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Last night's football game was a family affair.
Our grandson Tyler played his first game at his new school last night as the starting quarterback and he was remarkable. Tyler threw 5 touchdown passes and his team won the game by a large margin.
There are some really neat things about this game that won't make headline news, but that I am very happy about anyway. First, we got to listen to the whole game via KBBE 96.7, in McPherson, Kansas. We were sitting on our front porch with Grandma Darlene, listening to the announcers get so excited about Tyler and his teammates. I was texting Mother Jennifer (who took all the photos below) and Aunt Shanna in Washington. Shanna and John soon turned the game on at their house, so we were all involved. Cary called Randy everytime Tyler threw another touchdown pass, which seemed like every 5 minutes; driving Randy crazy. It was so fun!
Another highlight is that Jennifer's grandmother, who lives in Oregon, was there to watch the game too. She had not seen the kids for a long time, and I can only imagine how she was bursting with pride over everything she was getting to see in person last night.
them and I think Cary feels the same way.
(Even though I have only known them for 7 years!)
From the Wichita Eagle Website:
McPherson beats Andover behind Tyler Matthews' five passing TDs
Not until the second half of the season did Matthews find the field, and he wound up throwing for more than 1,000 yards.
When his dad took a job in McPherson after football season, Matthews transferred and began studying coach Tom Young's playbook, in anticipation of becoming the Bullpups' quarterback.
After throwing for 296 yards, five touchdowns and completing 85 percent of his passes (17 of 20) in McPherson's 52-27 victory over Andover on Friday night, Matthews better get ready to hear the comparisons with Joel Piper, last year’s quarterback who has moved on to Butler Community College.
"Coach Young is a great coach and we have a good group of guys and this is a good start to what I think is going to be a good year," Matthews said. "We were just clicking tonight and the line blocked, the receivers got openæ.æ.æ. everything was perfect."
Matthews' primary targets, Nick Gawanda and Christian Ulsaker, benefited greatly from Matthews' quick delivery.
Often times the Bullpups’ standout receivers hadn't even turned their heads on their routes and the ball was already there.
Gawanda finished with five catches for 118 yards and three touchdowns, while Ulsaker had eight receptions for 108 yards and a score.
"I compare him a lot to Joel (Piper)," Ulsaker said. "Tyler's ball jumps the last 10 yards and that's something we didn't have last year."
To make matters worse for opponents, McPherson has a lethal running game too.
Kevin O'Connor ran for 132 yards and two touchdowns and also caught a shovel pass from Matthews and ran it in from 44 yards.
"We were pretty sharp, and in fact, I was surprised how well we executed," Young said. "We've got pretty good balance and we're fortunate to have that talent."
The sight was all too familiar for Andover coach Mike Lee.
One year ago his team lost by the exact score at Buhler, and just like Friday night, gave up yard after yard.
"I don't think any team can match up with McPherson," Lee said. "That is a very, very good team."
The Trojans appeared to have something going in the early stages of the game. Ben Croitoru ran the first play from scrimmage 67 yards for a touchdown, and then the Trojans added a receiving touchdown from Caleb Windholz early in the second quarter to take a 14-12 lead.
The Bullpups responded by scoring touchdowns on six of their next seven series.
To make matters even worse for the Trojans, Croitoru, who rushed for 1,490 yards last season, left the game with a knee injury.
"I'm going to try and be an optimist about it, but it doesn't look good," Lee said. "We are already starting to think where we go from here."
From The McPherson Sentinel Website:
This just in -- the new kid isn’t too shabby.
There was much curiosity here Friday night surrounding the debut of McPherson High junior quarterback Tyler Matthews, a transfer from Goddard who was stepping into the oversized shoes of Shrine Bowler Joel Piper.
Talk about your first impressions. All Matthews did before an overflow McPherson Stadium crowd was pierce a good Andover team for 304 yards and five touchdowns to key a 52-27 victory. Matthews was 10 of 13 for 210 yards and four touchdowns in the first half alone, as MHS shook off a couple of early deficits to lead 25-14, then added 20 points in the third quarter to break it open.
“Well, maybe not quite that good,” MHS coach Tom Young said when asked if he thought Matthews would be that good. “He really played well. Of course our receivers really caught the ball well and we protected well for most of the time.”
“A lot of the 7-on-7 stuff you have in the summer anymore is huge,” Young said. “It gives you an advantage to work on the passing game.”
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