The Pawhuska Huskies football team savored the sweet taste of victory Friday night, beating Oklahoma Union 36-8. It was Pawhuska’s first gridiron victory in more than a season.


The win evened Pawhuska’s 2018 season record at 1-1, and it marked the program’s first win under new coach Matt Hennesy.


“I was proud of the way they played,” Hennesy said. “They limited some of the mistakes we made the week before.”


Hennesy said players of the week for the Oklahoma Union game included Price Perrier on defense, Dylan Doyal on offense and Cade McNeil on special teams.


Perrier was the team tackle leader Friday with 18. Doyal, a sophomore offensive and defensive lineman, had a good night on both sides of the ball. In addition to being the offensive player of the week, he recorded a dozen tackles on defense. McNeil was another player who had a good week in more than one area. In addition to being chosen special teams player of the week, he snagged four receptions for 91 yards and a touchdown for the Huskies.


This Friday, the Huskies will be on the road again, against the 1-1 Woodland Cougars. Hennesy said that what he has seen of Woodland indicates they are a similar team to Pawhuska, just older.


Woodland has good athletes at the skill positions and runs a spread offense, Hennesy said. The Cougars appear to be bigger up front than Pawhuska, he said.


“I’ve seen a lot of similarities,” Hennesy said. “They’re where we’ll be in a couple of years.”


Hennesy said he expects Woodland to be well-prepared for Pawhuska.


“Eddy Scott is a good football coach,” Hennesy said of Woodland’s coach.


Other offensive numbers for Pawhuska’s victory over Oklahoma Union include Easton Kirk leading in the rushing department with 63 yards on eight carries and a touchdown. Also, quarterback Bryce Drummond completed 12 of 20 tosses for 170 yards and two touchdowns.