Huskies defeat Union Sophomores, 40-0, in soggy conditions

Robert Smith

The Pawhuska Huskies defeated the Tulsa Union High School sophomore squad by a score of 40-0 last Thursday night, in cold wet weather.

Pawhuska ran its season record to 9-0 and it will now have a week off to rest, recuperate and make changes before playing host on Friday, Nov. 8, to the Pawnee Black Bears. Pawnee is 8-0 and has a road game Friday against Drumright, which is winless. The Black Bears will most likely still be undefeated when they come to Pawhuska, so the matchup between Pawnee and Pawhuska will probably be for the District A-5 title.

Pawhuska head coach Matt Hennesy said the big take-away from the game with Union was that the Huskies had to adjust to playing in bad weather.

“We needed to play in that weather,” Hennesy said. “That was the big deal that I was happy about.”

He said it was important for his team to get a taste of bad conditions now, in hopes of being prepared to variable weather conditions during the playoffs.

“I always tell them it’s a privilege to get to play in the cold,” Hennesy said, the idea being that if you’re playing through November and into December, you must be pretty good.

Pawhuska quarterback Bryce Drummond threw for one touchdown and ran for two more against the Union Sophomores. Drummond rushed for 77 yards on 11 carries and raised his season rushing total to 623 yards with 16 rushing touchdowns.

On defense, senior Hunter Reed led the way with 10 tackles and Jack Long followed with nine. Long also had two sacks.

Kevin Davis made important plays on both sides of the ball. On defense, he had a fumble recovery and a sack. On offense, he scored both a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown. Davis had more than 100 combined yards for the game — 71 receiving yards, 34 rushing yards and another five yards on a kickoff return.

The game versus the Tulsa Union sophomores was also the annual Pink Out night, as Pawhuska players wore special game jerseys that bore the names of people they had chosen to honor. The honorees are cancer survivors or people who currently are fighting cancer.

The jerseys are to be auctioned off at the Pawnee game, and the money from the auction is to be donated to the family of Coach Duke Atterberry, who is currently battling cancer.

Last week’s PJ-C game story incorrectly listed the Tulsa Union game for Friday, Oct. 25, rather than Thursday, Oct. 24. The PJ-C regrets the error.