The upbeat news continues for fans of Pawhuska Huskies football.


Last week, we brought you news about 2020 senior all-star Easton Kirk signing to play at the collegiate level for the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos.


This week, the word is that rising senior quarterback Bryce Drummond, who has a season remaining with the Huskies, has committed to go to North Texas State University and play for the Mean Green. Drummond is a bright young man with a million-dollar smile, but those aren’t the characteristics his gridiron opponents likely recall about him.


What opposing players will remember is a prolific passer, who has been just as at-home tucking the ball under his arm, eluding tackles, breaking tackles and lowering his shoulder for a few more yards.


As a junior, Drummond threw for 3,426 yards and 36 touchdowns. He also ran for 870 yards and 25 touchdowns. As a sophomore, he showed great promise on offense, but also played at linebacker and demonstrated a willingness to deliver hard hits. He has also been a standout performer as a PHS wrestler and qualified for the state tournament this year.


Drummond’s head coach, Matt Hennesy, was also the coach of Mason Fine, who played his high school ball at Locust Grove. Fine just finished his collegiate football career at North Texas State and is expected to get a shot at playing in the National Football League. The head coach at North Texas is Seth Littrell, with whom Hennesy has a good relationship.


Hennesy said he thinks Drummond will receive other offers, but said Drummond commented he liked North Texas and its quarterback coach.


“He comes from a great family and they put some serious thought into it,” Hennesy said. Drummond is the son of Ladd and Ree Drummond of Pawhuska.


Hennesy said he looks forward to coaching Drummond for another year, and looks forward to the young man showing his leadership ability and taking Pawhuska to a Class A state title.


The Huskies were 11-2 in 2019 and made the third round of the Class A playoffs. PHS is 17-7 in two years under Hennesy’s leadership as coach.