Henrietta scored two touchdowns while holding Callisburg to one in the second half of Friday night’s season opener, but it wouldn’t be enough for the Bearcats to overcome a powerful first half showing from the Wildcats.
Callisburg, which enters the season ranked 29th in Class 2A Div. I by Max Preps, earned the win, 33-14.
Down 26-0 to open the third quarter, quarterback Conner Fletcher connected with wide receiver Nick Offield for a 33-yard touchdown strike. Jameson Dowell capped the scoring drive with a point-after kick.
The Bearcats scored again in the fourth on a two-yard run by Cody Fletcher. Dowell’s kick was good.
Callisburg opened with two trips to the end zone in the first quarter, first on a 27-yard pass from Rheyce Childress to Jacob King, and again on a 12-yard Jake Parker Run. The Wildcats added two touchdowns in the second. Parker scored from five yards out and Eli Hollandsworth hit pay dirt from two yards. Both point-after attempts failed.
Callisburg scored on a one-yard run in the third.
The Bearcat defense struggled against the Callisburg ground game. The Wildcats rolled up 341 yards rushing on 60 carries, averaging six yards per carry. Childress completed four passes for 81 yards.
Henrietta ran the ball 31 times for 99 yards rushing, averaging three yards per carry. Cody Fletcher took the bulk of the handoffs, with 13 carries for 42 yards. Riley Watson had 10 carries for 34 yards, while Conner Fletcher carried five keepers for 14 yards and Hayden West had nine yards on three caries.
Conner Fletcher connected on seven of 12 pass attempts for 67 yards. The Bearcats finished with 73 yards passing as Watson stepped into the pocket for one completion on four attempts.
Conner Fletcher led the defense with 8.5 tackles, followed by Tylor Brown with six. Hayden West and Cody Fletcher had 5.5 tackles each.
Next week, Henrietta hosts Paradise for homecoming.