Huskies hope for happy homecoming

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital
Huskies hope for happy homecoming

Homecoming week will also be accountability week for the Pawhuska Huskies football team, high school principal/head coach Joe Sindelar said Monday.

After a less-than-stellar PHS performance at Wyandotte allowed the Bears to feast on the Huskies for their homecoming, Sindelar expressed concern over a lack of focus by the local squad. Pawhuska had a beautiful start and looked great on its final drive of the night — but, in between, there was a whole lot of ugly.

“All of us, coaches included, need to be accountable to the team,” the coach said. “I’m going to make sure everyone knows that what happened last Friday is just not acceptable.”

Friday night’s non-district 2A foe, the Kansas Comets, will come into the game with an 0-6 record. Kansas lost last week’s outing at Adair, 62-8, and has been outscored 223-28 on the year. In week 2, the Comets lost to Wyandotte, 32-6…hmmm. PHS won last year’s meeting at Kansas, 17-0.

The Huskie defense opened strong in last week’s District 2A-8 road test, forcing a Wyandotte punt less than a minute into the game. Pawhuska’s third offensive play was one for the ages as Warren Graves bounced a third-down-and-nine run outside and accelerated past bewildered Bears and up the home sideline for an 87-­yard touchdown.

Wyandotte answered with a strong kickoff return en route to a game-tying score three minutes later on a one-yard plunge by Roberto Bravo Jr. — a name that would come to live in infamy (at least for the night) among Huskie fans. One of many breakdowns in the PHS pass coverage gave the Bears a go-ahead TD with 3:36 left in the opening period — with Carson Loncarich going 49 yards on a screen pass. Nathan Richardson picked off the conversion pass attempt to keep the Huskies within sic, at 12-6.

In second quarter, Wyandotte outscored PHS, 16-­0, with a pair of touchdowns and a safety. It could have been worse except for a pair of interceptions, deep in Huskie territory, by Richardson and J.R. Young. The Bears went forward to a 48-13 homecoming win in their district season opener, while the Huskies dropped to 1-1 in 2A-8 and 1-4 overall.

Richardson’s second-quarter interception granted the Huskies only temporary relief, however. A snap over the punter four plays later gave the Bears an 8-point advantage. Wyandotte then went on a 76-yard drive to a TD pass from quarterback Braxton Douthit to Loncarich with less than three minutes to play in the half. Wyandotte scored once more before the break to go up 28-6. The Bears were driving again until the interception by Young.

The second half was all Bears until the Huskies marched 84 yards in 12 plays for the game’s final score. No time was left on the clock when Graves ran 17 yards for his second TD and Caleb Bruce kicked the extra point. Jeffers, a target of gang tackles throughout the contest, gained some mild payback in the fourth quarter. He blocked an extra point boot following the last Wyandotte TD before rushing for consecutive pickups of nine and 23 yards on the Huskies’ futile final drive.

Bravo, a Wyandotte sophomore, ran for three TDs and returned an interception (one of two he made in the third quarter) for a fourth score. Loncarich, a junior, caught eight Douthit passes for two TDs and 199 yards.

PHS quarterback Colton Hindman may be suspended for the Kansas contest after being ejected in the early third quarter at Wyandotte. The referee apparently mistook Hindman’s reaction to a foul by one of the Bear defenders to be a punch — although the incident occurred near the Wyandotte sideline and evoked little reaction from the home team or its fans.

Wyandotte 48, Pawhuska 13

Pawhuska Huskies: 6 - 0 - 0 - 7 — 13

Wyandotte Bears: 12 - 16 - 20 - 0 — 48

1st quarter

P — Warren Graves 87-yd run (kick fail), 9:43

W — Roberto Bravo 1-yd run (kick fail), 7:00

W — Carson Loncarich 49-yd pass from Braxton Douthit (pass fail), 3:36

2nd quarter

W — Safety, snap out of end zone, 6:44

W — Loncarich 16-yd pass from Douthit (kick fail), 2:43

W — Bravo 4-yd run (Bravo run), 1:20

3rd quarter

W — Bravo 16-yd interception return (Douthit kick), 6:45

W — Bravo 11-yd run (Douthit kick), 1:23

W — Douthit 2-yd run (kick blocked), :21

4th quarter

P — Graves 17-yd run (Caleb Bruce kick), 0:00

GAME STATISTICS

1st downs: Pawhuska 8, Wyandotte 19

Rushes-yards: P 32-191, W 40-129

Passing yards: P 11, W 205

Pass comp-att-int: P 6-20-2, W 9-19-2

Return yards: P 119, W 103

Punts-avg.: P 8-31, W 4-36

Penalties-yds: P 11-102, W 7-58

Rushing

Pawhuska — Warren Graves 9 carries for 139 yards (2 TDs), Brian Jeffers 12-37, Caleb Bruce 8-19, Colton Hindman 2-0, Nathan Richardson 1-1.

Wyandotte — Roberto Bravo 21 carries for 82 yards (3 TDs), Braxton Douthit 13-36-1 TD, Zach Garrett 3-0, Caleb Hurst 2-4, Denton Ward 1-8.

Passing

Pawhuska — Colton Hindman 4 completions from 13 attempts for 13 yds, Caleb Bruce 2-7-minus 2 yds-2 intercepted

Wyandotte — Braxton Douthit 9 of 19 for 205 yds with 2 TD and 2 intercepted.

Receiving

Pawhuska — William Merrill 2 catches for 9 yds, Gage Dagenais 2-7, Brian Jeffers 2-0.

Wyandotte — Carson Loncarich 8 catches for 199 yds (2 TDs), Caleb Hurst 1-6.