Huskies’ conditioning may be a plus

Robert Smith rsmith@pawhuskajournalcapital.com

Pawhuska High School football coach Matt Hennesy said Monday the Huskies’ next opponent, Oklahoma Union, will have a similar ground-offense approach to the one that Kellyville displayed last Friday.

Kellyville defeated a feisty PHS squad 36-20 in the season opener at Ormond Beach Stadium.

“They’re huge up front,” Hennesy said of Oklahoma Union. He added, however, Oklahoma Union has 28 players, a lot of them playing on both sides of the ball. That’s the type of team Pawhuska has, as well.

“Hopefully our conditioning can play more of a factor than it did last week; maybe wear them out a little more than we did in the other game,” Hennesy said.

Yet, he remained clear that the process of building a good football program is going to take time, and taking shortcuts isn’t the answer.

“It’s a process. We’ve talked about that all along,” Hennesy said. “I keep reminding myself, more than anybody else, not to take shortcuts.”

As he approaches the next game, the coach knows a little bit more about how energized his players are, as they fight to improve. Hennesy named players of the game for the Kellyville game. They are J.T. Waddle on offense; Hunter Reed on defense; and Easton Kirk on special teams.

Waddle, the Huskies’ leading receiver Aug. 24, had five receptions for 84 yards. Reed, the leading tackler, had 15 total tackles, including six for losses. Kirk had two long punts for a total of 119 yards, and a 59.5 yard average per punt, Hennesy said, adding those kicks were meaningful.

Bryce Drummond and Waddle had 11 tackles each, tying for second in total tackles, and Drummond threw for 205 yards.