The oldest of area rivalries will be renewed Friday when the Pawhuska High School Huskies take on the Hominy Bucks in a neighborhood football clash dubbed "The Battle of the Osage."
This year’s game in Hominy, which pits teams starving for their first season victory, is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff at Bucks Stadium.
For the second straight time, PHS and Hominy will bring matching 0-2 records into the rivalry. The Bucks dropped their opener at Cleveland, 34-13, and were edged last week at home (7-0) by Pawnee. Pawhuska followed a 15-6 home loss to Tonkawa with a 30-26, close-but-no-cigar defeat at Dewey.
The Huskies trailed the Bucks at halftime last year in Pawhuska, but rallied for a 21-8 triumph. Both teams went on to make the state playoffs. Class 2A Pawhuska has claimed the past three meetings, but A-class Hominy won three in a row before that.
In their first season under veteran head coach Bob Craig, the Huskies have flashed offensive power — particularly through the air. The defense of Pawhuska has limited the Bucks to only one touchdown in each of the past three games.
Hominy is coached by Scott Harmon.
Historically, the Osage County football battle extends back some 90 years.
Near win at Dewey
Against Dewey last Friday, the Huskies brought the best out of the Doggers in the first football game to be played on newly-installed synthetic turf at Bulldogger Stadium. found solutions for every problem that was posed to them Friday night as they held off the explosive Huskies for a 30-26 victory.
Playing for the first time on a newly-installed synthetic surface, Dewey used four takeaways by its resilient defense to help survive Pawhuska. DHS freshman safety Jonathon Blackmon intercepted a tipped pass (his second pick of the night) to put an end to the final Huskie challenge with 45 seconds remaining.
Mainly, the Bulldoggers relied on healthy doses of Jared Fink to cure any ills that threatened the historic evening.
Fink, a 5-9, 155-pound senior, scored three touchdowns and rushed for 240 yards to lead the home charge for Dewey. The first two TDs by Fink were on first-quarter scampers of 51 and 55 yards that came shortly after Pawhuska opened the scoring with an electrifying 69-yard dash by quarterback Zalin Edwards.
Any question about the new turf being fire-proof was answered within a four-minute span as the two teams burned trails to their respective end zones. At about that time, swarms of crickets began descending upon the stadium. The insects remained for the evening, but they were hardly a distraction to the nearly non-stop the gridiron action.
As the solid DHS defense led by senior linebackers Stevie Payne and Matt Underhill held the Huskies at bay, the offense of the Doggers struck again with 4:30 left in the opening half. A five-play scoring drive was capped by a pass from QB Chase Carver to Caysen Brownwolf, who dashed down the home sideline for a 36-yard TD that put Dewey ahead, 18-6.
Pawhuska also went to the air for its response when Edwards directed the visitors on a seven-play, 79-yard march. The drive was kept alive by 39-yard strike to Marshall Tolson on a third-and-nine call. With just over a minute left before intermission, Huskie receiver Bryce Wilson got behind the coverage to grab a 22-yard Edwards’ aerial in the end zone and cut the Dewey lead to six.
Wilson played a major role for the Huskies. The senior two-way starter finished with nine catches for 110 yards. After Fink ran in his third touchdown for the lone scoring of the third quarter, Edwards connected with Wilson on another TD as the Huskies launched a fourth-quarter comeback attempt by making it 18-12.
The Pawhuska defense then made a stop on the next possession, leading to a 56-yard punt by Dewey kicker Chad Beaver that rolled to a stop at the Huskie one-yard line. Two plays later, an errant pitch by Edwards was scooped up by Dogger defensive end Chase Wilson, who rolled into the end zone for what proved to be the decisive points in the contest.
keyed of the Bulldoggers and a healthy dose of running back Jared Fink. After being largely smothered in last week’s opener at Nowata, the Dogger offense senior QB Chase Carver.
The game proved early that the new turf at Bulldogger Stadium is fire-proof, as teams took turns blazing trails up and down the field. Of the five first-half TDs, the came on explosive runs of 69 yards (by Edwards), 51 and 55 yards (by the irrepressible Mr. Fink), and scoring passes of 36 and 22 yards.
Freshman safety Jonathon Blackmon two interceptions, second halt late Pawhuska threat and snuff a fourth-quarter Huskie rally. An insurance TD by defensive end Chase Wilson recovered fumble in end zone following an errant Huskie pitch
Tyler Roecker also intercepted a pass. Connor McNiel had a pick for Pawhuska. Kendall Oller recover onside kick.
Dewey 30, Pawhuska 26
Pawhuska 6 6 0 14 — 26
Dewey 12 6 6 6 — 30
P — Zalin Edwards 69-yard run (run failed), 7:53
D — Jared Fink 51-yard run (pass failed), 7:05
D — Fink 55-yard run (pass failed), 3:44
D — Caysen Brownwulf 36-yard pass from Chase Carver (kick failed), 4:30
P — Bryce Wilson 22-yard pass from Zalin Edwards (run failed), 1:09
D — Fink 3-yard run (run failed), 5:57
P — Wilson 14-yard pass from Edwards (run failed), 11:07
D — Chase Wilson fumble recovery in end zone (run failed), 8:20
P — Edwards 1-yard run (Edwards pass to Wilson), 5:16
First downs: Pawhuska 16, Dewey 15
Rushes-yards: PHS 31-150, Dewey 43-270
Passing yards: Pawhuska 199, Dewey 72
Pass Comp-Att-Int: PHS 16-32-3, Dewey 5-9-1
Return yards: Pawhuska 85, Dewey 35
Punts-Avg: PHS 3-31 Dewey 4-40
Fumbles-lost: Pawhuska 3-1 Dewey 3-0
Penalties-yards: PHS 5-35 Dewey 8-60
Rushing — Zalin Edwards 15-110 yards, Taylor Priest 4-22, Hayden Javellas 1-minus 7, Eli Florence 3-minus 2, John Bighorse 6-14, Connor McNeil 1-minus 1, Bryce Wilson 1-10.
Passing — Zalin Edwards 16-32-199 yards.
Receiving — Bryce Wilson 9-110 yards, Marshall Tolson 3-43, Taylor Priest 2-16, Matthew Taft 1-19, Connor McNeil 1-11.
Rushing — Jared Fink 27-240 yards, Chase Carver 14-30, Hunter Brewer 2-0.
Passing — Chase Carver 5-9-72 yards.
Receiving — Caysen Brownwolf 4-64, Hunter Brewer 1-8.