McPherson Middle School’s eighth-grade football team, which won all of three games last year as seventh-graders, posted its second straight impressive victory on Thursday in its home opener, routing Newton 28-6.
“This week we saw a completely different style of defense that can tend to give guys up front some fits,” MMS coach TJ Jackson said. “Even still our boys started to figure it out and were able to make some very good run plays because of the big guys up front. The wind played a factor in our pass game as well as they knew what we wanted to come in and do by slinging the ball around. Our guys proved they can play both the run and pass games on offense well by totaling 197 yards on the ground on 25 attempts and 78 yards passing on 9 of 16. I am proud that our offense has only turned the ball over one time in our first two games.”
The MMS defense was stellar as well.
“Defensively we played phenomenal,” Jackson said. “Newton ended up with negative yardage for a total and only scored one touchdown after having a short field from the one turnover. Curtis Landrum was lights-out as he recorded 6 tackles, 2 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries. (Aiden) Hoover came up big with several tackles for loss. (Lorenzo) Cruzen had an interception to end one drive by Newton and (Collin) Pearson had an interception in the end of the game to seal the deal.”
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Hoover 32 pass to Dukes (conversion failed)
Hoover 33 run (Hoover run)
Hoover 12 pass to Buckbee (Ruddle run)
Hoover 70 run (conversion failed)