The flashes of lightning appeared at a convenient time for the Dewey High School football team.
At the same time a storm front advanced toward Ormand Beach Stadium, the visiting Bulldoggers’ squad was showing its own low pressure areas. After starting the second-half attack with eight straight running plays, the Pawhuska Huskies’ offense seemed to have the guest defenders on their heels as they advanced the ball inside the Dewey 10-yard line.
Mother Nature arrived as Mighty Mouse to save the day for the defensive units that had been run raggedly over and through during the game’s previous 28 minutes. In a combined 81 plays, the opposing offenses had amassed 653 yards — with more than 500 of that total gained via the rush. The 8-yard per carry average was disceptive, however, since both squads also displayed flashes of good defense.
PHS senior Brycen Swan and freshman Hunter Reed both displayed a knack for separating Dogger runners and receivers from the ball. The Huskies converted four of the five third-down plays as Wilson and company did everything possible to prolong their possessions.
The lightning moved into the area around 9:25 p.m. and prompted the call for a 30-minute weather delay. At the the time of the interruption, about 7 1/2 minutes remaining in the quarter. The Huskies still trailed the Doggers by six points and were facing a second-down-and-goal situation at the Dewey nine-yard line.
Two hours after the initial delay was announced, the contest was canceled at around 11:30 p.m. as the rains showed little chance for withdrawing and major signs of intensifying.
“If there was any way to have played, I think our guys were ready,” Pawhuska head coach Joe Tillman said.
Dewey held a 14-13 edge following a first-quarter track meet that lasted the better part of an hour. As penalties and fumbles slowed action on the field.
Following a rash of clock issues, game officials ordered the Pawhuska stadium’s scoreboard to be shut down for the last 10 minutes of the opening half. The visiting Doggers added six more points midway through the second period and took a 20-13 lead into the break.
The home team and the scoreboard were reactivated at the start of the third quarter. Bruce returned the kickoff across the 40 and quarterback Tyler Wilson needed just three minutes to move the Huskies into the Dewey red zone.
JUNIOR HUSKIES OPEN
Pawhuska’s promising seventh- and eighth-grade squads made their season debuts Monday.
The seventh-graders defeated Tonkawa , 6-0, with a strong effort — particularly by the defense. Jack Long scored the touchdown.
In the eighth-grade game, Tonkawa picked up a 14-6 victory.