Huskies host Tonkawa in district opener

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Pawhuska running back R.J. McCann had seven carries against Hominy. He may spend more time in the backfield Friday night because of the illness of running back Hunter Reed.

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The second season kicks off Friday night at Ormand Beach Memorial Stadium when Pawhuska High School opens district play against undefeated Tonkawa.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

District 1 just may be one of the toughest districts in Class 2A. Two teams — Alva and Tonkawa — are undefeated, while Chisholm has just one loss. Alva has scored 239 points while allowing just 60. It’s nearly a 4-1 pace. Chisholm also is scoring nearly four times as many points as it allows. It has scored 160 points while giving up just 43.

Tonkawa is scoring at nearly a 2-1 ratio, scoring 194, while opponents have just tallied 99.

Perry also has outscored its foes 217-173 enroute to a 3-2 record.

Tonkawa at Pawhuska

The Buccaneers opened district play Friday with a 58-38 victory over Perry. Tonkawa never trailed in the Perry game, and had built a 35-14 halftime lead.

Running back Carmen Plugger rushed for 286 yards and two touchdowns. He also led the team in tackles with 17. Quarterback Rustin Martin rushed for 277 yards and four touchdowns. He also threw a touchdown pass.

Tonkawa and Pawhuska have a common opponent. Both teams have played Morrison.

Tonkawa defeated Morrison 27-14 on Sept. 8. A week earlier, Pawhuska was shutout 56-0 by Morrison.

Pawhuska didn’t play Friday night. It was the Huskies bye week. Coach Joe Tillman gave the injury-riddled team the weekend off for a little rest and recuperation.

However, PHS added another to the injury list last week. Running back/linebacker Hunter Reed likely will miss several weeks with an illness.

Running back/defensive lineman Brian Jeffers was recovering from a high ankle sprain that he sustained in the Sept. 15 game against Hominy. Quarterback/defensive back Cade McNeil continues to recover from torn ligaments in his ankle.

The Huskies will be thin at several positions against Tonkawa. Tre Harper is expected to make his second start at quarterback. Sophomore running back R.J. McCann had seven carries against Hominy.

Reed also is one of the Huskies defensive leaders, usually leading the team in tackles each game.

The injuries mean depth is a big concern for the Huskies — just as it was in the Hominy game.

Most of the Huskies play offensive and defense. When a player needed a play or two rest against Hominy, Tillman said he’d let the player come out, look around on the sideline and have to send in a replacement who didn’t have any experience at the position.