Big fourth-quarter plays from Kolten Booher and David Bowles sealed the game Friday night, giving Henrietta a 37-28 win over City View – and with it, a clear path to claim second place in district 5-AA.
But the mustangs didn’t make it easy; breaking several big plays of their own to stay on the Bearcats’ tail.
“They’ve got kids with speed that just kills,” said Henrietta Head Coach Byron West. “They can break one loose and go score… There’s two or three of them that anytime they can get their hands on the ball, they can go score. It was tough. It is tough to defend speed.”
After a grinding drive downfield – one which took up most of the third quarter – City View’s D.J. Brown opened the fourth with a 29-yard touchdown run to move the Mustangs within three points of the Bearcats, 24-21.
Booher connected with Cole Hollar four plays later and, with the help of a roughing-the-passer penalty, put the Bearcats on the Mustang 37-yard line. The drive led to a two-yard touchdown run from Booher, 31-21.
City View answered on the following possession, taking the kickoff to Henrietta’s 35-yard line. The drive ended six plays later with a four-yard score to put the Mustangs back within three points.
With just over three minutes remaining, City View attempted, and lost possession with and onside kick. Bearcat Korben Allen recovered on the 48-yard line and Henrietta drove to the 12.
Booher followed with a touchdown run to put the score just out of City View’s reach with 1 minute, 18 seconds remaining in the game.
City View again broke loose on the kickoff return, this time on a D.J. Coursey run to the Henrietta 32-yard line. City View moved the ball to the 19-yard line when Bowles intercepted a Mustang pass with under a minute remaining.
City View’s deep returns in the fourth quarter weren’t anything new, as Brown had already returned one Bearcat kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter.
Henrietta jumped out to a 10-0 lead on a 28-yard field goal by Jameson Dowell and a 70-yard touchdown jaunt from Booher when Brown broke loose with the return.
Booher closed the quarter by connecting with Jake Sanchez on a 42-yard touchdown pass, boosting the Bearcats lead to 17-7.
Booher scored again on an eight-yard run with 52 seconds remaining in the first half. City View answered after claiming a Henrietta on-side kick. The Mustangs marched 43 yards in five plays to narrow the halftime gap, 24-14.
Henrietta finished with 489 yards offense, rushing 336 yards on 47 carries and completing nine of 15 pass attempts for 153 yards. Booher led the team in both 27 carries for 254 yards and five completions for 92 yards.
City View managed 260 yards rushing on 43 carries, while completing two of four passes for 12 yards.
The win puts Henrietta in a tie for second with Nocona. Both teams are 2-1 in district with each team’s only loss at the hands of Holliday. They face off Friday in Nocona.