The Newton High School football team had chances against the McPherson Bullpups, but gave up too many big plays, falling 41-2 Friday in Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division II play.


The Newton High School football team had chances against the McPherson Bullpups, but gave up too many big plays, falling 41-2 Friday in Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division II play.

McPherson improves to 4-0, 3-0 in AV-CTL II play. Newton falls to 3-1, 2-1 in division play.

“They played better than we did,” Newton coach Brent Glann said. “They made plays. We had chances. We fought hard. We came back. We cut it to a 12-point deficit, had them at a third-and-20 and gave up a long touchdown. We basically gave them two touchdowns to start the game and had to fight from behind the rest of the way. Other than that, we fought very hard. We had several guys play very well.”

Final stats were not available at press time.

“Stopping their passing game was a major problem for us,” Glann said. “We tried double-teaming people. We tried zone coverages. We tried man. We tried us all, and they just torched us. This was very similar to last year. We’d get them third-and-15 or third-and-20 and give up a first down or a touchdown. We work on pass coverage more than most teams do. We get teams in third-and-long or fourth-and-long, and give up a big play.”

McPherson needed just five plays from scrimmage to score two touchdowns, the first on two long plays and the second on a 31-yard pass from Joel Piper to Christian Ulsaker. A bad punt snap gave McPherson the ball on the Railer seven. After two penalties and two incomplete passes and two motion penalties, Piper hit Levi Gehrhardt for a 17-yard touchdown pass.

McPherson was forced to punt on its third series but snapped the ball out of the end zone for a safety.

Miguel Johns returned the free kick to the McPherson 41. Newton got to the McPherson 17, where a Kevin Ronen field goal attempt went wide left. A pair of McPherson penalties backed the Bullpups up to the 10, but a couple of long passes allowed McPherson to get to the Railer nine, but Ben Clary’s field goal attempt also went wide left.

Newton took the ball 80 yards in 13 plays, scoring on a two-yard Martens run.

McPherson got the ball to the Railer four in the final two minutes of the first half, but a fumble gave Newton the ball.

McPherson needed just three plays in the second half to score, a 61-yard Nick Garcia run. The PAT kick was shanked.

A McPherson touchdown was called back on a holding call. On fourth down, Ronen broke up a pass in the end zone. Newton fumbled the ball back on the next play at the Railer 45, where Piper hit Gehrhardt for a touchdown.

A Newton touchdown run by Martens was called back for a hold. Newton turned the ball over on downs at the McPherson nine. McPherson scored on a 70-yard Garcia run.

Newton came right back on a 70-yard, eight-play drive, scoring on a two-yard Martens run. A two-point conversion pass was missed.

After a blocked punt, Martens scored on a five-yard run with 7:02 remaining. Newton backed the Bullpups back to their own eight-yard line, where Piper hit Treg Fawl for a 92-yard touchdown with 5:18 left, putting the game away. Newton turned the ball over on the following play.

Newton has two games remaining before district, traveling to Kansas City Wyandotte at 1 p.m. Saturday. Wyandotte is 0-4 after a 34-8 loss to Tonganoxie.

“We have to come back on Monday and get ready to go to Kansas City,” Glann said. “I told the guys I’m more worried about us than I am of them. We’re kind of going into this one blind. The team has to stay together, stay close and help each other out. For this particular game, having the extra day will help. We’ll take the weekend off and come back ready to go on Monday.”

McPherson 14 0 20 7 —41

Newton 2 7 0 13 —22

Scoring

1q. M Ulsaker 31-yd. pass from Piper (Clary kick) 9:32

1q. M Gehrhardt 17-yd. pass from Piper (Clary kick) 7:51

1q. N safety: punt snap into endzone 4:32

2q. N Martens 2-yd. run (Ronen kick) 3:50

3q. M N.Garcia 61-yd. run (kick failed) 10:26

3q. M Gehrhardt 45-yd. pass from Piper (Clary kick) 3:46

3q. M N.Garcia 70-yd. (Clary kick) 11:47

4q. N Martens 2-yd. run (pass failed) 9:14

4q. N Martens 5-yd. run (Ronen kick) 7:02

4q. M Faul 92-yd. pass from Piper (Clary kick) 5:18

Missed field goals — New.: Ronen 34 (WL). McP.: Clary 39