McPherson High School football has had a lot of recent success as it has been knocking on the door of getting to a state football championship game. In facet the Pups and head coach Jace Pavlovich have been in the semifinals the last three seasons and still have their goals on getting to the championship game, maybe 2020 is the year?
The Bullpups lost highly regarded linebacker Mason Thrash and KSU signee Cody Stufflbean from last season but do return five starters on each side of the football. One of those key starters is senior two-time first team all-league offensive lineman Jonah Scott.
Scott may be a player you don’t know a lot about yet but he is one of the top 4A offensive lineman in the state after leading the way the last two seasons as a sophomore and junior. Scott, who stands 6-foot-1 and 260-pounds is a force up front with his aggressive play and very-good footwork. He also has a very-high football IQ and can play every spot on the offensive line. He figures to play center this year after playing guard the last two seasons. That’s probably because he has a 4.5 weighted GPA in the classroom. He was also a Sports in Kansas Non-Senior pick last season as a junior.
Scott is also very explosive in the weight room with a 400 squat and has a 5.1 40-time. He shows his athleticism in the winter as a heavyweight state wrestling qualifier.
It’s much more than football for Scott but he does want to play at the next level but pushes himself as hard in the classroom. He plans on playing at the next level and wants to get an accounting degree to work towards aa CPA then Law School where he can became a tax attorney.
Mac also plans on having huge years from Brycen Labertew, Aaron Powell, Jayton Alexander, Dylan Rinker, Blade Anderson, Branston Bailey, Trey Buckbee and Aiden Hoover. McPherson has also added a very highly regarded junior transfer that could figure on both sides of the ball in Javyn Hill (6'4" 245 TE/DE).
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Q&A w/ Scott
How did you get involved in football?
I’ve always been a big physical kid and enjoyed watching football. My parents signed me up for tackle football in first grade and I’ve been playing ever since.
What are your goals this season?
Our goal is to win the State Championship. Individually, my goal is to help my team in any way I can.
Do you guys have a shot to make a run this year?
Yes we do.
What makes you such a force as a player?
I am aggressive, have very good feet, I know what to do for every offensive line position, and I can take up a gap at defensive line.
What’s the atmosphere like to play football on Friday night for your school and town?
There is no better feeling. The stands are packed every week for both home and away games. Our fans travel well and offer great support.
For anyone that hasn’t seen one of your games, why come to one?
The atmosphere is amazing. This McPherson team is going to be a very fun one to watch this season.
Who are other key players on your team?
Every player is a key player but look for these players to have standout seasons: Brycen Labertew (LB), Aaron Powell (WR), Jayton Alexander (FS), and Dylan Rinker (QB), Blade Anderson (OL), Braxton Bailey (OL), and Aiden Hoover (RB).
Favorite thing about football?
The physicality and the brotherhood that is formed with your teammates.
Do you play any other sports, tell us about that, what other positions do you play?
I wrestled and was a 5A state qualifier my junior year. In football I am mainly an offensive lineman but I also play defensive line as well.
What is it like to play for your coach?
Electric. Our coaches teach us life lessons, while we enjoy and learn many aspects of the game.
What did you and the team do in the off-season to become better?
We worked hard in the weight room. We practiced our technique as well as our plays.
What interest are you seeing at the next level and what are your plans?
I’ve attended numerous virtual rising senior days. Colleges ranging from NAIA to Division I have shown interest in me. Academically, I am interested in pursuing an Accounting degree to work towards a CPA then Law School to become a Tax attorney.
Favorite thing to do when you aren’t playing sports?
My favorite things to do when I’m not playing sports is to play medicine ball volleyball, basketball, golf, and have Taco Tuesdays with the boys.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Steady job, starting a family, and somewhere north of Kansas.
Favorite subject in school, what type of student are you, GPA?
My favorite subject in school is history. I am a good student with a 3.9 unweighted and a 4.5 weighted GPA. I try to push myself in the classroom as hard as I push myself on the field.
Who is your role model?
On the field it’s Quenton Nelson because he is the best and most aggressive offensive lineman in the NFL. I’m very fortunate to have many people I can look to as role models including parents, family, and coaches.
Best place to eat in your town or the surrounding area?
The best place to eat in my town is Ristorante Italiano di Famiglia and Dough Co. Donuts.
One thing the average person wouldn’t know about you?
I’m a history buff and a space nerd.
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