HUSKIES FOOTBALL: Open week for Huskies precedes start of tough District 2A-1 play

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

Four weeks into the 2016 high school football campaign, the Pawhuska Huskies have experienced the thrill of victory, agony, three defeats, a rainout, a road trip into the heart of earthquake country, an unhappy homecoming and an incomplete game.

Since the PHS season opener was played during Zero Week, the Huskies will have this Friday off before re-starting the “second season” in their new state District 2A-1. Pawhuska begins its district slate on Sept. 30 with a game against a familiar foe, the Tonkawa Buccaneers. A week later, on Friday, Oct. 7, the Huskies travel to Newkirk to face another longtime opponent, the Newkirk Tigers.

Back-to-back Thursday home games will follow, pitting PHS against two of its new district rivals — the Hennessey Eagles on Oct. 13 and, on Oct. 20, the Alva Goldbugs. Friday football returns Oct. 28 when Huskie fans hit the trail to take on the District’s preseason favorite, the Chisholm Longhorns. The regular season concludes Nov. 4 with the district finale at Ormand Beach Stadium against another of Pawhuska’s old rivals, the Perry Maroon.

Tonkawa, the Huskies’ next opponent, is unbeaten (3-0) going into Friday’s 2A-1 opener at Perry. One early victim of thw Bucs was Morrison, who they defeated, 15-0, the Friday after the Wildcats throttled the locals, 30-12. Perry is 3-1, while Newkirk is 0-3, Hennessey (1-3), Chisholm is 3-0 and Alva, 4-0.