Newkirk took the opening kickoff and drove to the Pawhuska 1-yard line before the Huskies recovered a fumble and Brian Jeffers raced to an apparent touchdown. The touchdown run was called back because an illegal procedure call had stopped play prior to the snap.
Four plays later, Tigers quarterback Colby Case connected with receiver Daniel Romero on a 14-yard touchdown pass. Romero’s point-after touchdown kick failed. Newkirk led 6-0 with 7:56 gone in the first quarter.
Newkirk (4-2, 2-1) would score 34 more points and spoil Pawhuska’s homecoming with a 40-0 victory.
Case found running back Dominic Monhatwa for the Tigers second first-quarter score. The catch and run covered 62 yards. A 2-pint conversion pass failed. After 1 quarter, the score was 12-0.
Newkirk running back Laike Wilhelm rushed for the rest of the Tiger’s TDs. He scored on runs of 4, 3, 14 and 4 yards. Wilhelm was the game’s leading rusher with 147 yards on 18 carries. The Tigers finished with 235 yards rushing, 132 passing yards and 10 return yards for 377 yards of total offense. Case completed six of eight attempts for 119 yards and the two scores.
The fumble recovery for an apparent touchdown was the only time the Huskies came close to Newkirk’s end zone. Pawhuska’s offense accounted for 54 rushing yards on 21 carries, and had two pass completions for 19 yards. The Huskies didn’t record a first down until the fourth quarter.
R.J. McCann was the leading rusher with 38 yards on three carries. McCann played quarterback in the fourth quarter. Jeffers carried the ball 15 for 23 yards.
Prior to the game, Pawhuska High School held its homecoming coronation. PHS senior Blue Starr crowned Sidney Walker as homecoming queen.
Pawhuska (0-6, 0-2) travels to Hennessey for a 7 p.m. Thursday contest. Hennessey (1-6, 1-2) picked up its first win Friday, beating Perry, 21-14.