* Editor's Note: This story has been revised for accuracy (July 24, 2012)
This year’s Battle of the Osage victory goes to the Pawhuska Huskies.
In a 39-6 win over the Hominy Bucks (1-2) last Friday, Pawhuska (2-1) earned its bragging rights for the next year.
Coming off a tough loss to Perry the week before, the Huskies were ready for the highly anticipated crusade.
Pawhuska head coach Eddy Scott said his team tied up some loose ends and felt prepared for the game.
“We had a good week of practices, the kids were ready to play, we had one fumble that we lost,” Scott said. “But we did a good job defensively and shut them down, and our offense took off and we scored 39 points.”
Early in the first quarter, less than 20 yards from scoring the first touchdown of the game Pawhuska fumbled the ball giving Hominy the upper hand.
But the young Hominy Bucks had mistakes of their own leaving Pawhuska to score first with 2:58 left in the first quarter.
The Huskies inched their way down the field before Pawhuska senior Gene Big Soldier snuck into the right corner for a touchdown, putting Pawhuska on the board 7-0.
Hominy coach Scott Harmon said he knew Pawhuska would execute well since they were coming off of a tough loss at home.
“I knew that they’d be ready to redeem themselves,” Harmon said. “We just wanted to come out and kind of eliminate some mistakes. We were just going to try to go in and play sound defense.”
But they found it hard as Pawhuska unleashed its relentless offense.
In the second quarter alone Pawhuska scored two more touchdowns, putting the Huskies up 20-0 at the half.
But in the third, the Bucks didn’t waste anytime getting back into the game.
Hominy sophomore Wyatt Ray made a 34-yard run for the Buck’s first touchdown of the game, putting them on the board 20-6 with 10:39 left in the quarter.
With 6:07 left in the third, Pawhuska answered back with a touchdown by Pawhuska junior Zakary Wilson. The Huskies led the Bucks 26-6 at the end of the third.
Scott said while his team took advantage of some of Hominy’s mistakes they carried out their game plan well.
“About 95 percent was just doing what we asked of them,” Scott said. “I got to give credit to our running backs and offensive line, they did a good job for us.”
Harmon said the mistakes were small ones. He said with five freshman and sophomores on the offensive line some mistakes are expected as they’re still developing.
“Our execution wasn’t horrible, they (Pawhuska) just did a good job bringing a lot of heat,” Harmon said.
Pawhuska closed the game with the 39-6 victory.
Scott said he’s happy with the win especially since it’s a game he and his team look forward to every year.
“It’s just a great game, I enjoyed playing Hominy, it’s always going to be a good game, always going to be a hard hitting game,” he said. “I got to give credit to their coaching staff. It’s a fun atmosphere, a great atmosphere, it’s the Battle of the Osage.”