Playing games is the only way to gain experience. Pawhuska High School’s football team added four more quarters of experience in Friday’s night’s 52-0 loss to Morrison.
It was the home opener for Pawhuska, and season opener for perennial football powerhouse Morrison.
Pawhuska (0-2) showed flashes of what could be. The Huskies held Morrison scoreless in the first quarter and limited the Wildcats to six points in the third. The PHS offense, at times, was able to move the ball on the ground. It just couldn’t march down the field and into the end zone.
Huskies running back Hunter Reed showed signs he could be the complementary back to senior Brian Jeffers that the Huskies need.
Reed, a sophomore, had the Huskie’s longest run of the night — a 15-yarder on PHS’s first possession of the second half that fired up the home crowd as he hurdled a Morrison defender.
Jeffers lead the Huskies running attack with 30 yards on 12 carries. Reed accumulated 19 yards on eight carries.
PHS coach Joe Tillman praised Reed’s play on offense and defense after the game Friday night.
“I can tell you right now Hunter Reed had a heck of a football game. He was a heck of a football player on both sides of the ball,” Tillman said.
Inexperience and mistakes often go hand-in-hand. It was true Friday night as the Huskies fumbled on back-to-back possession late in the second quarter that gave Morrison field position in the red zone and resulted in two Wildcat touchdowns.
“Turnovers down there that deep kill you. Morrison is a good football and they took advantage of that and scored,” Tillman said.
Morrison (1-0) scored 26 points in the second quarter, 8 in the third and 18 in the fourth.
The Wildcats scored three TDs on passes from quarterback Guner Womack to Trevor Hughes and Nate Masters in the second quarter.
Wildcat running back Ryker Hughes rushed 124 yards on 15 carries, and scored twice. Morrison rushed 39 times for 426 yards.
The Huskies played all 25 players that suited up to boost the experience level. Just six seniors and one junior were dressed to play. The remaining 19 were freshmen and sophomores.
“I can’t get angry with them,” Tillman said. “We’ve got to keep our heads up, and we have to continue to play.
Pawhuska travels to Dewey (1-1) Friday night. The Bulldoggers rolled 63-0 victory over the Nowata Ironman in Nowata Friday night.