Countdown begins to fall grid season

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital

Countdown to the 2014 prep football season got underway in Huskie Land with this week’s preview of top local grid prospects at the Pawhuska “Night of Champions.”

Pawhuska High School head coach Bob Craig introduced the PHS and junior high grid squads during the event, which was held Tuesday evening at Ormand Beach Memorial Stadium. The second-annual “Champions” preview celebrates the conclusion of summer football training programs, which began in mid-June.

(A follow-up on the Huskies’ “Night” is planned for next week’s edition.)

Speed-Power-Agility (SPA) sessions were conducted three days per week, in the early morning for varsity players and around mid-morning with junior high prospects, according to the coach. The PHS squad had held several days of spring practice in late May. In early June, Huskie players also participated in the Lincoln Christian Football Camp.

The first meeting of the season for the Pawhuska Quarterback Club was held immediately following the Tuesday night event. Craig stressed the importance of the club’s support in contributing to the success of local football teams.

Quarterback Club spokesperson Beverly Tolson said the organization needs the participation of parents at both junior high and high school levels. Support is being sought from the fan base of the entire community, she added.

Craig encouraged all Huskie sports fans to become involved with the QB Club, which has a long history of supporting the school’s athletic programs.

August 5 (which is a Tuesday) will be a key date for Huskie football programs. (And, unfortunately, the date was incorrectly listed on a previous release.)

Equipment check-outs for seventh- and eighth-grade football players is to be Aug. 5, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., at the PHS locker room, according to Craig. Immediately after that — at 7 p.m. on Aug. 5 — local coaches will hold a meeting with the parents of high school players.

Football practices are scheduled to begin at high schools statewide on Monday, Aug. 11, and all players must have current physicals forms on file before they will be allowed to practice, the coach said. Anyone with questions related to equipment checkouts, sports physicals, etc., can contact Craig at 918-798-5284 or 918 232-8416.

Shortly before the new season begins, the Pawhuska head coach will be involved with the Oklahoma Coaches Association’s All-State Games. The week-long Tulsa-area Games feature top recently-graduated athletes from around the state and are held during the annual OCA Convention and coaches’ clinics.

Craig was vice president of the OCA last year and will be installed as the new president of the organization during the Tulsa convention.