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McPherson gets rivalry win over Buhler

Pups take it 18-6
Published: Oct. 9, 2020 at 11:26 PM CDT
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MCPHERSON, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - A big rivalry in McPherson Friday night as the Buhler Crusaders faced the McPherson Bullpups. McPherson got the win at home 18-6.

Both teams started off scoreless in the first quarter.

But a 52-yard pass from Dylan Rinker to Trey Buckbee got the ball rolling and lead the Bullpup’s Jayvn Hill to a 1-yard touchdown.

The Crusader’s Sam Elliott came through with a big run for Buhler in the second quarter. He got tripped up but it wasn’t enough to stop him from scoring. He tied up the game 6-6 with 1:27 left in the first half.

But the Bullpup’s Rinker connected with Aaron Powell for another touchdown before the end of the first half to find the lead, 12-6 at halftime.

Another scoreless quarter in the third, Bullpups were still up 12-6 going into the last quarter of the game.

A 46-yard pass from McPherson’s Rinker to Gus Ruddle helped the Bullpups find some momentum again.

On the next play, Rinker threw another pass to Aaron Powell, which will get the Pups up 18-6 with 9:43 left in the game.

The Crusaders fell short for the fourth year in a row against the Bullpups and lost their three-game winning streak.

After the game, Head Coach Jace Pavlovich said it’s easy getting his team ready to play the Crusaders.

“Well it’s pretty easy to get our kids ready to play Buhler. You know, they’re a great football team, they’re a great program, you know we wake up every single day trying to get better in order to beat Buhler. That’s what a rivalry is all about,” He said. “And it wasn’t real clean tonight, we didn’t execute the way we are capable and have done. But we got it done tonight and I’m proud of our kids' effort.”

Coach Pavlovich also mentioned a tragedy both teams faced and were affected by earlier this year.

“One of the things that hurt both programs this offseason is they lost a great kid, Raiden Stewart, in a car wreck, he’s paralyzed. I saw him on the sideline, I didn’t get a chance to talk to him, but our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. You know, we know he’s a tough kid and we know he wanted to be out here. And again, it’s one of those things… kids are resilient and he’s a fighter and he’s gonna do some tremendous things in his life.” Pavlovich said.

The Bullpups will get ready to face the 1-3 Mulvane Wildcats next week.

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