With the first week of District 5-2A over, Henrietta is one very large step closer to securing a playoff berth, defeating rival Holliday in what is the Bearcats biggest game of the year.
Henrietta’s defense shut down Holliday Friday night, limiting the Eagles to 207 yards offense for a 34-13 win. This season, for the first time, four teams from each 2A Division II district advance to the playoffs. Six teams call 5-2A home. Henrietta limited the Eagles to 16 minutes, 21 seconds of offense, while the Bearcats held possession for 31:39.
Henrietta sealed the win with a 20-point fourth quarter. Sophomore Cody Fletcher found the end zone twice in the fourth, capping a 100-yard rushing performance. Sophomore quarterback Riley Watson connected with Conner Fletcher for a 20-yard strike to end the scoring.
The first three quarters were a bit more precarious as Henrietta took a 14-7 lead into halftime, but found itself up by one, 14-13, at the close of the third quarter.
Dustin Calabrese scored first for the Bearcats, from 30 yards out. With Jameson Dowell’s extra-point kick, Henrietta held the 7-0 lead through most of the first quarter.
Holliday answered when, with seven seconds left in the first, the Eagles forced a Bearcat turnover. Holliday lineman Jacob Flickin picked up the fumble and carried it into the end zone.
Watson found Conner Fletcher open for the duo’s first touchdown of the night, an 11-yard strike with 21 seconds remaining in the first half.
Holliday scored in the third on a 24-yard run from Chase Duncan. The Eagle extra-point attempt failed.
The Bearcats rolled up 376 yards offense against Holliday, including 283 yards on the ground. Cody Fletcher led the ground game with 14 carries for 100 yards, followed by Conner Fletcher with five carries for 74 yards. Calabrese trotted 51 yards on four carries and Watson finished with 35 yards on 10 carries. Leo Hunter and Hayden West had 13 and 10 yards, respectively.
Henrietta quarterbacks totaled 93 yards, completing nine of 22 pass attempts. Watson completed seven of 19 for 73 yards and Conner Fletcher hit two of three receivers for 20 yards. Conner Fletcher took four Watson passes for 42 yards and Calabrese caught two passes for 23 yards. Myles Marchman finished with two receptions for 13 yards and Watson had one catch for a 15-yard gain.
Holliday totaled 127 yards rushing on 30 carries. When the ground game didn’t work, the Eagles went to the air, completing 10 of 27 attempts for 80 yards.