Huskies dominate at Drumright, 62-0

Robert Smith

The Pawhuska Huskies improved to 4-3 Friday, with a 62-0 road win against district opponent Drumright.

Pawhuska coach Matt Hennesy was forthright about the Drumright game being one that his young team should have won handily. Drumright’s quarterback was hurt and the Tornadoes had other players out, Hennesy said.

Moreover, Drumright came into the Oct. 5 matchup with a record of 0-5. The Tornadoes had scored just 32 points all year, and had given up 271.

Hennesy said it was “part of growing up” as a football team for his Huskies to convincingly win a game they were supposed to win.

“We did what we had to do,” Hennesy said, acknowledging Pawhuska won the game without giving up any turnovers. Eliminating turnovers has been a leading priority. “I’m just proud of the way the kids came out and executed.”

Pawhuska performed well in all phases of the game, scoring two touchdowns and a safety on defense, and scoring on a punt return.

Evan Frye, who caught two touchdown passes and a pass for a 2-point conversion, was named offensive player of the week. Hagen McGuire was named defensive player of the week, and Mason Gilkey was special teams player of the week.

The Huskies passing game was efficient against Drumright, accounting for 226 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions.

This Friday, the Huskies will be at home against 5-1 Hominy. The Bucks suffered their only loss at home against 4A Cleveland, but have been perfect so far in district play.

“We’re looking forward to it,” Hennesy said, taking an optimistic approach. He noted the Bucks are big up front and have good athletes.

Friday will also be Pawhuska High’s cancer awareness game, Hennesy said. The players will wear pink jerseys, with names on the back of people who have fought cancer. To clarify, the names on the jerseys will not be intended to reflect the identities of the players, but to refer to community members.

“During the game, people will be able to go down and bid on the jerseys,” Hennesy said, explaining there will be a silent auction. The money raised through the auction will be donated to a local family, he said.