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Huskies headed back to playoffs

The Pawhuska Huskies will play Friday night at Salina in a first-round football game of the Class 2A high school state playoffs.

It is the fourth straight playoff appearance for PHS. The Huskies finished their regular season with a 4-6 record following last week’s 39-6 loss to the Adair Warriors a District 2A-7 championship game played at Ormand Beach Memorial Stadium. Adair repeated as 2A-7 champs, going 6-0 in the district and 9-1 overall.

“They were pretty good, but they didn’t do anything that surprised us,” Craig said of the Warriors. “Going against them was like having a playoff prep game.”

The veteran coach hopes the difficult experience will benefit the Huskies in their upcoming game.

“We’ll get another opportunity this week,” said Craig, a 33-year coaching veteran who is in his first season at Pawhuska. “Maybe this time we won’t be so shell-shocked.”

As the third-place finisher in its district, PHS will play the Wildcats, who were 8-2 and runnersup of the 2A-8 district. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Craig said Salina relies heavily on its running game, but can also pose a threat with the pass. With linemen that weigh in the 220-to-265 pound range, “they’re more of a power team,” the coach added. (Also, the quarterback of the Wildcats is named Backward, and the Huskies will need to stop him to move forward.)

Elsewhere on Friday, Adair hosts Kansas and Colcord will visit 2A-7 runner-up Nowata. Chelsea, the fourth-place team in the district, plays Pawhuska’s first-round opponent from a year ago — the thus-far unbeaten Commerce Tigers. Also, Barnsdall and Hominy (both with 5-5 marks in Class A) go to Afton and Summit Christian, respectively, for meetings with 9-1 foes. And, Class B Woodland (6-4) is traveling to Keota.

Warriors 39, Huskies 6

Adair Warriors: The Next Generation proved to be a worthy upgrade.

The Warriors retained the District 2A-7 high school football championship Friday night by completing their fourth straight season as district unbeatens with a 39-6 home demolition of the Pawhuska High School Huskies.

Playing for the last time Adair before continued flexing its muscle

In last year’s 2012 regular-season finale at Adair, seniors Brady Bradbury and Zak Woolman were the Warrior stars in a 38-14 triumph over the Huskies. This time, it was that pair’s younger brothers who played major roles as Adair earned its second straight 2A-7 title with a dominating performance at Ormand Beach Memorial Stadium.

Freshman quarterback B.J. Bradbury filled his graduated sibling’s shoes as the Warrior signal-caller and, if anything, he’s already needing to wear a bigger size. Bradbury ran for the first touchdown of the game and passed for three additional scores as Adair attacked to a 32-0 halftime lead. With the Huskies battling desperately to make a second-half stand, sophomore Ben Woolman supplied the coup de gras for the visitors when he bolted 34 yards to the contest’s final points.

The district victory was the 27th in a row for the Warriors, who wrapped up a 6-0 district run and will take a 9-1 record into the playoffs. In week three, Oklahoma City Millwood had dealt Adair its first regular-season defeat since 2010 with a 34-7 thrashing. On Friday, however, the Warriors were as unyielding on defense as their offense was unstoppable.

With a repeat of its 2A-7 championship on the line, Adair methodically ground out a dozen first downs in each of the opening quarters. Although the Huskie defense held the potent foe below its 47 points-per-game average, but the Warriors still piled up 306 rushing yards to go with 175 yards through the air. (On defense, Adair has allowed opponents to nine points per contest.)

Junior wideout James Eastin caught only two passes for the Warriors, but both were for touchdowns. His grab of a 16-yarder from Bradbury seven minutes into the game gave Adair a 12-0 lead. Eastin also was on the receiving end of a 30-yard scoring strike early in the second period, one play after Bradbury made a leaping interception. PHS gained 46 net yards and picked up three first downs in the initial half, while Adair scored on its first five possessions and was 14 yards from the end zone again when the horn sounded for intermission.

Pawhuska came out battling in the second half, as both teams continued to send their starters out on the field. Adair’s initial offensive series was halted on downs and the second ended with the first Warrior punt of the evening. The Huskies finally got on the board with two minutes left in the third quarter.

Following an Adair muff of a wind-blown, 45-plus-yard punt by Huskie quarterback Zalin Edwards, PHS senior Bryce Wilson recovered the ball inside the Warrior five-yard line. One play later, Edwards ran across for to put the score at 32-6. The Warriors then marched 90 yards in eight plays, capped by a 34-yard TD bolt by sophomore Woolman. An extra-point kick by Rosebrough concluded the game’s scoring.

