David Reeder

Special to the Grove Sun

David Reeder

Special to the Grove Sun

COLCORD-With the wind and rain rolling in from the North, the postseason got underway Friday night at Hornet Stadium.  And amidst the pouring rain and deteriorating field conditions, Colcord shook off a lackluster opening possession to eventually crush a severely overmatched and undermanned Pawhuska Husky team.

The visitors won the opening coin toss and chose to defer their option until the second half. As a result, the Hornets received the opening kickoff and moved toward midfield with a first down by quarterback Canaan Sherrell (12 carries for 101 yards).  A bad snap and a pair of incomplete passes brought the potential scoring drive to a halt.  

An extremely short punt gave the Huskies their first offensive series on the 45, but on the first snap of the drive, Pawhuska put the ball on the ground, for the first of 10 fumbles in the game. Ironically, this fumble would be the only one that they would relinquish to the Hornets, as Colcord took control on the visitors’ 45. And on the opening snap of the series, Chris Aguilar took the ball, through the middle of the Husky defense and outran the entire unit to the end zone.  The two-point conversion run failed for the 6-0 Hornet advantage.

After fielding the ensuing kickoff, Pawhuska’s senior running back Stephen Bible broke off an 11-yard gain for their first first down of the game. But a fumbled snap backed them up to stall the drive, forcing a punt.  The subsequent punt was fumbled, where the Huskies recovered for a first down on Colcord’s 13. And on the next play, sophomore Zakary Wilson covered the 13 yards into the Hornet end zone.  Dillon Gwinn added the PAT kick to give his team their first and only lead of the night, 7-6.  

The Huskies’ one-point lead was short-lived, however, as on the very next play Aguilar burst through the Pawhuska middle and picked up an outstanding block from Rusty James to break off a 55-yard touchdown run.  Aguilar added the PAT kick to give the Hornets a 13-7 lead.

From that point forward, Colcord would never look back.  A good kickoff backed Pawhuska up into the shadow of their own goalposts. And the Colcord defense did the rest by forcing a punt.  On fourth and long, the Husky long snap sailed over the punter’s head, where the Hornet defensive interior dumped him on the two.

Aguilar would score his third touchdown of the night on the next play .  The PAT kick was no good, but the Hornets were showing their dominance, extending their lead to 19-7 with 3:18 left in the first.  The Huskies were only able to move the chains once more in the half.  

While the visitors struggled, the home team was limited only by their own mistakes.  Following an exchange of possessions in the second period, Colcord capped an 11-play drive with a two-yard touchdown run by Sherrell.  Aguilar’s successful kick had the Hornets starting to cruise with a 19-point lead.  The Colcord defense, led by Tommy Pack’s pair of sacks, shut down their guests for the remainder of the half.

Pawhuska went three and out to start the second half and punted the ball to give the Hornets their first possession on the 26.  And on the heels of a nine-yard Sherrell to James completion, Aguilar tore off a 44 yard gainer deep into enemy territory. Three snaps and a first down later, Aguilar (13 carries for 204 yards) scored his fourth TD of the game, this time from five yards away.  Sherrell added two points with his conversion run for the 34-7 score.  The bulk of the final frame was played out by the respective benches, where Freshman Sammy Salinas scored on a three-yard plunge and backup quarterback Austin Gilbert turned what appeared to be a broken play into a 45-yard touchdown run.  With the convincing 48-7 victory, the Hornets must travel to Talihina to take on the 11-0 Golden Tigers in second round action.

Colcord 48, Pawhuska 7

 1st     2nd     3rd     4th     Final

        Pawhuska        7       0         0         0         7

        Colcord           19     7         8       14       48