McPherson eyes first-ever state title game
MCPHERSON, Kan. (KAKE) - With another sub-state appearance, McPherson is once again on the verge of making history.
"It's pretty incredible how far we've made it and our team's worked pretty hard to get where we are," McPherson senior safety Cade Wedel said.
After trailing 20-7, McPherson put together 42-straight points to knock off Circle in sectionals last week and advance to its fourth semifinal game in five years.
"We've been down in games and our guys haven't panicked," McPherson head football coach Jace Pavlovich said. "They're competitors. They're tough kids and when you have that going for you, good things can happen."
The Bullpups (10-1) travel to face Wamego (11-0) in the 4A sub-state round. Either team will make history with a win as neither has ever played in a state title game.
"We're just going to need to start off strong and really pull together as a team, especially against a team as good as Wamego," Wedel said. "Their offense is unlike anything we've really played against this year and they got some studs."
Pavlovich said the Red Raiders will be even tougher to go up against than Junction City, the only team that beat the Bullpups this season.
"What sets them apart from what we see on film is the amount of team speed that they have. We haven't seen a team with this much speed," Pavlovich said. "It's gonna be a tough task, but we're looking forward to it."
With history on the line, the Bullpups believe this year they have what it takes to go all the way.
"The past few years, we've kind of just had one little mistake that's kind of set it to a loss," McPherson senior tight end and defensive end Samuel Becker said. "So we just got to play almost a perfect game, I guess. Just get over the hump by just playing almost perfect."
The state semifinal matchup between the Bullpups and the Red Raiders kicks off at 7 p.m. on Friday at Wamego High School.