At QB, Bradbury completed 14 of 22 passes for 175 yards and three TDs while running 17 times for 154 yards. The Warriors collected a combined 306 yards on the ground. As both teams continued sending their starters to the field, the Huskies battled on near-even terms in the second half. The initial Adair offensive series was stopped on downs and the second ended with the first Warrior punt of the evening.

Pawhuska finally got on the board with two minutes to play in the third quarter following an Adair muff of a wind-blown, 48-yard punt off the foot of the Huskies’ Zalin Edwards. PHS senior Bryce Wilson recovered the mishandled punt at the Warrior three-yard line and, on the next play from scrimmage, quarterback Edwards ran across for a touchdown to make the score 32-6. Adair responded by marching 90 yards in eight plays, with a final TD coming on a breakaway by Woolman down the visitors’ sideline. An extra-point kick concluded the scoring.

The Warriors took the opening kickoff 65 yards to paydirt in two minutes and 24 seconds. Adair’s six-play blitzkrieg ended with a four-yard touchdown run by Bradbury, who carried the ball four times in the series and passed it once. On their second possession, the Warriors moved 63 yards in nine plays (not including a run to the end zone that was brought back by a holding penalty) before scoring again off a four-yard, Bradbury-to-Eastin pass.

An 11-play, 74-yard drive on the third Adair possession culminated less than one minute into the second period with junior Hunter Rosebrough’s catch of a 20-yard TD throw by Bradbury — which put the Warriors up, 19-0. One play after Bradbury made a leaping interception (and just 23 seconds after his last TD throw), the fantastic freshman connected with Eastin again for a 30-yard score. Adair senior running back Cody Yoder cashed one in from a yard out to cap an 11-play, 72-yard drive that extended the lead to 32 five minutes before the break.

The outstanding two-way play of Wilson provided a rallying point for the Huskies. The senior safety/receiver made 14 tackles and intercepted a pass (his sixth of the season). Wilson also had best rushing and receiving gains for PHS. His two catches for 31 yards included a 20-yarder in the first quarter in which he pulled down the ball on what appeared to be a certain interception.

A 40-plus yard Wilson reception in the third period was negated by an illegal block. On the play, Edwards zipped a strike to Wilson on a crossing pattern despite taking a monster shot from the Warrior’s rush.

Adair 39, Pawhuska 6

Adair 13 19 0 7 — 39

Pawhuska 0 0 6 0 — 6

First quarter

A — B.J. Bradbury 4-yard run (kick failed), 9:36

A — James Eastin 16-yard pass from B.J. Bradbury (Hunter Rosebrough kick), 4:50

Second quarter

A — Hunter Rosebrough 20-yard pass from Bradbury (kick failed), 11:12

A — Eastin 30-yard pass from Bradbury (Rosebrough kick), 10:49

A — Cody Yoder 1-yard run (kick failed), 4:56

Third quarter

P — Zalin Edwards 3-yard run (pass failed), 2:00

Fourth quarter

A — Ben Woolman 34-yard run (Rosebrough kick), 10:04

TEAM STATISTICS

First downs: Adair 29, PHS 8

Rushes-Yards: Adair 43-306, PHS 33-71

Passing yards: Adair 175, PHS 34

Pass comp-att-int: Ad 14-22-1, Paw 3-13-2

Return yards: Adair 25, PHS 31

Punts-Avg: Adair 2-37, PHS 7-33

Fumbles lost: 0

Penalties-Yards: Adair 6-50, PHS 3-30

INDIVIDUAL STATS

Adair (9-1, 6-0)

Rushing — B.J. Bradbury 17 carries-154 yards-3 TDs, Cody Yoder 10-27-1 TD, Cody Eby 9-73, Brock Martin 1-3, Hunter Rosebrough 2-12, Ben Woolman 3-39-1 TD, Jason Kincade 1-0.

Passing — B.J. Bradbury 14 completions-22 attempts-175 yards-3 TDs-1 intercepted.

Receiving — Cody Eby 5 catches-65 yards, Will Hefner 1-11, James Eastin 2-46-2 TDs, Hunter Rosebrough 1-20-1 TD, Brock Martin 5-33.

Pawhuska (4-6, 4-2)

Rushing — Zalin Edwards 15 carries-32 yards-1 TD, Matthew Taft 13-18, Bryce Wilson 3-15, Taylor Priest 2-6.

Passing — Zalin Edwards 3 completions-13 attempts-34 yards-2 intercepted.

Receiving — Bryce Wilson 2 catches-31 yards, Conner McNeil 1-3.

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