Huskies to open district schedule

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital
Huskies to open district schedule

­­The “second” high school football season of 2014 starts for the Pawhuska Huskies this Friday night when they open the District 2A-8 campaign against the Caney Valley Trojans.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Ramona. Both teams are winless in their three games of 2014.

During 25-point losses to Verdigris, Dewey and Hominy, coach Bob Craig’s Pawhuska squad has shown flashes of solid play on both sides of the football.. Turnovers have plagued the Huskies.

Caney Valley has lost by 40-point margins in its three contests against Barnsdall, Kellyville and Drumright.

In last Friday’s game, the Hominy Bucks turned the “Battle of the Osage” into a rout as they ran for six touchdowns in a 39-10 triumph over the Huskies.

Hominy broke open a close contest by scoring three third-quarter TDs. The host Huskies dropped their second straight at PHS’s Ormand Beach Memorial Stadium and fell to 0-3 on the season. The Bucks improved to 2-1 for the year and have now won two in a row against their Osage County rivals. Tanner McElyea ran 17 times for 173 yards and one TD to lead a strong Hominy rushing effort. The Bucks finished with 266 ground yards and capitalized on five PHS turnovers.

Despite moving the ball consistently during the first two quarters, Pawhuska trailed by 10 points — 13-3 — at halftime. The Huskies finished the opening half with more than twice as many offensive plays as Hominy (collecting 34 to the visiting team’s 16) and picked up eight first downs in the half compared with five for the Bucks. Ill-timed penalties helped to stymie the PHS attack and the visitors were quick to take advantage of other mistakes by the Huskies.

A muffed catch of a Bucks’ punt five minutes into the contest led to a recovery by Hominy’s Colton Wilson at the Pawhuska 15-yard line. After an incomplete pass and a Buck timeout, Hominy senior running back Connor Edwards scored the game’s initial touchdown and an extra-point kick by Sergio Mendez gave the Bucks a 7-0 lead. Last year at Hominy, Edwards caught a 39-yard TD pass on the final play of the Bucks’ five-point victory over the Huskies.

Midway through the second quarter, a 43-yard punt return by the Hayden Carns set up a second Hominy score. Two plays later, sophomore McElyea ran 34 yards for the Bucks’ second touchdown and a 13-0 advantage. Pawhuska’s Walter Graves blocked Hominy’s attempt of the extra-point kick. The lightning-fast sophomore also denied the Buck PAT following their first score of the second half. Early in the second quarter, PHS freshman Keinen Cheeves recovered a Hominy fumble.

Caleb Bruce put Huskies on the board when he kicked a 26-yard field goal less than a minute before the end of the second quarter. The boot — which was angled through as the time clock was about to run out — enabled PHS to salvage points from an 11-play drive that reached the end zone twice, only to have the apparent TDs called back. Marshall Tolson was ruled out of bounds at the 3-yard line after catching a 16-yard pass from PHS quarterback Colton Hindman with two minutes remaining. Two plays later, Hayden Javellas ran the ball in for the Huskies but the play was negated by an illegal block.

Pawhuska only made three first downs in the second half, while Hominy was racking up 10. The Bucks slammed the door on Huskie comeback chances by scoring three third-quarter touchdowns. PHS’s raft of errors was upsized to a boat-load and the visitors continued taking advantage of the home team’s generosity. PHS turned the ball over twice in the quarter, first by fumbling the kickoff (which was recovered by Edwards) after QB Zaven Collins scored a TD on the Bucks’ opening drive. Wilson intercepted a pass with eight seconds remaining to conclude the Huskies’ miserable third quarter .

Hominy’s running attack exploited a vulnerable side of the PHS defense as Logan Warnke and McElyea also ran for scores. When the final period started, the Bucks held a 30-point advantage (33-3). Another fumbled punt by the Huskies was recovered for Hominy by Charles Crawford. Two plays later (as always), Warnke reached paydirt for a second time and the Bucks led by a 39-3 margin.

Only 2.6 seconds were left in the game when Pawhuska scored its touchdown. The last Huskie offensive series ended on downs with three minutes remaining and the PHS defense then stopped Hominy on three straight plays. After taking a delay-of-game penalty, the Bucks were in punt formation when a high snap sailed toward the goal line. Redeagle outran everyone to the ball, which he scooped up at the five-yard line and carried in for the TD. Bruce’s extra-point kick from a Hindman hold concluded the scoring.

The Huskies will continue the quest for victory next Friday night at Ramona when they open their District 2A-8 slate against the Caney Valley Trojans, who are also 0-3 on the season.

HOMINY 39, PAWHUSKA 10

Hominy Bucks: 7 - 6 - 20 - 6 — 39

Pawhuska Huskies: 0 - 3 - 0 - 7 — 10

First quarter

H — Connor Edwards 15-yd run (Sergio Mendez kick), 6:59

Second quarter

H —Tanner McElyea 34-yd run (kick blocked), 4:34

P — Caleb Bruce 26-yard FG, :55

Third quarter

H — Zavin Collins 2-yd run (kick blocked), 10:02

H — Logan Warnke 3-yd run (Collins run), 3:00

H — McElyea 3-yd run (Mendez kick), :30

Fourth quarter

H — Warnke 2-yd run (kick failed), 7:33

P — Trey Redeagle 5-yd retn of fumble (Bruce kick)

GAME STATISTICS

1st downs: Hominy 15, Pawhuska 11

Rushes-yds: Bucks 37-266, Huskies 38-132

Fumbles lost: Hominy 1, Pawhuska 3

Pass yards: Bucks 9, PHS 40

Completed-passes-ints: HHS 2-8-0, PHS 4-12-1

Punts-avg: Hominy 2-27, Pawhuska 3-24

Return yds: Bucks 69, Huskies 105

Penalties-yds: Hominy 4-25, PHS 9-65

INDIVIDUAL STATS

Hominy Bucks (2-1) — RUSHING: Tanner McElyea 17 carries for 173 yards, Zaven Collins 7-38, Logan Warnke 7-28, Connor Edwards 2-20, Ryan Tilley 3-6. PASSING: Zaven Collins 1 completion-6 attempts-6 yards, Armony Lowery 1-2-3 yards, RECEIVING: Kolton Reed 1 catch-6 yards, Mathew Mullins 1-3.

Pawhuska Huskies (0-3) — RUSHING: Caleb Bruce 13 carries for 54 yards, John Bighorse 10-45, Colton Hindman 9-30, Hayden Javellas 4-minus 9, Mathew Taft 2-12. PASSING: Colton Hindman 4 completions-12 attempts-40 yds-1 INT. RECEIVING: Marshall Tolson 2 catches-31 yards, Trey Redeagle 1-8, Chanler Collins 1-1.