In the final 1 minute, 8 seconds of the second quarter, Henrietta scored two touchdowns to turn the tide in Friday night’s shootout against City View. The back-to-back strikes turned the tide in a game that saw 70 points scored in the first half alone.
Down 35-20, Dustin Calabrese carried the ball 40 yards to put the Bearcats within seven points of a tie game. Jameson Dowell kicked the extra point.
Thirty-five seconds later, Cody Fletcher punched in a one-yard run, capped with a Riley Watson pass for the two-point conversion and a 35-35 halftime score.
City View scored first in the second half, on a 16-yard run from Ryan Kerr.
Henrietta answered with a 16-yard touchdown run from Hayden West early in the third, and a one-yard push from Watson with 10 seconds left for a 49-42 lead.
Calabrese blocked the extra-point kick in the Mustangs next scoring drive, a three-yard touchdown run from Karr, allowing the Bearcats to hang onto a 49-48 lead with 5:13 left in the game.
With 41 seconds left, Watson broke loose for a six-yard touchdown.
Henrietta looked unstoppable in its first possession of the game, marching downfield for a 19-yard touchdown from West. But City View scored three in a row, including runs of eight and three yards in the first and second quarters, respectively from D.J. Coursey, and a first quarter touchdown pass from Karr to Coursey, for a 21-7 lead.
The Bearcats and Mustangs traded touchdowns in the second quarter. Henrietta scored on a five-yard run by Watson, which City View answered with a 37-yard pass from Karr to Coursey.
Bearcat Aaron Whitehead returned the ensuing kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown.
The Bearcats finished with 245 yards rushing on 39 carries, led by Watson with 76 yards on 16 carries, Calabrese with 71 yards on four carries, West with 52 yards on seven carries and Fletcher with 44 yards on 10 carries. Watson completed six of 12 pass attempts for 149 yards, including three completions to Fletcher for 87 yards.
City View had 225 yards rushing on 47 carries, and completed 16 of 27 pass attempts for 350 yards.
With the win, Henrietta is 3-1 in district play and 5-4 for the season.