circle High School in Towanda, Kansas.

TOWANDA— First win will still have to wait for the Circle High school football. McPherson High School shuts out the T-Birds 41-0, improving to 2-0 on the season, while Circle drops to 0-2 in the AVCTL Division III opener.

Last week McPherson dominated in the run game. This week the passing attack was the main focus. Dylan Rinker threw four touchdown passes for the Bullpups. Two of those touchdowns were to Gus Ruddle, who put on his first 100-yard performance. McPherson started strong in the first quarter with a 15-0 lead. Dylan Rinker connected with Ruddle twice in the end zone. The Bullpups added two more points after a high snap on Circles’ offense that would lead to a safety.

Since then, McPherson wasn’t able to keep the offense going as they wanted due penalties and miscues. Circles’ defense swarmed around McPherson’s rushing attack, holding to 24 yards at halftime. The Bulllpups allowed three turnovers, including Luke McGinnis making interception catch to end the second quarter. While the defense kept Circle in the game, the offense was figtrying to figure out how to get in the Bullpups’ territory.

“Our coaches on the defensive side of the ball has done a terrific job of preparing week in and week out,” Circles Head Coach Logan Clothier said.

McPherson dominated in the second half. Aaron Powell was the top leader in the receiver as he finished with 16 catches for 152 yards and a touchdown. His touchdown pass came midway through the third quarter when Rinker found the senior at the post. Jaytin Gumm, despite a shaky first half, still pulled encore performance late in the fourth recorded as he added two more touchdowns for the Bullpups, one including a 72-yard run to clinch the game, and the second game in a row he rushed for over 150 yards. Trey Buckbee also came through with a touch catch on wide receiver screen.

“The thing is we have a bunch of guys that can make plays for us and they did at times tonight,” Pavlovich said.” A lot of guys need to step up next week a little bit better.”

Next Friday McPherson will return on the road to face Great Bend High School. Circle will stay home to take on Augusta High School.