Hominy rocks Barnsdall

Mike Tupa

Experiments in physics.

Try to catch lightning in a bottle.

Try to put a lasso around a moonbeam.

Try to catch a fish with a wet noodle.

Now you have some understanding of what the Hominy High School football team went through Friday night against the Barnsdall greased barracuda Michael Marin.

He wiggled, wriggled, blasted, surged, bolted, rumbled and slashed to 255 yards of total offense and three touchdowns.

Unfortunately, the thunderclap heroics of Marin and quarterback Joe Cole (110 yards rushing, 191 yards passing, four touchdowns) weren’t enough to win the night.

The Hominy Bucks hammered to a 38-6 halftime lead and held on to beat the Barnsdall Panthers, 52-34, in a Class A battle of the powers.

Hominy (2-1) handed the Panthers (3-1) their first season loss.

“It took us a halftime lecture to get focused,” said Barnsdall head coach Kylee Sweeney. “It’s tough to win over there at Hominy. … They came out and hit us in the mouth. The biggest highlight for us is that we came out and responded the way we did in the second half.”

The Panthers outscored Hominy, 28-14, after halftime — and the starters for both teams stayed on the field, Sweeney noted.

Marin — who had been limited earlier this season by injury — ran for 128 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. He also made two catches for 127 yards and two touchdowns.

Cole and Marin hooked up to open Barnsdall’s second half rally by connecting on an 80-yard touchdown play.

Cole completed 6-of-17 passes for 191 yards and three touchdowns — but, unfortunately, also throwing two picks.

He ran for 110 yards, and a score, on 14 carries.

Heath Mole contributed three catches and a touchdown.

Christian Warford came up just a few inches shy of scoring another Barnsdall touchdown.

In the final seconds of the first half, Cole completed a pass to Warford, who took the ball to the house for an apparent 65-yard touchdown with no time showing on the clock.

But, the officials reversed the play, ruling Cole had gone one step beyond the line of scrimmage when he launched the throw.

But, Barnsdall never quit battling.

After the game, I told them if that team that out in the second half could play like that in our remaining games for all four quarters we could go a long ways,” Sweeney said.

But, the Panthers will need to focus on defense going forward.

“Defensively, we did not play well,” said Sweeney, explaining Hominy got its running game going early.

Sweeney felt a little extra salt in the wound of defeat because he is a Hominy graduate and a former member of the Hominy football coaching staff.

The Panthers will regroup from this setback and get ready for this week’s home district collision with Pawhuska.