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Bearcat defense grounds Eagles in delayed win

Bearcats Logan Carter and Dylan Galyean sack Holliday quarterback Levi Draper during Friday’s weather-delayed win over the Eagles. The Henrietta defense limited Holliday to 137 yards of offense.

Bearcats Logan Carter and Dylan Galyean sack Holliday quarterback Levi Draper to force a fumble during Friday’s weather-delayed win over the Eagles. The Henrietta defense limited Holliday to 137 yards of offense.

The same Henrietta defense that made a statement against Cisco the week before shut down Holliday’s offense Friday night, giving the Bearcats the opportunity for a win against their biggest rival.

Bearcat fans attending the game waited out a weather delay of almost two hours to see the final result, a 36-2 win to improve to 2-1 in District 2-3A. The lopsided score allowed Henrietta a chance to rest running back Cody Fletcher, who is injured.

Henrietta held a 12-0 lead with 7:11 remaining in the first half when the game was delayed for lightning.

Sophomore Mason Hanson scored on a one-yard run with 2:40 left in the first to put Henrietta up 6-0. kicking into the wind, a gust blew Jameson Dowell’s extra-point attempt to the right and into the upright.

The Holliday offense became an easy read for the Bearcats when, 4 minutes, 14 seconds into the second quarter, Henrietta defensive back Leo Hunter eyed a Holliday screen pass in the making, stepping in for the interception. Hunter carried the ball 17 yards into the end zone, turning the Holliday third-and-10 situation into six points for the Bearcats.

It was the first of two interceptions claimed by the Bearcats as Henrietta held Holliday’s passing game to five completions on 16 attempts for 42 yards. The Eagles finished with 90 yards rushing on 31 carries as Henrietta claimed three fumbles. Holliday quarterback Levi Draper was sacked five times. The Bearcat defense gave up only nine first downs.

Layton Workman-Stewart led the Bearcats in tackles with 5.5, followed by Logan Carter with five tackles and Dylan Galyean with 3.5.

With the rain heavy at times, Henrietta pounded the Eagles with a running game that rolled up 292 yards on 56 carries. Quarterback Riley Watson led the team in rushing yards with 25 carries for 203 yards and three touchdowns, followed by Hayden West with five carries for 29 yards. Landon Davis had seven carries for 27 yards and Hanson took the ball 12 times for 24 yards.

Watson completed four of 10 pass attempts, all to Bryce Schroeder, for 52 yards.

Play resumed at 10:05, and shortly after, Watson scrambled for a seven-yard touchdown with 36 seconds left in the second quarter, and opened the third quarter with a one-yard TD run. Dowell nailed both kicks to put the Bearcats up 26-0.

Henrietta marched downfield again in the third to set up a 46-yard field goal by Dowell, 29-0.

Henrietta’s final strike came less than 30 seconds into the fourth quarter when Watson rushed 20 yards for a touchdown. Up by 36 points, Head Coach Byron West sent in his underclassmen.

Holliday’s only points in the game came with 5:26 remaining in the game. Henrietta had picked off a Holliday pass on its own 5 yard line. On the first play from scrimmage, the Eagles made a tackle in the end zone for a safety.

Henrietta is 5-1 for the season and 2-1 in district play. Holliday falls to 3-3 and 1-2.

Around the district, Cisco (6-0, 3-0) defeated Nocona (0-6, 0-3), 41-0; City View (4-2, 2-1) defeated Millsap (3-3, 0-3), 60-8; and Eastland (6-0, 3-0) defeated Jacksboro (1-5, 1-2), 35-0.

Henrietta hosts Jacksboro on Friday.


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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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