A first-quarter field goal proved to be the difference in the game Friday night as Henrietta managed to stave off a fourth-quarter comeback from S and S Consolidated.
With the 17-14 win, Henrietta breaks even on the season thus far at 2-2. The Bearcats also tallied up its first touchdown while on defense this year, on an interception.
With 56 seconds left in the first, Jameson Dowell booted a 27-yarder to put the Bearcats up 3-0, a score that would stand until the third quarter.
S and S got a lucky break on the first play of the game, taking a botched handoff to Henrietta’s 44-yard line. The Rams marched to the five-yard line, but the drive imploded and the Bearcats took over on downs at the 16.
Ethan Cantrell carried the Bearcats to within scoring range, first to Henrietta’s 19, then to the Rams’ 28-yard line. Henrietta plugged away to move within field goal range.
Cantrell led the team in rushing with 112 yards on 18 carries.
S and S had a second opportunity to score late in the third quarter, but the drive ended with Henrietta’s Conner Fletcher intercepting a Ram pass and taking it to the 49-yard line. S and S had moved the ball 54 yards on the drive.
Henrietta posted the first of two third-quarter touchdowns with an eight-yard jaunt by Dalton Day, set up on runs from Day and Cantrell. With Dowell’s extra-point kick, and 6:55 remaining in the third, Henrietta took a 10-0 lead.
Henrietta punted away its next possession giving S and S control of the ball at its own 30-yard line.
Joe Dell Williams intercepted a Ram pass on the first play of the possession, and carried it 30 yards into the end zone — 17-0 with Dowell’s extra point kick.
Were S and S struggled in the first three quarters — inside the 25-line — they made up for in the fourth. On two drives, the first carrying over from the third quarter, the Rams marched downfield to score. Willie Winborne ran in both from one yard out.
The final S and S touchdown came with 3:15 remaining in the game. The Rams attempted an onside kick, and Henrietta recovered. The Bearcats wound down the clock on runs from Cantrell and Day.
While the Bearcats relied on its running game — 175 yards on 35 carries — Henrietta was able to go to the air to keep the Rams off balance, passing for 93 yards with eight completions on 18 attempts. At quarterback, Fletcher had completed eight of seven of 17 attempts. Fletcher connected with Tyler Coleman three times for 65 yards and Crumpton three times for 24 yards.
At linebacker, Crumpton led the Bearcat defense with 8.5 tackles, followed by Williams with seven and Day with 6.5.
S and S finished with 184 yards rushing on 49 carries, and competed six of 17 attempts for 71 yards passing. The Rams more than doubled Bearcats in first downs, gaining 16 to Henrietta’s seven.