Henrietta Junior High completed its 2011 football campaign on a winning note by sweeping Alvord Thursday, Nov. 3, on the Bulldogs home field. The seventh grade finished the season with a 4-4 record – with one loss against an 8th grade team – while the eighth grade Bearcats compiled a 6-2 mark and ended their junior high career with a 13-3 record.
“It was a successful season by both squads and represented Henrietta Junior High with a lot of pride,” said Coach Tim Allen.
After giving up two quick scores to Alvord on their first two offensive plays, the Bearcats fought for a comback victory by scoring 22 unanswered points. The Bearcats showed a lot of character and desire in the rally win.
After getting pressure on an Alvord punt after trapping them deep on their own end, the Bearcats first scoring drive started on the Bulldog 18-yard line. Kandon Bennett took the snap on the first play and scampered around the right end for the score. Mason Hanson ran up the middle for the two-point coversion and Henrietta trailed 12-8. Bennett recovered an onside kick (one of his two on the evening). Later on, Hanson darted 35-yards down to the Bulldog 8-yard line where Bennett hit Ben McCreary on a pass down to the half-yard line. After a penalty, and a few plays later, Bennett plunged in from the one-yard line. After the missed extra point Henrietta now were in the drivers seat with a 14-12 lead, which they took to the dressing room at halftime. Bennett intercepted a pass to close the first half.
In the second half, the Bearcats moved the ball, but penalties hurt them. Chris Offield and Kandon Bennett caused a fumble on a pass from the Bulldogs. Corbin Douthitt recovered it to set up a 53-yard touchdown run by Mason Hanson, who also added the extra point. Skylar Castro, Reid Latham, Adam Moore and Tyler Lujon had key blocks on the play. Bennett again recovered an onside kick, but the Bearcats did not capitalize on it. Alvord did score, but a block in the back penalty brought it back. Ben McCreary batted a pass attempt away and Douthitt intercepted it and returned it 20 yards. Eventually, after punting the ball away, Ethan Scholl sealed the game when he intercepted the ball and the Bearcats ran the clock out to win the game, 22-12.
The offensive line of Conner Chambers, Corbin Bloodworth, Moore, Castro, Latham, Sterling Headrick, Dusty Christian and Caleb Cody had a good night. Tyler Lujon blocked well from his fullback position and had his best night at linebacker. McCreary, Hanson, Latham, Scholl and Bennett had stellar performances on defense.
The Bearcats scored first on a 5-yard run by Cody Fletcher and never looked back. Fletcher completed a pass to Jaylon Curtis and after losing the handle on the ball, Chance Terry recovered. It turned out to be a key play on the scoring drive. Leading 6-0 going into the second quarter, Fletcher scrambled to his right and hit Terry on a long pass play to give the Bearcats the ball inside the 30. Kirkland Hoff busted a trap play up the middle behind a massive block from Chance Edgett wich set up a seven-yard touchdown pass from Fletcher to Nick Offield. Again, the extra point failed and the Bearcats were up 12-0. Colum Reese and Chance Edgett came up with a big sack on a fourth-down play from the Bulldogs and Fletcher had an outstanding 65-yard touchdown run to close out the first half with an 18-0 difference.
Alvord began the second half by scoring on a long run, but that was the only highlight of the night for the Bulldogs as a stiff Bearcat defense kept them in check. Fletcher scored again in the third quarter on a 10-yard run to boost the lead to 24-6. In the fourth quarter, Layton Workman-Stewart picked off an Alvord pass and returned it 10 yards which eventually set upa a one-yard scoring plung by Hoff. Mason Barry made his season perfect by kicking the extra point, which was also the first field goal attempt by the Bearcats all season. Barry split the uprights with the football behind the front wall of Conner Duncan, Jimmy Jones, Zach Day, Chance Edgett and Logan Carter.
It was a great night to close out the season for the Bearcats with a total team effort. The offensive line of MJ Kelsey, Conner Duncan, Tejas Edwards, Alex Jones, Day, Tyler McMurry, Edgett and Carter provided good protection and opened up holes for the backs. Nick Offield, Fletcher, Hoff and Curtis had good runs during the night. Offield, Curtis and Terry had good night receiving. Also playing well on the offensive side with good blocking on the edge were Clayton Haberman, Ethan Williams, Skylar Velasquez and Barry. On defense it would be hard to single out an individual performance as they clicked as a unit. Edgett, Carter, Jones, Velasquez, Barry, Reese, Fletcher, Hoff, Offield, Workman-Stewart, Terry, Williams and Felix Hernandez shared the starting roles.
Eighth grade white
The eighth white Bearcats defeated Petrolia 12-0 to finish on a winning note. Cutter Holloway and Bailey Mawson scored touchdowns for the Bearcats in the triumph. Brayden Seward picked off a Pirate pass during the game for his first interception of the season. Several of the Bearcats had good performances.
Holloway, Caleb Snyder, Seward, Coltin Hill, Mawson, Jarrett Davis, Jordan Davis, Gerad Warren, Chance Horn, Nick Teague, Preston Peacock, Zach Fuller, Austin Barr and Cody Sheppard compiled to make up the Bearcat white team.
Coaches Tim Allen and Marcial Chapa would like to congratulate all of the players for a great season and are looking forward to good things in the future.