For the second week in a row, the Pawhuska High School football team will find itself in a Thursday night district dogfight at Ormand Beach Memorial Stadium — where the Huskies are still in search of their first home triumph of 2016.
The PHS squad is to be facing another dangerous district opponent: the Alva Goldbugs. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m.
Alva — which reached last year’s playoffs by finishing fourth in District 2A-1 — started the season with four consecutive victories. After opening the campaign with a win, 27-22, at Class 3A Blackwell, the Goldbugs added decisions against A-Class Thomas-Fay-Custer (42-0) and at Oklahoma Bible (22-7) before beating 2A Fairview, 28-20.
Since kicking off its district slate three weeks ago, Alva has lost three straight — 22-42 at Hennessey, 24-29 versus Chishom and, last Friday, 27-24, against visiting Perry.
Coach Joe Tillman knew the Huskies would be taking on a dangerous Hennessey squad last week.
“Any time you’re up against a team from that kind of winning program and they’re just 1-and-5 or 2-and-5, you know you’re treading on pretty thin ice,” the PHS head coach said.
This week’s opponent will come to town hungry for a first district victory. Alva boasts a roster filled with versatile athletes. The Goldbugs have a veteran defensive unit that will not be easy to score points against.
“They have a lot of juniors and seniors who went to the playoffs last year,” Tillman said. “It’s not likely that they won’t win any district games.”
Pawhuska will again be missing several top players due to injuries. Running back/linebacker Brian Jeffers, wideout/defensive back Nathan Richardson, two-way lineman Kienan Cheves and defensive lineman Rocky Murray are expected to all remain sidelined. Linebacker/receiver Ben Gray, who was shaken up at the end of last week’s game with Hennessey, practiced with a taped knee on Monday.