It took all four quarters Friday night, but Henrietta claimed second place in District 5-2A, Div. II.
The Bearcats will open their playoff drive at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15. Henrietta will face the Mildred Eagles for a bi-district title at Fort Worth Brewer’s Bear Stadium (see map above).
Friday’s win was secured late in the fourth quarter on a Riley Watson run for a 33-27 final score. Watson scrambled 32 yards for the win. It was his second strike of the quarter, after punching in a one-yard run to tie the game at 27.
The Bearcats opened with a 10-point lead in the first quarter. Watson connected with Conner Fletcher on a 45-yard pass play, followed by a 36-yard field goal from Jameson Dowell.
Dowell scored his second field goal of the night on a 35-yard boot.
Nocona scored on a 55-yard pass play in the first quarter, and a three-yard run in the second.
Watson capped the first-half scoring with a 10-yard run to put Henrietta up 19-13.
Nocona scored in the third on a 15-yard run and in the fourth quarter on an 11-yard pass play to take a 27-19 lead.
Henrietta finished with 143 yards rushing on 30 carries and 178 yards passing by completing 12 of 24 attempts with one interception. Watson led the rushing effort with 16 carries for 81 yards. The Bearcats struggled with four fumbles, losing one.
Nocona rushed for 237 yards on 42 carries, and completed nine of 21 pass attempts for 156 yards.. The Indians had two fumbles.
Henrietta enters the playoffs with a 4-1 district record, its only loss against district champion Jacksboro. The Bearcats are 6-4 overall.