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HJH ‘Cats face Holliday, Petrolia


The Bearcats split with Holliday on Oct. 13 in Junior High football action. It was the seventh grade dropping a close 8-6 game while the eighth grade romped to a 36-6 victory.

Seventh grade

Key for the Eagles was ball control as they had possession for majority of the game. Holliday scored first in the second quarter and led 8-0 at intermission. However, in the second half, the Bearcats marched down the field and scored on a 12-yard pass from Kandon Bennett to Ben McCreary. Mason Hanson was stopped short of the goal line on the extra point attemt and Holliday maintained an 8-6 lead in which they held until the end.

Kandon Bennett completed three passes for the Bearcats, a five yard pass to Kevin Morales and two passes to Ben McCreary. Corbin Douthitt completed one pass that went to McCreary on the first offensive play of the game for the Bearcats. Mason Hanson was the leading rusher for the Bearcats.

The Bearcats played a good defensive game with good plays from Reid Latham, Bennett, Scholl and Morales, just to mention a few.

Eighth grade

Mason Barry saved a touchdown on the opening kick off and then the Bearcats played outstanding defense to keep Holliday out of the end zone. Cody Fletcher took the hand off on the first offensive play for the Bearcats and behind the blocking of Conner Duncan, Chance Edgett and Tejas Edwards, and scampered 82 yards for the touchdown. Fletcher also added the extra point and the Bearcats never looked back.

In the second quarter, a 36-yard pass from Fletcher to Skyler Velasquez set up a 49-yard run by Fletcher on the next play. He added the points after for a 16-0 lead. Just before half, Fletcher struck once more on a 52-yard jaunt and after a missed extra point, the Bearcats led 22-0 at intermission.

Jaylon Curtis extended the Bearcat lead to 28-0 after he hauled in a 79-yard halfback pass from Fletcher. Holliday scored in the third quarter on a 44-yard run, but on the ensuing kickoff, Fletcher darted 74 yards around the left side for the final points of the game. Nick Offield added the two-point conversion.

Some of the many big hits recorded by the Bearcats came from Nick Offield, Chance Edgett, Logan Carter, Fletcher, Kirkland Hoff, Jimmy Jones and Mason Barry. Jaylon Curtis and Felix Hernandez each broke up a pass attempt.

The Bearcats played solid on both sides of the football and will travel to City View for the next district ball game.

Eighth grade ‘B’

The eighth grade “B” team played in Petrolia Thursday afternoon. Both teams played extremely well. Petrolia held on for an 18-8 win.

Henrietta’s Cutter Holloway delivered the opening kickoff to start the game. Henrietta and Petrolia traded several offensive possessions but Petrolia scored first with a run around the left side of the line. After the ensuing kickoff fielded by Cutter Holloway, the Bearcats were able to put together a good offensive drive. Bailey Mawson scored from 28 yards out on a lead play up the middle. Brayden Seward scored the two-point conversion on a sweep around the right side behind good blocking from Cody Sheppard, Nick Teague, and Gerrad Warren.

The Pirates were able to score two more times on the Bearcats using a good passing attack and good rushing from the running backs. Bearcat Jarrett Davis stopped one Pirate drive as he intercepted a pass and returned it back to mid-field. On the next offensive drive by the Bearcats, Seward connected on a 38-yard pass to Coltin Hill putting the Bearcats in scoring position. Caleb Snyder ran the ball well and threatened to score but time ran out on the Bearcats comeback attempt.

Defensively the Bearcats showed a great deal of improvement behind solid tackling of Bailey Mawson, Chance Horn, Austin Barr, and Zach Fuller.


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