‘Cats dominate Electra to open 2014 season

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Sophomore Bearcat Mason Hanson looks for a way out of the backfield during the fourth quarter of Friday's season opener win over Electra.

Sophomore Bearcat Mason Hanson looks for a way out of the backfield during the fourth quarter of Friday’s season opener win over Electra.

Riley Watson and Cody Fletcher combined for four of Henrietta’s five touchdown strikes in the Bearcats 35-6 week one win over Electra Friday night.

Watson, a junior, completed eight of 12 pass attempts for 122 yards, including two touchdown strikes to Fletcher. With another 122 yards gained on the ground, Henrietta tallied 333 yards total offense against the Tigers, averaging 7.4 yards per play. The Bearcat defense held Electra 137 yards total offense, rendering the Tiger passing game ineffective.

“We’ll take that,” said Henrietta Head Coach Byron West of the win. “We got out with no injuries, scored some points and played defense, so we’re pretty happy right now.”

Watson scrambled for a 31-yard touchdown to kick off Henrietta’s scoring effort, posting the first of the Bearcats 22 first-quarter points. In Henrietta’s next possession, Fletcher, also a junior, scored from the 50-yard line.

The Henrietta defense pinned Electra running back Clayton Holmes in the Tiger end zone for a safety, followed by a one-yard touchdown run by senior Hayden West.

Watson found Fletcher open deep in Tiger territory for a 57-yard touchdown pass with just over a minute remaining in the first half, and again in the third quarter for a 21-yard touchdown.

Jameson Dowell went 3-for-5 on extra-point kicks.

Electra put up its first points in the fourth quarter on a six-yard run.

Leo Hunter led Henrietta’s defensive effort with 3.5 tackles, followed by Kandon Bennett and Shane Basham with three tackles each.

Next week, the Bearcats travel to Paradise, a team that finished 1-9 last year and opened the 2014 season with a 30-7 loss to Life Red Oak.

“They’re going to be a lot tougher than what they were,” said West. “We’re going to have to get after it and go back to work to get on them.”

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Matt Kelton began working for community newspapers at 19 and has since won numerous awards. He founded The Pioneer Sentinel in 2011 with the belief that a locally owned news source best represents a community. Matt is a fifth generation resident of Clay County.

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