Hunter Reed named AllState in Class A football

Robert Smith
Pawhuska Huskies Head Coach Matt Hennesy is shown here with, from left, Hunter Reed, Easton Kirk and Cade McNeil. All three have been named football All Stars by Class. Reed was named All State. Robert Smith/Journal-Capital

Three Pawhuska High School football players — all of them seniors during the 2019 season — have been named All Stars by Class. One of the three, Hunter Reed, has been named to the All State team at linebacker.

Pawhuska is a Class A school in football.

Reed’s teammates Cade McNeil and Easton Kirk were named All Stars by Class at receiver. Kirk was a standout wherever he played — at running back, receiver and defensive back, Pawhuska Head Coach Matt Hennesy said.

The three honorees were members of a 2019 Huskies team that excelled both on the field and in the classroom. Their on-field record was 11 wins, 2 losses and a third-round playoff appearance. Reed and McNeil played four years with the Huskies’ football team. Kirk played two years.

The Huskies’ record in the classroom during football season was a group grade-point average of 3.61, with 44 of 46 team members earning grade-point averages of 3.0 or better; 34 of the 44 had averages between 3.5 and 4.0.

Coach Hennesy said he anticipates that either McNeil or Kirk will probably be chosen to play in the All State Game.

Reed said he felt good about the All State honor, but credited his teammates and coaches for helping him reach that level of play.

“I wouldn’t be here without my teammates and my coaches making me a better man and a better player all at the same time,” Reed said.

Kirk, who said the honor was exciting, added that he felt “privileged.”

“I think I’m the first one in my family that’s gotten this,” McNeil said, noting a brother and two cousins had also played.

Hennesy said all three young men deserve credit for stepping up as team leaders during the turnaround of the Pawhuska football program.

“All three of them have Cs on their jerseys,” Hennesy said, referring to Reed, Kirk and McNeil having been named captains.