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Husky gridders eye road trip

Oklahoma District 2A-8

high school football standings

TEAM…W/L…Dist…Pts…OppPts

Nowata…5-0…2-0…206…43

Chelsea…2-3…1-0…69…164

Wyandotte..2-3..1-0..172..168

Commerce…1-4..1-1..80..152

Pawhuska…1-4..1-1..76…169

OK Union…1-4..0-2..46..118

Caney Valley..0-5..0-2..44..204

Following a hard-fought District 2A-8 loss to the Wyandotte Bears, the Pawhuska Huskies football team will head towards Arkansas this Friday night for a non-district tussle with the Kansas Comets — a squad that is diligently looking for its first season victory.

The Comets (0-5) reached last season’s playoffs with a 6-5 final mark and had a 9-3 record in 2012. So, the Huskies will need to take care of the business near the border as they steady themselves for another playoff run. Kickoff is set at 7:30 p.m.

Kansas is coming off a brutal loss to Adair (54-6) after losing its District 2A-7 opener, 27-0, to the Hulbert Riders. The Comets have been outscored, 238-25 this season, with a lowlight coming in a 74-6 defeat against 3A powerhouse Locust Grove.

Pawhuska is now 1-4 on the season and 1-1 in its district — the same as its other new 2A-8 foe, the Commerce Tigers. After this week’s non-district game at Kansas, the Huskies will re-pack for a trip to Commerce on Thursday, Oct. 16.

In last week’s 38-22 home loss to Wyandotte, the Huskies reached for ecstasy but what they found was agony.

Wyandotte’s senior-laden squad made a successful debut in District 2A-8 by scoring early and often at Ormand Beach Memorial Stadium. Pawhuska fell behind early before battling to a 15-12 halftime lead with a pair of second-quarter touchdown drives. The Bears unleashed a bruising running attack after intermission and regained the advantage. Although another PHS rally was developing late in the third period, it fell apart during the final quarter — when the Huskies fumbled on two straight possessions and had two other drives sputter out in Wyandotte territory.

PHS was forced to punt on the fourth play of the game and the visiting squad scored the night’s first points on its opening possession. Wyandotte went 55 yards in 12 plays to get a 6-0 lead on a short touchdown run, but missed on the extra point.The drive was kept alive by Huskie mistakes, as defenders jumped offsides on a fourth down, drew a facemask penalty in a third-and-long situation and allowed a 16-yard gain on a fourth-and-15 play. The Huskies answered with a gutsy TD drive on its next series. Three minutes into the second quarter, Caleb Bruce capped a 13-play, 71-yard Pawhuska drive with a game-tying, one-yard run. Bruce then kicked the extra point that gave the locals a 7-6 lead.

Quarterback Colton Hindman’s passing was instrumental in the Huskies’ offensive success. After misfiring on his initial pass attempt, the sophomore connected on 10 throws in a row before the streak ended on his second pass of the third quarter. The scoring drive got a big boost from Hindman’s first completion — a 34-yard strike to RedEagle on the fifth play. Setting up the touchdown was a 13-yard quick-hitter to speedy sophomore Graves, who nearly reached the end zone.

The Bears regained the advantage midway through the second period on a 39-yard TD pass from Hudson to freshman Ryan Cooper. RedEagle batted down the conversion-pass attempt and kept Wyandotte’s edge at five points, 12-7. The Huskies then launched another impressive series in which Hindman was seven-for-seven passing. Tight end Marshall Tolson reeled in catches good for 21 and 29 yards, while Hayden Javellas had a 10-yard grab and RedEagle made three receptions totalling 23 yards. Less than 30 seconds remained before intermission when Hindman ran three yards on a broken play for a go-ahead touchdown. The QB hit Bruce on a two-point pass to give the home team its three-point halftime margin.

