Huskies crush Kellyville in season opener

Robert Smith
Pawhuska quarterback Bryce Drummond looks for a receiver during action against Kellyville. Drummond threw for 388 yards and three touchdowns. He ran for four more scores in the Huskies’ 57-16 season-opening win Friday at Ormond Beach Memorial Stadium. Robert Smith/Journal-Capital

Bryce Drummond set the tone for Pawhuska’s 57-16 home win Friday over Kellyville, running 53 yards for a touchdown on the Huskies’ first play from scrimmage for the season. Drummond ran to his left, broke through and was gone.

Drummond led the Huskies in rushing, with 96 yards on 15 carries and four touchdowns.

When the Huskies’ two-point attempt was good, Pawhuska led 8-0 with 11:34 to go in the first quarter. They stretched the lead to 14-0 when Drummond passed to Easton Kirk for a score with 6:39 left in the quarter. The two-point attempt was unsuccessful.

Kellyville fumbled on the kickoff return that followed, but Pawhuska was unable to make anything of the turnover, as Drummond threw the first of his three interceptions for the evening. The Huskies’ Tre Harper turned things around again, promptly intercepting a Kellyville pass.

Early in the second quarter, Pawhuska scored on a pass from Drummond to Cade McNeil and extended its lead to 22-0.

Kellyville almost scored on its next possession, but Pawhuska’s Evan Frye turned on some of the speed that made him a state placer last spring in the 400-meter dash and caught the Kellyville ball carrier, pushing him out of bounds at the Pawhuska three-yard-line. On the next play, Kellyville fumbled and Pawhuska recovered, ending that scoring threat with 8:07 left in the first half.

Pawhuska was unable to move the ball away from its goal, and Kellyville intercepted a Bryce Drummond pass to take over possession at the Pawhuska 16-yard line. The Ponies were unable to convert on their opportunity, however, as the Huskies’ Dalton Hurd snagged an interception.

With 5:38 left in the half, Kellyville put up its only points of the first half, when Drummond threw a pick-six. Kellyville converted on a two-point try and the score was 22-8 in favor of the Huskies.

Pawhuska finished out the first half with a 30-8 lead, as Drummond ran 40 yards for a touchdown with 42.1 seconds left. The two-point try was good.

Kellyville narrowed Pawhuska’s lead with 7:01 left in the third quarter, when the Ponies’ Travoris Mcfadden scored on a 49-yard touchdown play. The two-point try was good and the score was 30-16.

Pawhuska turned the ball over on downs on its next possession, but Cade McNeil set up the next Huskies scoring drive when he intercepted a Kellyville pass at the Huskies 24-yard line.

Drummond went long to his left, to speedster Mason Gilkey, who made it to the Kellyville 1 before a defender caught up with him. Drummond then scored on a keeper and Pawhuska increased its lead to 38-16. The Huskies scored again before the end of the third quarter, on another Bryce Drummond run, and went up 44-16.

From that point on, Pawhuska was firmly in control.

Bryce Drummond was 17 of 28 passing for 388 yards, three scores and three interceptions. Easton Kirk ran for 62 yards and had another 41 yards on two receptions, one of them for a touchdown. Cade McNeil had 9 catches for 192 yards and two touchdowns. Kevin Davis had 21 yards rushing on three carries and a touchdown.

Pawhuska kicker A.J. Soliano added the exclamation point to the victory with a successful point-after-touchdown kick following the last touchdown of the game. It was the only time all evening the Huskies went for one point rather than two. The Huskies are scheduled to be at home again this Friday, versus Oklahoma Union. Start time will be 7 p.m.