Henrietta goes to the air but time runs out on final drive

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Henrietta’s Ethan Cantrell takes a handoff from Quarterback Conner Fletcher Friday night. Fletcher connected with Coleman for a touchdown pass in the third quarter. Click for more photos.

By Matt Kelton
Pioneer Sentinel

Henrietta took to the air in a harrowing effort to earn its first district win of the season Friday night in Alvord, but ran short on time as the Bulldogs, holding a two-point lead, stopped the Bearcats just outside of field goal range.

With the 12-10 final, Henrietta remains winless in District 5-2A.

In the last drive of the game, Bearcat Quarterback Conner Fletcher completed four of eight pass attempts to move the ball downfield. The drive began at Henrietta’s 2-yard line with under a minute on the clock.

On the first play, Fletcher found Tyler Coleman for a 32-yard gain, followed four plays later with a 12-yard pass to C.D. Crumpton. With five seconds remaining in the game, Fletcher found Joe Dell Williams for a 9-yard gain.

On the next snap, Fletcher again passed to Williams, who then pitched to Crumpton. Crumpton stepped out of bounds at the 35-yard line, but the last second ticked away before the clock was stopped.

“Did we have a second? I thought we had a second,” said Henrietta Head Coach Byron West. “But there were more eyes looking at it than just me.”

The Bearcats finished with 138 yards in the air, its biggest passing game of the season.

“We threw the ball all night long, it wasn’t just the last series,” said West. “But (the pass plays) in that series were working, for whatever reason.”

Jameson Dowell gave Henrietta an early lead. With 1:22 left in the first quarter, Dowell kicked a 21-yard field goal to put the Bearcats up 3-0.

Alvord responded one-and-a-half minutes into the second quarter with a 4-yard touchdown run from Joe Randall. Henrietta’s Ethan Cantrell blocked the extra-point kick, holding the score to 6-3 into halftime.

Alvord scored its final touchdown on a 6-yard run from Randall. The two-point conversion failed.

A fourth-quarter touchdown pass from Fletcher to Coleman put the game within reach for the Bearcats. Set up on runs from Coleman and Cantrell, Henrietta found itself on the 5-yard line for third-and-goal when Fletcher and Coleman connected. Dowell kicked the extra-point.

“I’m proud of our kids. They played hard, they fought back.” Said West. “We had a lot of things that were rolling and going our way, it just didn’t happen.”

The Bearcats gained 160 yards rushing on 29 carries and competed 11 of 19 pass attempts for 298 yards total offense. Cantrell led the ground game with 116 yards on 18 carries. Coleman was the leading receiver with six catches for 77 yards.

Alvord finished with 286 yards rushing on 38 carries, and completed four of five passes for six yards.

The Bearcats wrap up their season Friday night, hosting district champions Nocona.

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