Huskies host Morrison Friday night

Chris Day |

Morrison High School has won 14 state football championships since 1984, and moved from 8-man Class B football to 11-man Class A football in that time frame.

Pawhuska Coach Joe Tillman said the town of Morrison revolves around high school football, and the team is always championship caliber.

Morrison comes to Ormand Beach Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. Friday. It’s the home opener for the Huskies, and season opener for the Wildcats.

The Wildcats opened the 2016 season against the Huskies, and captured a 30-12 victory. Morrison finished the year with a 12-3 mark, advancing to the Class A semifinals.

Wildcats running back Ryker Hughes will lead the Morrison offense. Hughes rushed for more than 2,300 yards and 28 touchdowns in 2016.

Morrison will run a Wing-T offense. It’s the second straight week Pawhuska will see a Wing-T. Kellyville ran it in the season opener last week.

Morrison doesn’t do anything fancy, Tillman said. They run the ball and wear opponents down.

“They never give up. They are a physical football team,” Tillman said. “They will be tough.”

The Huskies will be happy to finally play a game at Ormand Beach Memorial Stadium. PHS was scheduled to scrimmage Barnsdall and play Kellyville at home. Those games were moved because of the methane gas leak at Pawhuska High School. The high school and junior high didn’t start classes until Wednesday.

Tillman said the team is looking forward to the home game.

“It will be nice to be at home and play in front of our fans at Ormand Beach Memorial Stadium,” he said.