CHOUTEAU, OK —
Chouteau's road to the post-season just became bumpier than an Oklahoma toll road.
An injury-depleted Wildcat team had issues moving the ball as the 'Cats fell to the Pawhuska Huskies Thursday night, 42-14. The loss drops Chouteau to 3-4 overall and 1-3 in district play.
In a game that coach Mark Jones said was a “10” on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being very important, Chouteau’s playoff hopes took a drastic hit. The 'Cats will need to win at Caney Valley next week, and then knock off No. 7 Nowata a week later.
Senior quarterback Doug Mynahan left the game early in the second quarter with what appeared to be asthma related issues. Fellow senior Austin Hershberger was thrown into the role as signal caller, going 6-of-21 for 93 yards and one touchdown pass to go with two interceptions.
The Huskies jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, before Hershberger cut the deficit to 8 just before halftime, 14-6. Pawhuska marched down the field to start the second half, scoring on a 3-yard touchdown run, and taking the wind out of the Wildcat sails.
Injuries have been an issue for the Wildcats in the past seven days. In last week’s loss to Adair, Chouteau lost defensive back Heath Deitrick to a concussion, while during the week in practice, the Cats lost senior lineman Elijah Sevenstar and had to limit junior lineman Payne King to offensive line duties. Garrett Grossman tweaked an ankle during the week as well.
And for the second straight week, the game was marred by a hit that resulted in an ambulance to come and take a Wildcat player away. Senior Daniel Gordon appeared to have suffered a concussion after he was hit in a near helmet-to-helmet hit late in the game. Gordon made it to the sideline under his own power, before collapsing on the sideline. Gordon was transported by ambulance to a Tulsa hospital.
The Wildcats will now have to figure out where they left their mojo, as they travel to Ramona to face Caney Valley next week. A win over Caney, and the Cats are right back in the playoff race, but would have to become David with Goliath Nowata looming in two weeks.
Kickoff against Caney Valley is slated for 7:30 p.m.