Two home games and two wins for the Hays High Indians as they beat McPherson 37-23 on Friday night at Lewis Field Stadium.
Hays jumped to a 17-0 lead after the first quarter on a six yard touchdown run by Preston Weigel followed one play later by a touchdown on a pick six by Clayton Riedel. For Riedel it is interception number three on the year. Lane Clark kicked a 37 yard field goal to round out the scoring.
But like the previous week, Hays allowed their opponent back into the game. McPherson scored their first touchdown at the 8:59 mark of the second quarter on a Ty Hart ten yard run. Just 52 seconds later after a fumble on the kick-off return by Hays, Kyler Kinnamon scored from 24 yards out making the score 17-14.
Hays would respond with ten unanswered points to close the half on an Alex Delton touchdown pass to Hayden Kruetzer and a Lane Clark 36 yard field goal as time expired giving Hays a 27-14 lead.
McPherson opened the second half with a drive to the Hays High two yard line, but turned the ball over on down. After a Hays punt, the Bullpups again drove inside the ten but had to settle for a field goal and a 27-17 deficit after three quarters.
Preston Weigel scored on the next possession early in the fourth quarter on a 60 yard run putting Hays High up for good.
McPherson did score again but took almost six minutes to do so getting within 34-23. Ethan Deterding picked off a deflected pass on the next possession to squelch any Bullpup comeback.
Lane Clark finished the scoring with a 31 yard field goal for the 37-23 margin.
Preston Weigel ran for 150 yards on 18 carries. 115 of those yards came in the fourth quarter. Alex Delton ran for 116 yards and threw for 140 on 11 of 21 passing.
McPherson out gained Hays 438 to 411.
Hays is now 2-0, McPherson drops to 1-1. The Indians head on the road to Liberal next Friday in defense of their WAC title from 2012.
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