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Ark City’s magic ride continues

Bulldogs knock off McPherson 28-27
Published: Nov. 20, 2020 at 11:36 PM CST
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MCPHERSON, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - After just two regular season wins, the Arkansas City Bulldogs are headed to state. Ark City topped McPherson 28-27 Friday night in the sub-state playoffs.

This was the fourth year in a row that the Bullpups had made it to a semi-final game, but they’ve never been able to make to a state championship.

The Bullpups grabbed the first touchdown of the night with a drive from Brycen Labertew early in the first quarter.

But the Ark City Bullpups responded quickly with their first touchdown of the night with a drive into the end zone from Gabe Welch.

McPherson took the lead again in the second quarter with an 8-yard run from Jaytin Gumm, 14-7, with 6:39 left in the first half.

The Bulldogs responded with a one-yard touchdown drive from Welch again. His second touchdown of the night tied the game 14-14.

Before halftime, the Bullpups managed to take the lead once again with a 34-yard pass to Trey Buckbee.

At the end of the first half, McPherson led 21-14.

Coming back from halftime, the Bullpups scored again but miss a field goal, bringing the score to 27-14.

From here, Ark City managed to not only catch up to the Bullpups with two touchdowns, but they took the lead for the first time, 28- 27 at the end of the third quarter.

McPherson’s got the ball back, but Ark City’s defense came in clutch with two big stops to keep their one-point lead.

Ark City’s ball, but McPherson’s defense stepped up for a big stop on their end to get the ball back.

But a pass from the Pup’s Dylan Rinker gets intercepted by the Bulldogs with 1:46 left in the fourth quarter.

This was one of two interceptions that sealed the game in favor of the Bulldogs. Rinker threw another interception in the last 9 seconds of game that handed Ark City the win they needed to get to the state championship.

After coming off a 2-6 regular season, the Bulldogs will face St. James Academy in the 4A state championship.

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