Memories of last year linger

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital
Memories of last year linger

When the Hominy-versus-Pawhuska prep football rivalry resumes Friday night, the final play of last year’s “Battle of the Osage” will be fresh in the minds of most of the coaches and many of the fans.

Pawhuska head coach Bob Craig does not expect it to carry much significance for the players, however — especially, considering the youth of this year’s Huskies’ squad.

“They have shorter memories,” said Craig. “and that’s probably good.”

This year’s Osage County battle will have a 7:30 p.m. kickoff at PHS’s Ormand Beach Memorial Stadium

A year ago at Hominy, a 39-yard touchdown pass on the final play lifted the Bucks to a 32-27 victory that snapped a three-year Pawhuska winning streak. The game-ending TD culminated a four-play, 63-yard drive that started with 17 seconds remaining. Less than three minutes earlier, Pawhuska had taken a one-point advantage with a 76-yard scoring march.PHS’s Mathew Taft, who was then a sophomore, caught a TD pass that tied the contest and then-freshman Bruce kicked the extra-point that put the Huskies ahead.

Hominy senior Connor Edwards, the wide receiver who scored last year’s winning TD, is one of seven offensive starters returning for the Bucks. The visitors will enter the contest with a 1-1 mark following a 14-7 win over Pawnee. In week one, Hominy lost at Cleveland by three touchdowns.

Last Friday night, Dewey’s Hunter Brewer scored three first-quarter touchdowns and Kobe Morgan intercepted two key passes in the Doggers’ 36-7 win at Pawhuska.

Brewer notched TD runs of 3, 39 and 23 yards on consecutive carries in the first quarter as the visiting Doggers established a 23-0 advantage. The 5-10, 160-pound sophomore finished the night with 21 rushes for 220 yards.

The interceptions by Morgan represented the Alpha and the Omega of Dewey’s edge in the contest. The first stopped Pawhuska’s promising initial drive a foot from the goal line. The turnover started a 99-yard scoring drive that put the Doggers ahead, 7-0, six minutes into the contest. Morgan returned his second pick 89 yards for the game’s final score midway through the final quarter.

Pawhuska’s lone score was via a 36-yard TD pass from Colton Hindman to Trey RedEagle. The picture-perfect play came on a fourth-down-and-19 situation late in the third period when the Huskies were trailing by 30 points. The PHS offense moved the ball consistently in the final minutes, just as it had in the season-opening loss (42-7) at Verdigris.

Mistakes paved the way for both losses. In addition to giving up three interceptions to Dewey, the Huskies also had a first-period fumble to set up the Doggers’ third TD. Multiple breakdowns in the PHS punting game proved especially disastrous for the home team.

“Our kicking game has killed us in both games,” said the Huskie coach. “That really rips at me because we spend a significant amount of time at every practice working on those things.”

Two minutes after the Dewey’s first score, a snap sailed over the head of Huskie punter, who chased the ball down in the end zone before being swarmed by defenders for a safety. On the play that followed Pawhuska’s subsequent free kick, Brewer exploded through the middle for a 39-yard TD run and put Dewey in control, 16-0, with 3:27 left to play in the opening period.

Caleb Bruce was a workhorse for the Huskies as the 5-9, 160-pound sophomore rushed 24 times for 141 yards. After the PHS defense held the Doggers to three-and-out in the game’s first series, Bruce broke off a 63-yard run on Pawhuska’s first play from scrimmage. As the punter, Bruce was forced to chase down three other high snaps. Two of those other errant snaps resulted in big losses before the change of possession. On the other, Bruce managed to field the bouncing ball and somehow get off a 30-yard punt.

Senior wideout/cornerback Hayden Javellas saved at least more PHS turnovers by handling three errant pitches, one that had hit the ground and another that deflected off another Huskie player.

DEWEY 36, PAWHUSKA 7

Dewey BullDoggers: 23 - 0 - 7 - 6 — 36

Pawhuska Huskies: 0 - 0 - 7 - 0 — 7

First quarter

D — Hunter Brewer 3-yard run (Kobe Morgan kick), 5:29.

D — Safety, 3:41.

D — Brewer 39-yard run (Morgan kick), 3:27.

D — Brewer 23-yard run (Morgan kick), :39.

Third quarter

D — Tyren Ricks 1-yard pass from Jonathan Blackmon (Morgan kick), 6:33.

P — Trey Redeagle 36-yard pass from Colton Hindman (Caleb Bruce kick), 1:40.

Fourth quarter

D — Kobe Morgan 89-yard interception return (kick failed), 6:36.

GAME STATISTICS

1st downs: Dew 16, Paw 16

Rushes-yds: Dew 38-295, Paw 43-245

Pass yards: Dew 45, Paw 72

Fumbles lost: Dew 0, Paw 1

Comp-passes-int: Dew 5-8-0, Paw 7-18-3

Sacks-loss yds: Dew 1-15, Paw 4-28

Punts-avg: Dew 3-34, Paw 2-31

Returns-yds: Dew 2-97, Paw 7-72

Penalties-yds: Dew 6-50, Paw 5-30

INDIVIDUAL STATS

Dewey Bulldoggers (1-1) — RUSHING: Hunter Brewer 21 carries-220 yards-3 touchdowns, Jonathan Blackmon 10-55, Robbie Ketchum 3-5, Brandon Tidwell 3-9, Kobe Morgan 1-6. PASSING: Jonathan Blackmon, 5 completions-45 yards-1 TD. RECEIVING: Tyren Ricks 2 catches-13 yds, 1 TD, Kobe Morgan 1-21, Hunter Brewer 1-5, Hunter Hines 1-5.

Pawhuska Huskies (0-2) — RUSHING: Caleb Bruce 24 carries for 141 yards, Colton Hindman 8-39, Hayden Javellas 6-23, John Bighorse 4-29, Brian Jeffers 1-13. PASSING: Colton Hindman 7 completions-18 attempts-72 yds-1 TD-3 intercepted. RECEIVING: Trey Redeagle 4 catches-54 yds-1 TD, Mathew Taft 1-3, Hayden Javellas 1-11, Marshall Tolson 1-4.