CARNEY, Okla. —
The Pawnee Black Bears struggled to score in a 24-6 loss to the Tonkawa Buccaneers Friday.
“We had a few breakdowns in coverage,” Houston Jr. said. “It was a tough loss. Tonkawa is a good team.”
The defenses dominated the first quarter as it ended in a scoreless tie. Pawnee stopped the Buccaneers in the red zone and took advantage — driving 82 yards for a touchdown and a 6-0 lead. Marlon Houston Jr. connected with Caylon Biddy for a 13-yard touchdown pass. For the fourth time in five games, that would be all of Pawnee’s scoring. The only game the Black Bears scored 10 or more points was on Sept. 20 in a 37-0 victory over Barnsdall.
Turnovers and penalties plagued the Black Bears’ offense. Pawnee committed eight penalties for 85 yards and threw three interceptions. Houston Jr. completed 11 of 22 passes for 114 yards. Browning Nicolet led the Black Bears with 70 rushing yards on 10 carries. Biddy caught three passes for 53 yards.
“We got the ball in the redzone a few times and just weren’t able to score,” coach Houston said. “We had a few injuries and had to move some kids around but the kids played hard.”
The Buccaneers (4-1, 2-0) took the lead on a pair of touchdown passes from 14 and 42 yards, respectively. A third touchdown pass in the third quarter put the game away.
Pawnee (2-3, 0-2) visits Alva at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Maroons improve offensively
PERRY — The end result may have been a 34-21 loss to the Alva Goldbugs for the Maroons but the offense showed improvement.
“We didn’t do bad offensively,” coach Cameron Bennett said. “We started a freshman quarterback due to injuries.”
Dustin Padilla started for Cooper Skluzacek and threw for 121 yards with one touchdown. The 21 points were the most for the Maroons since their 21-6 Week 1 victory. While the offense experienced success, the defense struggled with Alva’s spread attack and taller receivers.