It’s the little victories that mean a lot

Chris Day
Journal-Capital
Pawhuska running back Brian Jeffers lead the Huskies with 34 yards on 19 carries against the Hennessey Eagles Thursday night. He scored PHS’s two touchdowns. Hennessey’s Dalton Joyce (75) and Aidan Craun (34) battle blocks. Chris Day/Journal-Capital

Injuries continue two create havoc for the Pawhuska High School football team. The Huskies only dressed 17 players for Monday’s practice after Price Perrier, Gage Severns and Dylan Doyal sustained injuries in Thursday’s 51-12 loss at Hennessey.

Perrier broke his tibia and fibula in the second quarter of the Hennessey game. Perrier’s injury occurred on a point-after touchdown kick. Play was stopped for approximately 20 minutes as medical personnel attended to Perrier on the field. Eventually, he was taken on a gurney to a waiting ambulance.

Pawhuska Coach Joe Tillman said Monday that Perrier, a junior, had surgery to repair the broken bones.

Huskies senior lineman Gage Severns sustained a concussion against the Eagles, and freshman lineman Dylan Doyle injured a knee.

Pawhuska will be seriously outmanned against the Alva Goldbugs on Thursday. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. in Alva.

The Goldbugs (6-1, 2-1) have 53 players on their roster. Tillman said the Huskies will have 17 players on its sidelines.

“We will show up in Alva and fight,” Tillman said Monday night. “We know what we are up against, but this football team has a lot of spirit.”

Alva is led by running back Dalton Hess and quarterback Mitchell Meyer. Alva is coming off a 57-40 victory over the Perry Maroons last week.

The Goldbugs ran 50 plays for 488 yards and seven touchdowns — five scores on the ground and two in the air.

Meyer completed 10 of 16 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns. Hess rushed for 218 yards on 14 carries. He scored four rushing touchdowns. Five players recorded sacks for Alva in the Perry game. Lane Scarborough had three sacks and Danield Toone recorded two.

Hennessey 51, Pawhuska 12

Everything that could go wrong did in Pawhuska’s loss to Hennessey Thursday night at Eagles Stadium.

Pawhuska fumbled four times, and Hennessey recovered two of the wildly bouncing balls. Hennessey’s Aidan Craun scooped Pawhuska’s first fumble and returned it 34 yards for the Eagle’s second touchdown of the game.

The Eagles had built a 9-0 led before Craun’s scoop and score. In its first series, Pawhuska quarterback Cade McNeil was sacked in the Huskie’s end zone for a safety. Quarterback Zane Hugaboom scored the Eagle’s initial touchdown on a 35-yard quarterback sneak on fourth-and-one at the Pawhuska 35.

The Eagles started their scoring with a first quarter safety. Pawhuska quarterback Cade McNeil was sacked in the end zone for the safety.

In the second quarter, Hennessey picked off two McNeil passes. Both interceptions led to Eagles TDs.

Hennessey scored on big plays in the first half. The Eagles had a Hugaboom’s 35-yard run, Craun’s 34-yard fumble return for a TD, Craun’s 35-yard TD pass from Hugaboom, and 68- and 65-yard touchdown runs by Joyce.

At the half, the scores was Hennessey 51, Pawhuska 0.

During halftime, Tillman told his charges to start the second half as if it were a 0-0 game. He challenged the Huskies to win the second half, and they did. Pawhuska outscored Hennessey 12-0 in the final two stanzas.

“We won the second half 12-0,” Tillman said, adding the two PHS scores came against the Eagle reserves. Hennessey didn’t play its starters in the second half.

“We will take the little victories and build upon them,” Tillman said.

The Huskies scored on 12 play, 70-yard drive to start the second half. In the fourth quarter, PHS stopped Hennessey punter Cole Joyce on a fourth-down play and set up shop at the Hennessey 10. Jeffers scored on a 2-yard run.

“We had a lot of positives in the second half,” Tillman said.