Wyandotte took control of the game at the outset of the third quarter. The Bears regained the lead, 18-15, on a TD sneak by Hudson less than two minutes into the third period. The steady senior QB set up the score on the previous play when he broke loose for a 39-yard gain after apparently being stopped at the line of scrimmage on a third-down play. Three minutes later, the visitors increased their lead to nine points by using big senior runner Mylik George to power the ball straight down the field and fullback Angel Torres to score a 7-yard TD. The Huskies, as they had done three times previously (and would do again), denied the Bears on their conversion attempt.

Less than a half minute before the third quarter ended, the Huskies pulled back to within two points — 24-22 — when Javellas scored from seven yards out on a fourth-down reverse. The TD capped a balanced, 12-play drive of 55 yards. Then, RedEagle recovered an onside kick to give PHS the ball in Wyandotte territory. As the fourth period opened, the Huskies were looking to get back the lead. But, two fumbles in the early minutes of the fourth quarter hurt Pawhuska’s chances. And, two other drives tapped out in Wyandotte territory — dashing Huskie hopes for its second straight District 2A-8 victory.

Following the successful onside kick, the Huskies failed to pick up a first down before turning the ball over on downs. Pawhuska was still within a touchdown (30-22) when their second fumble in three offensive plays gave the ball to the Bears with less than eight minutes remaining. The Bears went in front by 16 points with 5:19 left on Torres second TD run. Another PHS drive started with a 38-yard kickoff return by Bruce but sputtered to a halt at the Wyandotte 8-yard line with 5:18 left after two incompletions and a pair of one-yard runs.

Hindman finished 16-of-22 passing for 182 yards and connected with six different Huskie receivers — RedEagle, Tolson, Javellas, BigHorse, Graves and Bruce. Wyandotte escaped its district debut with a road win that makes the Bears 2-3 overall and ties them with the Chelsea Dragons for second-place in the 2A-8 standings.

BEARS 38, HUSKIES 22

Wyandotte: 6 - 6 - 12 - 14 — 38

Pawhuska: 0 - 15 - 7 - 0 — 22

First quarter

W — Gunner Hudson 5-yd run (kick failed), 3:56.

Second quarter

P — Caleb Bruce 1-yd run (Bruce kick), 9:06.

W — Ryan Cooper 39-yd pass from Hudson (pass failed), 5:56.

P — Colton Hindman 3-yd run (Hindman pass to Bruce), :33.

Third quarter

W — Hudson 1-yd run (pass failed), 10:15.

W — Angel Torres 7-yd run (pass failed), 7:09.

P — Hayden Javellas 7-yd run (Bruce kick), 0:24.

Fourth quarter

W — Braxton Douthit 54-yd pass from Hudson (pass failed), 10:54.

W — Torres 1-yd run (Mylik George run), 5:19.

GAME STATISTICS

1st downs: W 21, P 17

Rushes-yds: W 46-192, P 36-82

Pass yards: W 130, P 182

Pass comps-atts: W 6-12-0, P 16-23-0

Interceptions lost: W 0, P 0

Fumbles lost: W 0, P 2

Punts-avg: W 1-16, P 3-26

Return yds: W 46, P 111

Penalties-yds: W 5-50, P 9-66

INDIVIDUAL STATS

Wyandotte Bears (2-3, 1-0) — RUSHING: Mylik George 16 runs for 96 yards, Gunner Hudson 21-55-2 TDs, Angel Torres 6-24-2 TDs, Seth Shuttlesworth 2-19. PASSING: Gunner Hudson 6 completions from 12 attempts for 130 yds and 2 TDs. RECEIVING: Braxton Douthit 3 catches for 71 yds and 1 TD, Ryan Cooper 2-58-1 TD.

Pawhuska Huskies (1-4, 1-1) — RUSHING: Caleb Bruce 19 carries for 34 yards and 1 TD, John Bighorse 10-35, Colton Hindman 5-12-1 TD, Hayden Javellas 2-1-1 TD. PASSING: Colton Hindman 16 completions in 22 attempts for 182 yds, Caleb Bruce 0-0-0. RECEIVING: Trey RedEagle 5 catches for 91 yards, Marshall Tolson 4-61, Warren Graves 2-14, Hayden Javellas 2-26, John BigHorse 2-7, Caleb Bruce 1-3.