Hennesy celebrates accomplishments of 2019-20 seniors

Robert Smith rsmith@pawhuskajournalcapital.com
PHS seniors Cade McNeil, left, and Tristian McCartney, right, were recipients last week of the Huskie Pride Award at the annual PHS football banquet. McNeil, a receiver, and McCartney, a center, were important contributors to the success of the Huskie football team that went 11-2 last fall and made the third round of the Class A playoffs. Photo courtesy of Sharon Holloway, Pawhuska High School

Pawhuska Huskies football coach Matt Hennesy last week enjoyed celebrating the accomplishments of his 2019 seniors, who helped make possible an 11-2 season and a run to the third round of the Class A football playoffs last fall.

“It was awesome,” Hennesy said of the opportunity to honor his players. “They’ll be missed and be a big loss, but they’ve laid the foundation.”

Hennesy took over the Huskie football program in early 2018 and led a rebound from the 2017 season’s 0-10 finish. The 2018 Huskies were 6-5, including a playoff berth, and the 2019 team came close to winning its district. The legacy of the class of 2019 will be fully realized as future PHS teams win state championships, Hennesy said.

“Not only do we have a good nucleus coming back, we’ve got some holes to fill but I think we’ve got some good, young kids coming along,” he said. “We’re at a different level now.”

The Huskies will be playing in a new district next season, and Hennesy said he thinks Pawhuska will be one of the better teams in that grouping.

“We’ll be one of the top teams in that district and we accept that challenge, and basically set our goal to win a state title,” he said.

Honors given last week at the annual football banquet inclulded: Ormond Beach Award, Hunter Reed; Ultimate Huskie Award, Hunter Reed and Easton Kirk; Huskie Pride Award, Tristian McCartney and Cade McNeil; Principal’s Award, Easton Kirk; Defensive Player of the Year, Hunter Reed; Offensive Player of the Year, Bryce Drummond; Special Teams Player of the Year, A.J. Soliano; Offensive Lineman of the Year, Tristian McCartney; Defensive Lineman of the Year, Lesharo Wildcat; Iron Man Award, J.T. Waddle and Kevin Davis; “UNBREAKABLE” Award, Cade McNeil and Ryan Henley; Impact Offensive Player, Mason Gilkey and Easton Kirk; Impact Defensive Player, Jack Long and Hagen McGuire; Most Improved Offensive Player, Evan Frye and Jesse Carr; Most Improved Defensive Player, Tell Richardson and Cody Starr; Most Improved Special Teams, Hunter Hurd and Gov Camargo; Offensive Hitman of the Year, Dylan Doyal; Defensive Hitman of the Year, Jack Long and Tre Harper; Offensive Newcomer of the Year, Dalton Hurd; Defensive Newcomer of the Year, John Reed; Comeback Player of the Year, Gabe Letzkus and Jamar Goff; Scout Team Player of the Year, Blaine Sweeden; Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year, Tanner Kyler and Todd Drummond; and Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year, Jaymison Gibbs and Tyrel Richardson.