Henrietta will be looking for a Pioneer Reunion win Friday night, even though that win will have to come on the Archer City field.
Last week, the Bearcats struggled with deep throwing Boyd offense, falling to 1-2 on the season with a 41-6 final. Henrietta entered the game after a 23-20 win over Paradise one week earlier, but had taken a loss to Pottsboro in its season opener.
“But, we’re going to come back, and we’re going to have a game next Friday night,” said Henrietta Head Coach Byron West. “These kids are resilient, and they’re going to bounce back.”
Kolten Booher left the game late in the first quarter with a concussion. Underclassman Ben Fletcher stepped in to fill the role of quarterback, and will start against Archer City.
Boyd got the early jump on Henrietta, scoring within the first two-and-a-half minutes of the first quarter, 7-0. In its first possession of the game, Henrietta plugged away with small gains to eat up a chunk of the first quarter and earn it’s only score of the game.
Booher opened the drive with a 19-yard run to set the Bearcats up at first-and-10 on their own 45-yard line. Three plays later, running back Ethan Cantrell broke free for a 7-yard gain to put the Bearcats inside Boyd territory at the 46-yard line, fourth-and-one. The Bearcats continued downfield on a Booher scramble to the to the 41, and a 5-yard gain from Dalton Day.
There the drive stalled until, in a fourth-and-three situation, Booher broke loose around the outside for a 9-yard gain. Cantrell followed with a 5-yard jaunt, and Booher moved Henrietta to the 12-yard line for a first-and-10.
On the following snap, and with 1:31 remaining in the first quarter, Booher scored on a quarterback keeper around the right side, putting the Bearcats within one point of a tie game. The point-after kick failed, 7-6.
Boyd struck back fast, exploiting Henrietta’s pass defense for big gains through the air.
While the Bearcat defense stopped Boyd’s running game in its tracks, the Yellowjackets completed a 34-yard pass play to close the first, and set up a 37-yard touchdown with 10:56 remaining in the second quarter.
Henrietta stopped Boyd’s next possession deep in Bearcat territory with an interception by Joe Dell Williams.
Williams’ catch put Henrietta at first-and-10 on its own 12-yard line, but a bobbled snap put the Bearcats back at the 5. With no movement of the ball and in a third-and-16 situation, the Bearcats fumbled the ball, giving Boyd possession for a first-and-goal on the 6-yard-line.
Three plays later, Boyd reached the end zone, but was called back on a personal foul. On a Yellowjacket incomplete pass, Henrietta took possession at its own 21-yard line. The Bearcats punted four plays later.
Boyd moved down field on its passing games with two completions of 10 yards each, followed by a 15-yard touchdown pass.
“We were down 20-6 (at halftime), when it should have been 12-6 at the most, and I’m not real sure it shouldn’t have been 6-6,” said West. “First half-wise, I think we were setting okay.”
“The wheels fell off” in the third quarter for Henrietta, said West.
While the Bearcats struggled on both sides of the ball, Boyd scored on a 51-yard pass play, a 38-yard run and a second long pass for the final as both teams were scoreless in the fourth.
Boyd outrushed Henrietta with 181 yards to the Bearcats 179 yards. The Yellowjackets finished with 248 yards passing on 12 completions and 19 attempts with one interception. Henrietta totaled 6 yards on 17 pass attempts. The Bearcats turned the ball over on three fumbles.
“Skill-wise, these guys were way better, way more talented (than Paradise) as far as their speed and abilities,” said West.
Archer City also is 1-2. After defeating Haskell in its season opener, the team fell to Petrolia, 21-13, in week one and Nocona, 44-13, last week. A win over the Wildcats would put Henrietta at 2-2 going into the Sept. 23 bye week.