Quarterback Joel Piper felt the connection with Christian Ulsaker and the rest of McPherson's receivers. He took advantage of it in the season opener against Goddard.
Piper threw two touchdowns and was 21 of 27 for 324 yards in McPherson's 40-17 victory Friday night.
Piper was 6 of 6 for 64 yards on McPherson's first drive and Kevin O'Connor ran it in from eight yards to give McPherson a 7-0 lead.
A 49-yard completion on its next drive set McPherson's Seth Davenport up for his twoyard touchdown run and a 14-0 lead while Goddard was trying to find anything positive on offense.
“Joel threw the ball well and we have some receivers that can really catch it, and our protection was pretty good most of the night,” McPherson coach Tom Young said.
A Davenport fumble at the goal line saved Goddard from a three-score deficit. Goddard had 41 yards on its first three drives.
“We were really trying to get our passing game going first and we just had miscues at times with dropped balls and interceptions,” Goddard coach Roger Robben said. “We just didn't get things done that we needed to do to successfully convert third downs and keep drives alive.”
Piper ended the first half with a touchdown pass to Treg Fawl and McPherson led 27-0. Ulsaker had six receptions for 114 yards in the half.
“These were my receivers last year, we kind of just have that connection and it just works out,” Piper said. “I told them that we had to keep going because they're not going to stop, either.”
Goddard's Cameron Fisher threw two interceptions in the third quarter and a third in the fourth quarter as Goddard was still looking for offense while Piper continued to lead the Bullpups with a 31-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Hart.
Goddard scored late with a touchdown pass to Tyler Hilton from Fisher and an 86-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Triplett from backup quarterback Tyler Matthews.