For the Pawhuska Huskies, things went south — again — in the “Battle of the Osage.”
Hominy’s Bucks won the county/Rez football rivalry for the fourth straight year Friday, delivering a 47-9 homecoming night defeat at Ormand Beach Memorial Stadium.
The Huskies managed to keep the score close for nearly three quarters before finally wearing down. During the final 15 minutes, the Bucks wore them out. The visitors had already dampened PHS’s Homecoming spirit and then they tried to drown it.
Hominy quarterback Zaven Collins threw touchdown passes of 19, 28 and 40 yards and also ran for three scores — from 4, 26 and 60 yards out. The 6-4, 220-pound senior racked up 190 passing yards and accounted for 141 of the 247 yards the Bucks gained on the ground. Collins’ rushing TDs all came in a three-minute span of the late third/early fourth quarters. after Pawhuska made it an 11-point contest — 20-9 — with an 86-yard kickoff return by Warren Graves.
The game remained scoreless until the final minute of the opening period when Collins connected twice for points through the air. With 1:24 left in the session, the Hominy QB hit senior Colt Wilson at the back of the end zone from 19 yards out. The TD strike came on a fourth-down-and-long situation to cap a 15-play, 88-yard drive.
Seconds later, a Pawhuska fumble gave the ball back to the Bucks and Collins immediately hooked up with senior Kolten Reed for a 28-yard TD. The extra-point kick by Sergio Mendez put the Bucks up by 14 with 18 ticks left in the quarter.
The Huskies then launched an 8 1/2-minute drive that included five third- and fourth-down pickups. Scrambling senior QB Tyler Wilson made throws on the run to Nathan Richardson (twice) and Brian Jeffers to keep the series alive. Three minutes before halftime, Caleb Bruce kicked a 36-yard field goal, with plenty of boot to spare, to get the home team on the board.
Midway through the third quarter, Hominy senior running back Tanner McElyea capped a nine-play, 48-yard Hominy drive with a 1-yard TD plunge that put the Bucks 17 points up, 20-3. Pawhuska senior Graves fielded the kickoff that followed on a hop at the 14-yard line, headed straight up the field to near the 30 and exploded through an opening en rapid route to the Huskies’ lone touchdown. PHS missed the point-after kick — possibly because the holder (Graves) was still gasping from the long run.
The Bucks responded with a nine-play TD drive, with Collins scoring from four yards out with 1:10 left in the third. Following a successful onside kick, Collins’ galloped to a 26-yard TD on the last play of the quarter, making it a 33-9 contest. Early in the fourth period, Reed caused the Huskies to lose a second fumble before Collins streaked 60 yards for another TD. Three minutes later, Collins went back to the air for his final TD — a 40-yarder to Mendez, who completed the scoring by kicking his fifth extra point.
Collins ran 16 times and completed eight of 15 pass attempts. Reed finished with five receptions for 112 yards. Two Buck QB’s passes were intercepted. One by Graves came at the goal line and halted a late second-quarter drive. Senior Ben Gray picked the other with nine minutes to play and returned it 30-plus yards to midfield.
PHS signal-caller Wilson completed nine of 16 passes for 76 yards. Four different Huskies shared the pass receptions — Graves caught two passes good for 22 yards, Bruce had two for 20, Richardson two for 18 and Jeffers, three for 16.
Jeffers topped Pawhuska rushers with 38 yards in 13 carries. For Hominy, McElyea gained 80 yards in 15 carroes.