Pawhuska puts the bite on Panthers

Robert Smith

After a relatively hard-fought first quarter and early second quarter that saw Pawhuska score two rushing touchdowns and take a 14-6 lead over Barnsdall, the Huskies blew the doors off and went to the locker room at halftime with a 38-6 lead.

Heath Moles, Barnsdall’s leading receiver, caught a touchdown from quarterback Joe Cole with 9:31 left in the second quarter to give the visiting Panthers their only truly satisfying moment of the opening half. After that, it might have been called “The Mason Gilkey Show.”

The speedy six-foot, three-inch sophomore receiver caught three touchdown passes from Pawhuska quarterback Bryce Drummond. The first of the three was a 29-yard strike on fourth down with 6:46 left in the quarter. The Huskies successfully went for two and the score was 22-6. The next Drummond-to-Gilkey connection came with 2:50 left before the half, and the third with 1:23 left.

Easton Kirk caught a touchdown pass from Drummond with a little more than eight minutes left in the third quarter and the score was 46-6 after Pawhuska made its two-point attempt.

Barnsdall nearly scored on its next possession, moving inside the Pawhuska five-yard-line, but the Huskies’ defense held on fourth down and PHS took over possession of the ball with 3:15 to go in the third quarter.

With 9:02 left in the fourth quarter, Gilkey caught his fourth touchdown pass of the night, the Huskies converted for two and the score was 54-6.

Barnsdall’s Joe Cole hit Moles with a fourth down pass for a touchdown with 4:29 left to cut the score to 54-12, but Todd Drummond put the icing on the cake for Pawhuska with 45 seconds left, throwing a scoring pass to A.J. Soliano.

Bryce Drummond was 19 of 26 passing for the evening, with 328 yards and five touchdowns. Drummond also ran 13 times for 45 yards and a score.

Gilkey, who previously had seven catches for the season but none for scores, caught four balls for 129 yards and four touchdowns Friday. The only two Huskies with more touchdown grabs are Cade McNeil and Easton Kirk, each of whom has five.

The Huskies raised their record to 5-0 while Barnsdall dropped to 4-1. Pawhuska is scheduled to be at Tonkawa this Friday.