Phoenix staff report
MCPHERSON, Kan. – Bacone’s Chase Rettig intercepted a Jordan Hoffman pass in the first overtime to seal the Warriors’ 37-31 season-opening win on Saturday.
The Warriors had the first possession of OT and on the first play, Kyle Kuban hit David Chapman for a 25-yard strike to give the Warriors the 37-31 lead.
When McPherson had its possession, the Bacone defense tightened, holding the Bulldogs to no yards on three plays, forcing Hoffman’s errant pass on fourth down.
The Bulldogs jumped out of the gate early when Gerald Hardridge rumbled his way to a four-yard touchdown; the scored capped a four-play, 15-yard drive as they led 7-0 with12:24 in the first quarter.
McPherson tacked on more points when Jordan Hoffman hit Paul Rotering for a 39-yard pass as the Bulldogs grabbed a 14-0 lead late in the first quarter.
The Warriors answered when backup quarterback Karl Birkenfield scored on a one-yard keeper to trim the lead to 14-6; Bacone kept their momentum rolling when Nick Cannon knocked in a 41-yard field goal to make it 14-9 with 12:48 in the 2nd quarter.
However, the Bulldogs carried the momentum into halftime when David Anderson blocked Bacone punter Chad Ducharme and returned it 20-yards for touchdown to take a 21-9 lead into intermission.
In the third quarter Roderick Mackey scored on a nine-yard run for the Warriors courtesy of a fumble recovery by defensive lineman Deantre Harlan to trail 21-16.
Following a stop on defense, Kuban hooked up with David Chapman for an 83-yard touchdown. Kuban would hit Jamaal Surrell for the two-point conversion as the Warriors would grab the 24-21 lead with 5:15left in the 3rd quarter.
On the next drive, Kuban led Bacone on a 10-play, 80-yard drive which ended with him hitting Surrell on a 17-yard touchdown to increase their lead to 31-21 late in the third quarter.
Kuban finished the game completing 18 of 37 passes for 306 yards and three touchdowns Chapman was the main target for Kuban, hauling in six passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns.