Pictured above: The football defensive line stands along the 20-yard line ready to defend their turf against the Bulldogs. (Photography by Chris Campbell/Staff Reporter)
By Chandler Hall
The Moundbuilders (1-3, 1-1 KCAC) convincingly defeated the McPherson Bulldogs (1-2, 0-2 KCAC) Saturday at home, scoring 45 points and holding the Bulldogs to 17.
The Bulldogs gained a quick lead in the first quarter scoring with 8:53 on the clock to make it 7-0. Southwestern would answer with a 30-yard rushing touchdown from senior running-back Silas Jefferson to make it 7-7.
The offense for Southwestern opened up in the second quarter adding a field goal and two touchdowns.
“Our offense set the tone for us,” said Micah Mebane, sophomore defensive end. “The run game went well and opened up the passing game. Our receivers went out and made big catches for us.”
Southwestern went into halftime leading the Bulldogs 24-10.
Southwestern tacked on three more touchdowns through the third and fourth quarters.
The Moundbuilders had a total of 271 passing yards with one passing touchdown, adding 158 yards on the ground and 5 rushing touchdowns. They also had one field goal from Mario Esparza, Senior kicker and punter.
Keyshawn Wyatt, freshman running back, led the running game with 75 yards and two touchdowns on ten carries.
Junior quarterback, Christian Gordon, threw for one touchdown and 254 yards, completing 22 of his 33 pass attempts and rushing for one touchdown. Gordon said, “We had a great game plan. They did exactly what we thought they would do. We just took advantage of their weak corners as well.”
Josh Lewis, sophomore wide receiver lead the receiving with 82 yards on six receptions.
Head Coach Brad Griffin said, “Offensively we did a good job of being efficient. We ran and threw the ball well and stayed balanced. We kept them from keying in on one thing or the other. Defensively, we had to make a few adjustments. We kept receivers from getting behind us and kept their quarterback somewhat contained. He’s one of the better athletes in our conference. Overall we were able to keep him from hurting us too much.”
“The secondary did a good job of limiting the pass attack and the defensive line kept the Quarterback from scrambling too much,” said Mebane. “The home win gives us momentum and were going to take it one week at a time.”
Gordon said, “ Now that the youngsters have the taste of winning, we need to go out hungry every game knowing we can win.”
Next up, Southwestern will take on Kansas Wesleyan at 6:00 p.m., sept. 30, at home in Richard L. Jantz Stadium.
Griffin said, “Nothing is going to change. We’re going to do the same thing we always do. Repetition is a good thing when you get to this part of the season, as far as repeating what you were doing before. If there was something that was broken, we try to fix it. We’re a hard hat type of mentality, so we’re just going to go to work just like we would any other week. They’re a good team, so we’ll watch the film and put together a game plan we think is good.”
Chandler Hall is a sophomore majoring in communication. You may email him at Chandler.Hall@sckans.edu.