Pawhuska falls to Hennessey 51-12

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.

HENNESSEY — First half miscues proved costly for the Pawhuska football team Thursday night in their Class 2A-1 district game against Hennessey at Eagles Stadium.

Pawhuska quarterback Cade McNeil was sacked in the end zone on the game’s third play, and Hennessey led 2-0. The first half also included two fumbles and two interceptions that led to Eagles touchdowns. Hennessey led 51-0 at halftime, but the Huskies didn’t give up. They scored twice in the second half to make the final 51-12.

Hennessey running back Dillion Joyce was a thorn in Pawhuska’s side. He rushed for 182 yards on 10 carries and scored 3 touchdowns. Eagles quarterback Zane Hugaboom scored on a 35-yard run and connected with Aidan Craun on a 35-yard TD pass. Craun also picked up a Pawhuska fumbled and returned it 35 yards for a score.

Hennessey started taking out its starters in the second quarter. The starters didn’t play in the second half.

Pawhuska scored twice in the second half. The Huskies used an 12-play drive for a third-quarter TD. Running back Brian Jeffers went in from the 5 yard line.

Jeffers would score after the Huskies tackled Eagles punter Kevin Suarez at the Hennessey 10. Three plays later, Jeffers burst threw the Eagles line for a 2-yard TD.

The game was delayed for about 15 minutes in the second quarter when Pawhuska junior Price Perrier was injured trying to block a Hennessey extra point. Perrier sustained a leg injury, but was alert as he was taken off the field and place in an ambulance. The extent of Perrier’s injury was unknown Friday morning.

Pawhuska will be traveling to Alva for a 7 p.m. Thursday Class 2A-1 clash.