Henrietta football became the only team from District 5-2A to advance past the first round of the state playoffs Friday night, defeating Corsicana Mildred for a bi-district title 25-21.
The win came with the help of Jameson Dowell, who kicked four field goals for the Bearcats. Dowell put Henrietta’s first six points on the board, splitting the up rights from distances of 37 and 32 yards in the first quarter, to keep the Bearcats in the game.
The junior kicker added a 23-yard field goal in the third quarter to put the Bearcats within five points of a tie game, and a 28-yard boot in the fourth to put Henrietta up by four.
Mildred led 7-6 after the first quarter of play, scoring on a two-yard run, and 21-13 at halftime after a 23-yard touchdown pass and one-yard scoring run in the second.
Late in the second, Bearcat Cody Fletcher took a Riley Watson pass 25 yards to score, followed up with Dowell’s extra-point kick.
Dustin Calabrese took a Skyler Velasquez pass for a 32-yard touchdown in the third quarter to put Henrietta on top for the first time in the game.
The Bearcat defense forced Mildred to turn the ball over six times. Henrietta recovered three fumbles and three interceptions, including a Conner Fletcher pick to secure the win.
Henrietta finished with 132 yards rushing, led by Watson with 22 carries for 96 yards and Cody Fletcher with 14 carries for 27 yards. Watson completed 12 of 19 pass attempts. The Bearcats were 12 for 20 in the air, covering 146 yards. Henrietta gave up one fumble.
Corsicana Mildred finished with 268 yards rushing and 139 yards passing, completing 12 of 25 attempts.
District 5-2A champion Jacksboro was upset Friday night by Blooming Grove, the fourth place team from District 6-2A, 38-35, while Nocona fell to Tolar 64-12. City view was defeated by Scurry-Rosser, 55-21.
The Bearcats will face Cooper in an area playoff at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22 at C.H. Collins Stadium in Denton.