PHS host Morrison for Homecoming

Robert Smith rsmith@pawhuskajournalcapital.com

Last Friday was a confidence builder for the Pawhuska Huskies, as they thrashed Woodland 50-8 and raised their season record to 2-1. That’s two road wins in a row.

Now, Matt Hennesy’s pups head for what promises to be a stiff Homecoming test Friday night at Ormond Beach Memorial Stadium against 3-0 Morrison.

“Our kids played really good,” Hennesy said of the win over Woodland. He credited the Huskies with executing their game plan and delivering a big win.

He said he thinks the team understands it needs to stay focused on the football game this Friday night, rather than all the Homecoming hoopla.

Focusing on Morrison should be enough for any young team.

“They’re the top team in our district. They’re ranked No. 3 in the state right now,” Hennesy said. “They just do everything right. Their whole team does everything right the whole time. It’ll be a big challenge.”

On the other hand, the Huskies have nothing really to lose by letting it all hang out and relishing their underdog role Friday. There will come a time when Pawhuska does well enough that it won’t sneak up on anyone anymore, Hennesy said, but for now the role of determined underdog will do.

In the win last Friday over Woodland, quarterback Bryce Drummond won honors as the offensive player of the week. Cade McNeil won honors as defensive player of the week. And kicker A.J. Soliano won recognition as special teams player of the week.

On defense, McNeil had two interceptions and a fumble recovery, personally accounting for three of the five turnovers that the Huskies were able to take from Woodland. On offense, Drummond threw for 354 yards and six touchdowns, four of them to McNeil.

Hennesy said the Homecoming pageantry will be held before the game Friday. Once the ceremonial aspect is over, it will be time again for the 2018 Huskies to test their mettle.