Mulvane had no problem matching McPherson touchdown for touchdown.
Matching them on extra points was a different story, and it cost the Wildcats in their 35-30 loss on Friday. Mulvane dropped to 5-1.
Mulvane scored five touchdowns, the same as McPherson, but instead of going for the extra point each time, they tried a 2-point conversion, failing on each attempt.
“I want to take full responsibility there,” Mulvane coach Dave Fennewald said. “Ty (Redington) is our extra-point kicker and he couldn’t kick because of that ankle sprain. During the week we went 0-for-10 on PATs, and I had no confidence there. That’s on me to find a sub. I should have done that earlier in the week.”
Instead of being tied, Mulvane trailed 35-30 with less than one minute to play and had the ball deep in McPherson territory.
Redington’s final pass was intercepted by McPherson’s Tanner Hamilton to seal it for the Bullpups.
“Defensively we struggled a little bit at times,” McPherson coach Tom Young said, “but they hung in there and came way with the big play at the end.”
Big plays came on offense as well for McPherson.
Senior Keaton Sorenson came up with two amazing grabs. The first, a 45-yarder, was the best of the two, where the 6-foot-4-inch wide receiver out-jumped his defender to make a one-handed grab and run for a touchdown.
“In practice we mess around and try to get good with one hand,” Sorenson said. “I was in the heat of the moment. I just go for the ball, do what I’m told.”
McPherson built a 35-18 lead midway through the third quarter before Mulvane made a run.
Senior Cole Williams broke lose for a 65-yard touchdown run, the only play of the Wildcats’ drive, and followed that on the next possession with a 22-yard touchdown run.
“It seemed like we had to drag ourselves, keep going,” Sorenson said. “I don’t know if we lost our mentality. They played better, they really did.”
MV—Evans 4 pass from Redington (conversion failed)
MC—Sorenson 6 pass from Houghton (Houghton kick)
MC—Sorenson 45 pass from Houghton (Houghton kick)
MV—Smith 15 pass from Redington (conversion failed)
MC—Sorenson 60 pass from Kinnamon (Houghton kick)
MC—Houghton 48 pass from Kinnamon (Houghton kick)
MV—Evans 8 pass from Redington (conversion failed)
MC—Kinnamon 66 run (Houghton kick)
MV—Williams 65 run (conversion failed)
MV—Williams 22 run (conversion failed)
Rushing—McPherson, O’Bannon 25-117, Kinnamon 7-97, Houghton 1-8, Clark 1-(-2); Mulvane, Williams 10-140, Evans 5-76, Rieger 10-34, Redington 4-5
Passing—McPherson, Kinnamon 8-16-177-2, Houghton 9-14-139-2; Mulvane, Redington 29-46-318-3
Receiving—McPherson, Sorenson 5-131, Houghton 5-97, Kinnamon 4-71, Bahr 3-17; Mulvane, Evans 10-123, Smith 11-91, Williams 3-29, Dempsey 2-18, Bell 1-18