The 2018 Pawhuska Huskies football team held an enthusiastic, albeit storm-shortened, first spring practice Monday and new coach Matt Hennesy urged his players to strive for precision.


“It’s OK not to do it perfect right now, but next time do it right,” Hennesy said during a team gathering held in between portions of the practice. The event, promoted as the beginning of a new era of Pawhuska football, was open to the public and was scheduled for 7-9 p.m.


About 8:15 p.m., however, the onset of stormy spring weather following a relatively hot day brought an end to things. The Huskies did, however, manage an upbeat, energetic opening to spring ball. They will be holding drills through May 25, and a varsity team camp is slated for May 29-30.


Hennesy’s first Pawhuska team will find itself playing in a tough 1A District 5 along with teams such as Morrison, Barnsdall and Hominy. District 5 is one of just two 9-team districts among the eight districts that have been approved for the fall 2018.


The Huskies will open at home against Kellyville on Aug. 24 and will play their first road game Aug. 31 at Oklahoma Union. Then they’ll hit the road again Sept. 7 for a visit to Woodland, and that will mark the beginning of an eight-game stretch of district contests.