Henrietta fell to the top ranked 3A Div. II team in the state Friday, but the loss did not come without merit. With their first defeat this year, the Bearcats moved up in ranking to No. 13 in 3A-II according to MaxPreps.
Yes, Cisco is that good, and so is the Bearcat defense.
The Loboes entered Friday’s game with a season-long scoring average of 39.25 points per game. Henrietta allowed only 23, with Cisco scoring it’s final six points with one minute remaining in the game, and set up on a turnover.
It was the third scoring drive for Cisco in the 23-12 final that began as a Henrietta interception.
The Loboes began Friday’s game with a pick to set up a 20-yard touchdown pass from Taylor Massey to Kotie Hoover followed by a two-point conversion. Henrietta had held Cisco scoreless through the first nine-and-a-half minutes of the game.
Henrietta closed the gap with two successful offensive drives in the second quarter resulting in Jameson Dowell field goals. Dowell narrowed Cisco’s lead with a 44-yard kick at the 10:43 mark, and added three at 5:21 with a 41-yard boot.
Cisco added it’s own field goal from 25 yards out with 21 second left in the first half for an 11-6 score that would hold through the third quarter.
Cisco scored first in the fourth quarter on an 11-yard Landen Lewis run. The two-point conversion failed.
With 4:29 remaining, Bearcat quarterback Riley Watson scrambled eight yards into the end zone. With a failed two-point conversion attempt, Henrietta had moved to within five points of the Loboes, 17-12.
The Bearcats made one more offensive drive, ending in the interception to set up Cisco’s final score.
Watson completed 11 of 18 pass attempts for 94 yards, including five passes to Cody Fletcher for 24 yards, two completions to Jaylon Curtis for 50 yards and one to Hayden West for 16 yards.
Henrietta finished with 131 yards rushing on 27 carries. Watson led the team with 20 carries for 120 yards, followed by Fletcher with six carries for eight yards and West with one carry for three yards.
The Bearcat defense held forced four Cisco fumbles with one recovery and one interception. The Loboes rushed for 119 yards on 42 carries and competed 13 of 18 pass attempts for 213 yards.
This week, the Bearcats host rival Holliday for homecoming. The 3-2 Eagles fell to Cisco 54-7 in the District 2-3A. With Friday’s loss, Henrietta is 4-1 for the season.
The Bearcats, picked in preseason polls to place third in 2-3A, will challenge one more top 10 team in district play, Eastland on Oct. 24. Eastland is ranked seventh in state.