“They’re every bit as good as advertised,” is how Newton High School football coach Brent Glann summed up McPherson as the Railers fell 62-21 Friday night at Fischer Field.


“They’re every bit as good as advertised,” is how Newton High School football coach Brent Glann summed up McPherson as the Railers fell 62-21 Friday night at Fischer Field.

McPherson finishes the regular season 8-1, 3-0 in district play. Newton ends the year 2-7, 1-2 in district play. McPherson advances to the Class 5A state playoffs Friday, hosting in the first round.

“The most disappointing thing was our kickoff coverage,” Glann said. “We gave up two touchdowns on kickoff returns. They were every bit as good as we thought they were. We did move the ball well on them. ... It’s a tough way to end the season. Coleman Kingsley was dinged up early and wasn’t up to full speed, but he toughed it out. Dominic Davis ran the ball well. He had over 200 yards rushing.”

Davis finished with 260 yards rushing on 19 carries with three touchdowns.

For McPherson, Kevin O’Connor had nine carries for 137 yards and three touchdowns. Seth Davenport rushed for two TDs. Tyler Mathews passed for 301 yards and a touchdown.

Newton loses 13 seniors listed on the roster.

“Everything I said about the seniors earlier this week holds true,” Glann said. “I want to thank them and wish them the best. I feel like we do have the building blocks for next year. With another year in the weight room and another year of maturity, this team will have what it takes to compete with these teams.”

McPherson 21 20 21 0 —62

Newton 0 7 7 7 —21

Scoring

1q. M O’Connor 7-yd. run (Houghton kick) 10:19

1q. M Ulsaker 21-yd. pass from Mathews (Houghton kick) 8:02

1q. M Davenport 3-yd. run (Houghton kick) 4:23

2q. M Gawanda 1-yd. run (PAT na) 10:33

2q. N Davis 71-yd. run (Stahl kick) 10:13

2q. M O’Connor 79-yd. kickoff return (Houghton kick) 10:13

2q. M Davenport 1-yd. run (PAT na) 5:28

3q. M O’Connor 50-yd. run (Houghton kick) 10:24

3q. M O’Connor 30-yd. run (Houghton kick) 1:43

3q. N Davis 72-yd. run (Stahl kick) 1:20

3q. M Hart 82-yd. kickoff return (Houghton kick) 1:14

4q. N Davis 17-yd. run (Stahl kick) 3:41

Team stats

McP. New.

First downs 18 15

Rushing-yards 31-203 54-365

Passing yards 301 11

Comp-att-int 12-17-0 1-6-1

Punts-avg. 1-37.0 5-40.0

Fumbles-lost 0-0 1-0

Penalties-yards 3-35 1-15

Time of poss. 21:27 26:33

Individual stats

RUSHING — McPherson: O’Connor 9-137, O’Bannom 6-31, Davenport 10-27, Clark 3-9, Hart 1-2, Gawanda 1-1, Mathews 1-(-4). Newton: .Davis 19-260, Kingsley 18-82, Floerke 10-34, Valdez 3-2, Johns 4-(-13).

PASSING — McPherson: Mathews 12-17-0, 301 yards. Newton: Kingsley 1-6-1, 11 yards.

RECEIVING — McPherson: Ulsaker 4-119, Gawanda 3-72, Davenport 2-44, O’Connor 1-38, Hart 1-26, Houghton 1-2. Newton: Floerke 1-11.