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Pawhuska player key to playoff victory

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There are big games.

There are monster games.

And then there are the Hurd games.

Dalton Hurd – a senior grid dynamo from Pawhuska High School – took his receiving game to an astronomical level last week.

The safe-handed aerial bandit caught 17 receptions for 316 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged 18.6 yards per catch to punch holes in Colcord High’s defense.

Hurd was one of the main reasons Pawhuska crushed the Hornets, 53-29, in the second round of the Class A playoffs.

The game was actually not that close – Pawhuska had a 53-8 lead when he pulled out his starting defense.

Dalton Hurd of Pawhuska High is part of the strong core of senior athletes on the football team.

The Huskies are now aiming for Friday’s quarterfinal showdown at Elmore City-Pernell High, the next step towards their goal of playing for a state title.

For Hurd, it has been a season of challenges, a season of courage and a season of overtaking.

He had to fight injuries for a few games, including wearing a coating on one of his hands. But, whether he’s playing only on the defensive side in the secondary or disrupting opposing secondaries with his sense of magic in the second tier of passing patterns, Hurd is part of a devastating punch in the passing game. with his phenomenal teammate Mason Gilkey. , who earlier in the season was named Patriot Auto EE Athlete of the Week.

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With those two in the mix, Pawhuska fourth-year head coach Matt Hennesy has guided Pawhuska to a 39-10 record since 2018.

And the Huskies are solidly looking for their first state football championship, indeed the school’s very first OSSAA championship in a true team ball sport. (The Huskies won the State Boys Track title in 2019, with Hurd and Gilkey running.)

Hurd’s contribution to the team’s accomplishments so far this season has been mind-blowing, especially since he wasn’t very healthy at the start.

He had 50 catches for 858 yards and 15 offensive touchdowns, in addition to diverting defensive attention from the quick Gilkey, the team’s main vertical threat.

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Hurd filled the post of a catch-and-run specialist, moving to open spots in the intermediate pass coverage to provide a target of opportunities for quarterback Todd Drummond.

As mentioned, Drummond found Hurd for 17 receptions (on 18 target throws) for 316 yards.

On the defensive side of the equation, Hurd contributed 24 tackles, five interceptions at the head of the team, seven pass interruptions and the defense’s lone touchdown.

Next, the Huskies face Elmore City-Pernell in tonight’s Class A quarterfinal schedule.