HOMINY — Injuries continued to mount Friday night for the Pawhuska High School football team. The Huskies lost senior Brian Jeffers to an ankle sprain in the first half against the Hominy Bucks. The Bucks used a combination of drives and big plays to send Pawhuska to its fourth straight loss, 36-0.
The Huskies (0-4) had lost Jeffers, starting running back, on offense because of a broken hand which was heavily wrapped against the Bucks. He sprained his ankle in the first half, and spent the rest of the game on the sidelines with ice on it. Jeffers broke his hand on Sept. 8th game against Dewey.
“Injuries have really taken their toll on us,” Coach Joe Tillman said after the Hominy game. “We are young, thin. It seems like we’re getting older but thinner. It was tough tonight."
Cade McNeil, who had started at quarterback in the Huskies first three games, was sideline for the Hominy game. He was on crutches on the sideline after tearing ligaments in his ankle against Dewey.
Sophomore Tre Harper made his first start as quarterback, and Pawhuska tried a wildcat set with tailback Hunter Reed in the quarterback for a few plays.
The Huskies offense couldn’t get untracked against the Bucks. Pawhuska had just one first down in the game and 23 yards of offense. Harper had the Huskies longest run — 11 yards — which produced the first down. He was the Huskies leading rusher with 22 yards on 10 carries. He didn’t complete any of his five pass attempts and was picked off twice. One of the interceptions was returned for a Hominy touchdown.
“We’ve got a young quarterback in there right now, and the lights are pretty bright for him,” Tillman said. “We are still trying to develop some identity in the offensive backfield and offensive line."
Hominy (1-1) scored 16 points in the first quarter, 14 in the second and 6 in the third.
Cliffy Hayes was responsible for both of the Bucks' first-quarter touchdowns. He rushed for an 18-yard TD, and scored on a 25-yard interception return.
Hominy scored on eight and nine play drives in the second quarter. Ryan Tilley caught an 11-yard touchdown pass and Hayes scored on a 10-yard run.
In the third quarter, Hominy quarterback Blake Hipp connected with wideout Peyton Unup on a 40-yard scoring pass.
Pawhuska has a bye week, and won’t play again until the district opener Sept. 29 against Tonkawa at Ormand Beach Memorial Stadium.