Team of the Week: McPherson Bullpups

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McPherson welcomed rival Buhler to McPherson Stadium on Friday for a match up of undefeated teams.

It turned into a defensive game with the Bullpups up 6-0 at the end of the first half

"We were so excited to play somebody that was going to give us a heck of a football game and that was a team that could very easily beat us," head coach Jace Pavlovich said. "I feel like Salina South was a good football team, Winfield as well but when we execute the way were capable of executing we can put a lot of points on the board."

In the third quarter, McPherson came out firing. The Bullpups scored two touchdowns to take a 21-0 lead. The game was far from over.  Buhler would score twice in a matter of minutes in the 4th to make it 21-14.

"They started to control the line of scrimmage on us and that’s something that we definitely have to get better at," Pavlovich said. "We got the guys to do it we just got to prove it. Simple execution. There’s a lot of false start penalties here not taking care of the football. Miscues on special teams and those things are going to hurt you against a really good football team." 

The Crusaders got the ball back with under 2 minutes to go and needing a touchdown to tie. On the fourth play of the drive, Kaleb Hoppes intercepted the pass to put the game on ice for McPherson.

"We just went into a max protection and we rushed three. When you have the d-line that we have we can get some pressure on them and our kids executed real well," Pavlovich explained.

"I was just reading the quarterback the whole time and I saw him looking at their number 1 receiver and I just broke on him because I knew the ball was going there and went and picked it off," Hoppes said. 

This is the 4th straight year the Bullpups have defeated Buhler which is a new school record.

"Well you know I don’t care if it’s 4 times in a row or if it’s one time anytime you beat Buhler it’s pretty special. There’s no question we have a huge rivalry with these guys and again it’s always good to come out on top against the guys in maroon," Pavlovich said. 

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