Pawhuska gave Alva all it could muster Thursday, but could not prevent the visiting Goldbugs from leaving Ormand Beach Stadium with their first District 2A-1 football victory of the season, 68-21.
After the Huskies stopped the visitors on their first two offensive series, the Goldbugs scored touchdowns off their last four possessions in the opening half and on all six of its second-half opportunities.
PHS quarterback Tyler Wilson passed for 253 yards, with most of that coming on three touchdown passes. Early in the second quarter, he hooked up with Ben Gray on a 78-yard score that cut the Alva lead to 20-7. Wilson also connected with Warren Graves for second-half scores of 58 and 75 yards.
On the game’s first series, Wilson — playing safety — intercepted a pass (off his own deflection) at the Pawhuska 32-yard line. After forcing the Huskies to punt, the Goldbugs moved to the PHS 11 before being held on downs by the Huskies’ defense.
The contest remained scoreless for nearly nine minutes before the visitors went up by six with a 33-yard draw play. A second rushing TD put the Goldbugs in front, 14-0, with 1:08 left in the first quarter. Alva soon increased that lead to 20 by passing for a score.
Two minutes into the second quarter, Pawhuska got on the board when senior Ben Gray took a pass from quarterback Tyler Wilson for a 78-yard touchdown. Caleb Bruce kicked the extra point, making it 20-7. Alva expanded its advantage, to 26-7, prior to the break.
In the second half, the Goldbugs reached the end zone every time they had the ball. Alva led, 40-7, midway through the third quarter when Wilson dumped a short pass to tailback Graves that resulted in the Huskies’ second touchdown.
PHS trailed by 40 (54-13) when Wilson uncorked his third long aerial TD of the night. The pass was heading toward Gray along the sideline before being snatched away near midfield by Graves, who sped on unhindered to the end zone. Graves also ran for the conversion.
Davion Murrow finished with four TDs for the Goldbugs, while Hayden Colwell and Chase Jones both scored twice. Alva (5-3, 1-3) snapped a three-game district losing streak. Pawhuska fell to 2-5 overall and 1-3 in district.
Seven of the Goldbug touchdowns were from running plays, while one came via a pass and two off short punt returns. The visitors racked up 23 first downs — 20 on rushing plays and three with passes.
Pawhuska had seven first downs, three on the TD passes and three off runs by Wilson, Graves and Bruce on a second-quarter drive that ended with a turnover on downs at the Alva 25. A 20-yard Wilson pass to Gray two minutes before halftime accounted for the other.
GOLDBUGS 68, HUSKIES 21
Alva: 14 - 12 - 14 - 28 — 68
Pawhuska: 0 - 7 - 6 - 8 — 21
A — Austin Shklar 33-yd run (pass failed), 3:18.
A — Davion Murrow 30-yd run (Shklar run), 1:08.
A — Hayden Colwell 45-yd pass from Mitchell Meyer (pass failed), 11:16.
P — Ben Gray 78-yd pass from Tyler Wilson (Caleb Bruce kick), 10:34.
A — Murrow 11-yd run (run failed), 7:08.
A — Chase Jones 12-yd run (Meyer pass to Morrow), 8:25.
A — Colwell 35-yd punt return (pass failed), 6:40.
P — Warren Graves 58-yd pass from Wilson (run failed), 5:32.
A — Murrow 11-yd run (pass failed), 10:06.
A — Murrow 10-yd punt return (Jones run), 7:18.
P — Graves 75-yd pass from Wilson (Graves run), 5:58.
A — Jones 43-yd run (pass failed), 3:50.
A — Caleb Chapman 21-yd run (Bentley Tomberlin run), 1:14.
First downs: A 23, P 7.
Rushes-yds: A 44-375, P 19-17.
Passing yds: A 75, P 154.
Comp-Att-Int: A 4-10-1, P 9-19-0.
Fumbles lost: H 0, P 2.
Return yds: A 75, P 66.
Punts-avg: A 1-38, P 5-22.
Penalties-yds: A 5-40, P 4-16.
Possession time: A 26:52, P 21:08
Pawhuska: Caleb Bruce 6 carries 24 yds, Warren Graves 7-8, Tyler Wilson 6-minus 15. Alva: Austin Shklar 13 carries for 100 yds with 1 TD, Davion Murrow 13-98-3 TDs, Chase Jones 7-89-2 TDs, Mitchell Meyer 10-67 Caleb Chapman 1-21-1 TD.
Pawhuska: Tyler Wilson 9 completions in 19 attempts for 253 yards and 3 TDs. Alva: Mitchell Meyer 4 completions in 10 attempts for 75 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception.
Pawhuska: Caleb Bruce 5 catches for 22 yards, Warren Graves 2-133-2 TDs, Ben Gray 2-98-1 TD. Alva: Hayden Colwell 3 catches for 69 yards, Davion Murrow 1-6.
Pawhuska: none. Alva: Grant Ritter 11:10 of third period at P32; Dalton Hess 2:48 fourth quarter at P16.
Pawhuska — Tyler Wilson, 10:49 first quarter at P32.