Henrietta was playing by Murphy’s Law while facing Jacksboro Friday night. If it could go wrong it did, as the Bearcats took a 34-3 loss.
“We couldn’t catch the ball, the ball hit us. Every aspect that you could look at was just going haywire,” said Bearcat Head Coach Byron West. “I’m at a loss.”
Only two games into District 5-2A, the Bearcats find themselves all but out of the playoff race. Last week, Henrietta fell to Holliday, while Nocona is undefeated and expected to win the district. The Bearcats face Nocona Nov. 9.
“It will be tough, it will be real tough,” said West of a playoff berth. “If we won out, if Holliday got beat, if Nocona got beat — twice. It will be tough, it will be tough. We knew that going in, but we didn’t show up.”
Jacksboro got on the scoreboard five minutes into the first quarter on a halfback pass from 42 yards out to take a 7-0 lead.
Two possessions later, Henrietta’s Dalton Day broke loose a 47-yard run to put the Bearcats within field goal range early in the second quarter, but the 33-yard kick hung left.
Jacksboro took over at its own 20 and, in the first play of the drive, broke a 70-yard pass play. Jacksboro quarterback Kirk Weldon found a receiver in heavy traffic some 10 yards away. The play would have come to a quick end, but the ball was pitched to a teammate before the receiver hit the ground.
The play set up Jacksboro’s second touchdown, an 11-yard run by Reid Spiller.
Henrietta again found itself in field goal range following a 55-yard run by C.D. Crumpton. Jameson Dowell put Henrietta on the scoreboard with a 31-yard boot.
With just under two minutes left in the half, Jacksboro picked off a Henrietta pass and carried it to the Bearcat 16-yard line. The Tigers scored on the following play, 21-3.
In the third quarter, Henrietta fumbled away a pass completion, recovered by the Tigers at the Bearcat 41. The fumble recovery set up a 3-yard touchdown run by Jacksboro’s Logan Dixon.
A bad punt snap in the fourth quarter set up Jacksboro’s final touchdown strike. Deep in Bearcat territory, Henrietta’s Dustin Calabrese chased down the snap and attempted to run to no avail. Jacksboro took over on downs at the Henrietta 5-yard line, scoring on a 4-yard pass.
Henrietta finished with 122 yards rushing on 33 carries. Quarterback Conner Fletcher completed four of 14 pass attempts for 29 yards and two interceptions. Dalton Day led the ground game with 12 carries for 67 yards, while Crumpton had two carries for 60 yards.
Jacksboro finished with 130 yards rushing on 36 carries and completed nine of 18 pass attempts for 168 yards.