Senior members of the 2016 Pawhuska High School football team concluded their gridiron careers with the Huskies in a Nov. 4 home game versus District 2A-1 foes, the Perry Maroon.
Following a 46-22 less to Perry, Pawhuska finished the campaign with a 2-7 overall record. The Huskies — under first-year head coach Joe Tillman — were 1-5 in district contests.
The PHS seniors included Ben Gray, Warren Graves, Tyler Wilson, Colton Hindman, Brycen Swan, Levi Youngwolfe, Daneal Parks, John Bighorse, Eli Redeagle, Caleb Bruce and Nathan Richardson. All 11 will now be moving on to their next-chosen sports. Gray, Hindman, Richardson, Wilson and Redeagle are hitting the basketball hardwoods, while Graves, Swan, Youngwolfe, Parks, Bighorse and Bruce are on the mat for wrestling.
Graves scored a 12 touchdowns on the year — seven on pass receptions, two rushing and three off returns (including one each via kickoff, fumble recovery and interception. In the finale, Graves intercepted a Maroon pass at the goalline and ran it back 100 yards.
Asked if he had recorded the senior’s time for the 100, PHS head track /assistant football coach Mark Frye said: “I expect him to be quite a bit faster in the spring. But, it was good enough, because nobody could catch him.”
Huskie quarterback Tyler Wilson threw for 10 scores and rushed for an additional four. The senior also returned a kickoff and an interception for scores. Senior slot receiver/cornerback Levi Youngwolfe and linebacker/wideout Ben Gray both notched pairs of long TDs, with Youngwolfe’s coming on a 89-yard interception return and an 80-yard run. Gray’s were on pass receptions of 65- and 78 yards.
Senior Caleb Bruce picked up tough yards as a runner/receiver and finished a phenomenal four years as the Huskies’ place kicker. John Bighorse started all 42 games and led the Huskies in tackles for a third straight season.
The seniors of the PHS cheer squad — Samantha Lookout, Laurel Culver, Riley Sell, Heather Conner and Madelyn Priest — are on their way to New York City, where they have been invited to take part in Thursday’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. During the past year, the senior cheerleaders were involved in numerous fundraisers to pay for the trip.