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Huskies notch key win vs. CVHS

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital
Huskies notch key win vs. CVHS

The Wyandotte Bears will be dangerous for this Friday night’s football game at Ormand Beach Memorial Stadium, according to Pawhuska High School head coach Bob Craig.

Craig should know. A week earlier, his Huskies were in the same position when they went to Ramona for their District 2A-8 opener with the Caney Valley Trojans. Pawhuska unleashed a “pound-dog” attack against the Trojans and the Huskies found the way to their first win of the season.

“This is Wyandotte’s first district game and they will be wanting to establish themselves as a contender,” said Craig. “It’s going to be a challenge for us.”

Like the Huskies, the Bears are 1-3 this season. Wyandotte won its season opener at Fairland, 62-7, but then suffered setbacks against powerhouse Adair (45-14) and Marionville, Mo. (46-18). In last week’s home game, the Bears lost a 48-40 shootout with Afton.

“They look pretty good on film — they look BIG,” Craig said this week’s PHS opponents. “With a bunch of returning players and that size, they’re going to be tough.”

The Friday kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m.

Last week against Caney Valley, 100-yard rushing performances by sophomores Caleb Bruce and John BigHorse carried PHS toward the victory. The “lightning-and-thunder” duo combined for 240 of Pawhuska’s 332-yard ground total. Each scored a touchdown.

Pawhuska came out running and never stopped. After freshman Brian Jeffers returned the opening kickoff into Trojan territory, the Huskies needed less than two minutes to grind out their initial score. Bruce ran six times in a row and took it in from five yards out to cap the drive. Then, he booted the extra point.

Sophomore quarterbacks directed the opposing squads. Colton Hindman of Pawhuska and Caney Valley’s Hunter Hines proved themselves efficient and resourceful signal-callers as they found ways to score and avoided turnovers. Hindman ran (and stretched) for one TD and passed for another, while Hines threw for the two Trojan scores.

Hindman continued his development for the Huskies. Although passing sparingly, he threw for nearly 100 yards while chipping in more than 60 rushing yards. Most of his success through the air resulted from two opening-half throws to senior Hayden Javellas. (Coincidentally, both came in third-down-and-14 situations.) The second put Pawhuska ahead, 21-0, seven minutes before halftime. Hindman’s pass floated deep downfield to the free-wheeling Javellas, who outstepped defenders for a 69-yard TD.

“When we passed, we were efficient,” said Craig. “And our line played well, which allowed us to have success running the ball.”

QB Hines threw for the two Trojan touchdowns and finished as Caney Valley’s top rusher, with 25 yards on a handful of scrambles. Just a minute and a half after the third Huskie score, Hines got CVHS on the board by connecting with senior Colton Calvert for a 59-yard TD. The same combo made good on the two-point conversion as the hosts cut Pawhuska’s lead to 20-8 before before breaking for intermission.

After Caney Valley’s offense started of the second half with consecutive three-and-out series, the visiting Huskies were driving toward the goal line when a fumble was recovered at the three by CVHS junior Logan Hunt. One play later, Pawhuska defensive end Marshall Tolson jersey-tackled the Trojan ball carrier in the end zone for a safety that gave PHS a 15-point lead. Eight plays after the Huskies possession at the Caney Valley 32 following a short free kick, BigHorse scored from three yards out on the first play of the final quarter to put the visitors up, 30-8.

As the Trojans struggled to move the ball against the strong Pawhuska defense, a scrambling Hines found a familiar target on a third-and-13 pass over the middle. Calvert snagged the pass and was headed for a score when he was chased down by Javellas at the 10-yard line. The Huskies succeeded in holding the Trojans off for the next four downs and regained possession at the eight with 9:22 remaining. BigHorse ran 48 yards on four straight carries before the home defense stiffened to force a turnover on downs at its own 42.

Caney Valley got moving in the final minutes with the help of an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and a key third-down completion from Hines to Bailey Eden. With 3:26 left to play, the lefthanded quarterback fired a 19-yard pass into the end zone which freshman Brandon Fogle caught for the Trojans’ second TD.

The Huskies eliminated one problem they’ve had this year by not having to punt the ball. PHS scored touchdowns on three of its first four possessions. Caney Valley punted on three consecutive series to start the game and its first to possessions of the second half. Pawhuska junior Chanler Collins recorded PHS’s only sack of the night in the fourth quarter.

PAWHUSKA 30, CANEY VALLEY 14

Pawhuska Huskies: 7 - 14 - 2 - 7 — 30

Caney Valley Trojans: 0 - 8 - 0 - 6 — 14

First quarter

P — Caleb Bruce 5-yd run (Bruce kick), 9:09.

Second quarter

P — Colton Hindman 1-yd run (Bruce kick), 10:51.

P — Hayden Javellas 69-yd pass from Hindman (Bruce kick), 6:53.

CV — Colton Calvert 59-yd pass from Hunter Hines (Hines pass to Calvert), 5:24

Third quarter

P — Safety, Marshall Tolson tackle CV runner in end zone, 3:35.

Fourth quarter

P — John BigHorse 3-yd run (Bruce kick), 11:56.

CV — Brandon Fogle 19-yd pass from Hines (pass fail), 3:26.

GAME STATISTICS

1st downs: P 20, CV 7

Rushes-yds: P 66-332, CV 20-36

Pass yards: P 97, CV 132

Pass comps-atts: P 4-9, CV 5-20

Turnovers: P 1 F, CV 0

Punts-avg: P none, CV 3-24

Return yds: P 37, CV 76

Penalties-yds: P 12-80, CV 6-40

INDIVIDUAL STATS

Caney Valley Trojans (0-4) — RUSHING: Nate Berwaldt 4 carries for 7 yards, Jacob Mackey 7-5, Hunter Hines 5-25, Garreth Nichols 1-2, Colton Calvert 2-minus 5, Trevor Wright 1-0. PASSING: Hunter Hines 5 completions in 19 attempts for 132 yards and 2 TDs; Trevor Wright 0-1. RECEIVING: Colton Calvert 2 catches for 104 yards, 1 TD; Bailey Eden 2-24, Brandon Fogle 1-4-1 TD .

Pawhuska Huskies (1-3) — RUSHING: Caleb Bruce 26-122, John Bighorse 18-118, Colton Hindman 15-62, Hayden Javellas 1-1, Mathew Taft 5-20, Brian Jeffers 1-3. PASSING: Colton Hindman 4 completions in 9 attempts for 97 yds and 1 TD. RECEIVING: Hayden Javellas 3 catches for 93 yards and 1 TD, Marshall Tolson 1- 4.