Pawhuska High School football coach Matt Hennesy cautioned his audience at the school’s football banquet last Wednesday to be aware that much hard work remains to turn the Huskies into a championship program.


“The only thing we’ve done is built the foundation,” Hennesy said, referring to the 6-5 season just completed. It marked a rebound from a 0-10 record the year before, but the coach warned that PHS won’t sneak up on anyone anymore.


“The firsts are over, so now the work starts,” he said, by which he meant the first win of the rebound, the first trip to the playoffs and so forth, are all behind the Huskies. “I hate to tell you, but that was the easy part.”


Predicting that “there is nobody in this room (at the Ag Building of the Osage County Fairgrounds) that is satisfied with 6-5,” Hennesy encouraged boosters and the Pawhuska community generally to think big about the future.


“From here on out, we talk about gold balls … but they’re not going to mail it to you,” he said. “We’re putting Pawhuska back on the map and it starts now.”


The coach reminded his audience, which included booster club members and parents of players and other Pawhuska High football supporters, that he talked about five essential ingredients for a championship program when he arrived in early 2018. Those ingredients include good players, good coaches, good staff members at the high school, parents willing to support their kids’ commitments to the football program, and support from the community as a whole.


“I don’t think little about anything,” Hennesy said, reminding booster club members, as well as members of his coaching staff, that he will continue to look for ways to challenge everyone to reach new levels of performance.