DEWEY — Pawhuska (0-3) scored its first touchdown in seven quarters on a 1-yard run by Hunter Reed with 4:16 left in the second quarter. The Huskies lost a 43-6 decision to Dewey High School Friday night.
The Huskies played short-handed against Dewey. Coach Joe Tillman suspended a handful of players Tuesday after they missed video sessions Saturday and a mandatory practice Monday (Labor Day).
“I had 14 kids tonight that started both ways for the whole first half, and pretty much the entire third quarter,” Tillman said. “I am so proud of those 14 kids. Half of them had never started before and half of them are freshman. We had a good week of practice. I’m awfully proud of them and their effort."
Pawhuska discovered passing game after it moved Tre Harper to the quarterback spot, and starting quarterback Cade McNeil to wide receiver.
Harper struggled at first, but completed 5 of 13 passes for 105 yards. McNeil caught five passes for 97 yards, and showed a knack for adjusting to the ball.
“We saw some silver linings in there. Tre Harper did a good job at quarterback. He and Cade McNeil hooked up quite a few times,” Tillman said.
The Harper to McNeil connection hooked up twice on the Huskies touchdown drive. McNeil caught passes of 24 and 22 yards to set up Reed’s TD plunge.
Pawhuska had 109 yards of total offense. Brian Jeffers led Huskies rushers with 12 yards on eight carries. Hunter Reed carried six times for 8 yards. The Dewey defense sacked Harper seven times for minus 13 yards.
Tillman said the suspended players will return to the lineup for Friday night’s game at Hominy. Kickoff is 7 p.m.
Dewey High School running back Faylon Kight and quarterback Blake Timmons teamed up for more than half of the Bulldoggers offensive production and accounted for five touchdowns for Dewey.
Kight rushed for 132 yards on 10 carries, including touchdown runs of 47 and 9 yards. Timmons rushed for 66 yards and passed for 82 more. He scored twice on runs of 54 and 4 yards, and threw for another.
The Bulldoggers (2-1) finished with 548 yards of total offense, 484 came on the ground, and 11 Dewey players toted the ball at least once.
Dewey Coach Tyler Caid said the Bulldoggers were ready to play Pawhuska following last season’s third-quarter storm-canceled contest at Ormand Beach Memorial Stadium. Dewey coaches were surprised the game was considered a ‘no-contest’ since it had gone beyond halftime.
“Last year, we went to Pawhuska and the game got rained out and canceled in the third quarter,” Caid said. “I didn’t like the results last year. We really spent this week talking about finishing these guys off, doing a great job of being leaders and coming out playing a complete game and getting a ‘W.' Our kids did a great job. I’m so proud of them."
Dewey scored the first 35 points in Friday’s contest. Besides Kight’s and Timmons' scores, Dewey’s Drake Shull scored on a 43-yard run and Cole Brown caught a 54-yard TD pass from Timmons.
Dewey has outscored its foes 106 to 6 in its last two games.
Dewey travels to Vinita Friday. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.