Henrietta quarterback Riley Watson scrambled for a five-yard touchdown just four minutes into Friday’s game against Paradise. The seven points scored, with Jameson Dowell’s extra-point kick, would be the difference in the final with the Bearcats claiming a 20-13 win over the Panthers.
Watson finished the night’s performance with a total of eight carries for 61 yards to lead the Bearcats in rushing and completed nine of 15 pass attempts for 191 yards and one interception, including a touchdown pass to Jaylon Curtis.
Paradise answered Henrietta’s first quarter drive when Austin Jones found the end zone from eight yards out. The Bearcats held a one-point lead after the Panther two-point conversion attempt fell short.
Watson connected with Curtis for a 31-yard touchdown with only 11 seconds left in the half, and ran for a seven-yard touchdown three minutes into the third quarter to give Henrietta a 20-6 lead.
With 6:21 remaining in the third, Panther Cash Preather connected with Darian Sotomi for a 14-yard touchdown, the final score of the night.
The Bearcats finished with 253 yards total offense, including 62 yards rushing. Curtis finished with three receptions for 60 yards. Watson connected with Cody Fletcher twice for 40 yards and hit Bryce Schroeder and Leo Hunter single gains of 39 and 37 yards, respectively.
Logan Carter led the Henrietta defense with three tackles. The defense held Paradise to 106 yards total offense.
Next week, Henrietta (2-0) plays host to Bowie (1-1), who defeated Lake Worth Friday in overtime.