Posted On: 10/4/20 8:10 AM


TOPEKA— Both teams had only two days to prepare for Friday night, and it turned out to be one of the top games to watch. McPherson High School, a class 4A team, went to toe-to-toe against a De Soto High School, a Class 5A powerhouse, at Washburn Rural High school in Topeka.

While the Bullpups put up a valiant effort to take down last year’s state runnerup, DeSoto left Topeka victorious, defeating the Bullpups 41-35. On paper, DeSoto looked like the better opponent as McPherson came in as the underdog. One thing for sure, despite taking the loss, the Bullpups made their mark from the start of the opening drive when quarterback Dylan Rinker connected with Aaron PowellAaronPowell5'11" | WRMcPherson | 2021StateKS on a 16-yard touchdown play.

Yet, it didn’t take too long for De Soto to respond back and capture the lead in its first two-possession, 14-7. Next thing you know, it was 28-14 at halftime. McPherson had to play catchup the rest of the second half, but the defense had no answer for DeSoto’s dynamic quarterback Jackson MillerJacksonMiller6'2" | QBDeSoto | 2021StateKS, who single handily put up 329 total yards on offense.  Bullpups had no answer in stopping De Soto’s triple

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