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Turnovers trump Bearcat chances of win at Holliday


Bearcats Corben Allen and Joseph Costa bring down Holliday's Sam Shirley Friday night.

By Matt Kelton
Pioneer Sentinel

Holliday took advantage of six Henrietta fumbles in an emotionally charged and penalty riddled game Friday night, to beat the Bearcats 29-0.

With six turnovers, we don’t stand a chance,” said Henrietta Head Coach Byron West of the fumbles. “It was fumble fury. You’re not going to win doing that with anybody, much less playing a good football team.”

The fumbles resulted in five turnovers.

Henrietta had Holliday on the ropes in the opening moments of the game. On the second play from scrimmage, Kolten Booher broke free for a 24-yard run to the Holliday 48-yard line, followed with a 19-yard and an eight-yard run to put Henrietta in a second-and-nine situation at the 21-yard line.

Two plays later, Henrietta fumbled the snap. Holliday recovered to kick off a three-play, 75-yard touchdown drive. With a failed two-point conversion attempt, Holliday took a 6-0 lead with 8 minutes, 18 seconds remaining in the first half.

Holliday’s Ryan Todd blocked a punt on Henrietta’s next possession, taking over on the Bearcat 27-yard line. The Eagles scored five plays later from five yards out to take a 13-0 lead into the second quarter.

Jake Sanchez carried the ensuing kickoff to the 47-yard line, and two defensive holding penalties against Holliday moved the ball into Eagle territory. Runs by Cole Alford and Booher put Henrietta at fourth-and-one on the 34-yard line. Holliday took over on downs.

Two plays into the second quarter, Joseph Costa sacked Holliday quarterback Jacob Cole. Two plays later, Holliday was forced to punt.

Henrietta fumbled a punt snap four plays into the possession and Holliday recovered in the end zone. The two-point conversion pass was knocked down by the Henrietta secondary, 19-0.

Four personal fouls – two of them offsetting, and – punctuated possessions of each team just before halftime. Henrietta turned the ball over on a fumble, setting Holliday up for a 28-yard field goal.

En route to a third quarter to a third quarter touchdown, Holliday drove to inside the Henrietta 20-yard line when referees littered the field with three flags, all for personal fouls. Two were offsetting. The third was against the Bearcats, and put Holliday at first-and-10 on the 13-yard line.

Holliday followed with an 11-yard jaunt into the end zone, but the run was called back on a blocking penalty. It wasn’t enough to slow the Eagles’ momentum and Holliday scored its final touchdown two plays later and with 37 seconds remaining in the third. The point-after kick was good.

The Bearcats were penalized 38 yards on five flags. Holliday had 13 penalties for 100 yards.

Henrietta finished with 136 yards on 42 carries and connected on two of four pass attempts, both Booher to Crumpton, for 24 yards. Holliday racked up 234 yards on 40 carries and landed four of 12 passes for 35 yards.

While the game was ugly overall, there were a few bright spots in Henrietta’s play. Defensive back C.D. Crumpton knocked down a Holliday pass in the first quarter, while Bryson Pennington batted away another in the second. In the fourth quarter, Booher connected Crumpton on a 16-yard pass play and Henrietta recovered a Holliday fumble in the backfield.

With the loss, Henrietta is 3-4 on the season and 1-1 in district.


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