Moudbuilder football took to the road Saturday to take on McPherson College in a week seven matchup of two KCAC teams. The Bulldogs came into the matchup 2-3 overall and 2-2 in KCAC play. The Moundbuilders came into the game putting their winning streak of three games on the line with a 3-2 overall record and 3-1 in KCAC play. Prior to the meeting, the Builders defeated conference foes Tabor, Bethany, and 25th ranked Bethel at the time.
To start off the game, Southwestern deferred to receive the ball at the half and McPherson started the game off with the ball on their own 25-yard line but didn’t do much with it, going three and out on a drive of three plays for 4 yards total.
After a quick drive by the Bulldogs, the first drive of the day for the Builders was productive as the offense started at their own 45-yard line. The Builders were given their first opportunity to make a statement on the road, and they did. Yizalle Whitfield was given the start under center for the day and the Builders marched down the field for a total of seven plays for 55 yards ending in a 6-yard running touchdown run by Whitfield to give the Builders the first lead of the day.
After the score by the Builders the next two drives by both teams resulted in three and outs.
The Bulldogs, with a drive that started with 1:07 left to go in the first quarter and put together a drive that resulted in a missed field goal attempt for 11 plays for 51 yards. The attempted field goal by the Bulldogs was the first attempt of obtaining points for McPherson.
With the Builders defense doing a pretty good job throughout the second quarter, the Bulldogs for the 1st half could only muster a total of three points courtesy of a field goal into halftime.
With Southwestern winning the toss to start the game they chose to receive the ball at the start of the second half.
The third quarter consisted of good defensive play by both teams. The song of the third quarter was the ability to be able to keep both hands on the ball as both teams combined for three fumbles in the third quarter. Both teams ended the 3rd quarter with amounting to no points for the quarter.
Being down 7-3 starting the second quarter McPherson jumped out ahead of Southwestern with a touchdown with an Ed Crouch pass to Ben Nikkel with 13:27 left. With the Builders next possession, they accumulated a touchdown drive of ten plays for 46 yards to take the lead 13-7 but failed to convert on the two-point conversion.
After the score from Southwestern, the special team’s unit for the Builders recovered a fumble on the kickoff to the Bulldogs by Kerry Coleman with 8:01 left in the fourth quarter. The offense, being up 13-9, was given back the ball with an excellent fumble recovery by Coleman. With receiving the ball back, the Builders didn’t do much to help themselves and ended up turning the ball over by way of an interception.
McPherson creating the turnover went down the field with 3:18 left in the game to score and gain the lead back with a score of 16-13. McPherson ended up winning the game with a final score of 16-13.
The Builders host 4th ranked Kansas Wesleyan Saturday, Oct. 13 at 1 pm at Richard Jantz Stadium.