Bearcats dominate Tigers 48-14, gear up for Eastland

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Bearcat Riley Watson outpaces a Jacksboro defender in Friday's 48-14 win over the Tigers.

Bearcat Riley Watson outpaces a Jacksboro defender in Friday’s 48-14 win over the Tigers.

Fresh from Friday’s 48-14 win over Jacksboro, Henrietta faces it’s second big challenge in District 2-3A this week when the Bearcats travel to Eastland, a team ranked seventh in state by MaxPreps.com. A win would put the 6-1 Bearcats in possession of second place with two regular season games remaining.

A win would also upset preseason polls. Henrietta entered district play picked third in 2-3A, behind Cisco and Eastland. Both opponents are undefeated. The Bearcats became the first team in district to hold Cisco, ranked No. 2 by MaxPreps.com and No. 1 by the AP, to under 40 points. Henrietta fell to Cisco 23-12 with a last-minute Lobo touchdown. Despite the loss, the Bearcats improved to No. 13 in the Max Preps ranking.

Eastland’s offense dominated Holliday last week with 489 total yards, including a 296-yard passing performance from quarterback Hayder Carr in the 42-0 win. The Mavericks average 41.42 points per game with a defense that has allowed an average 12.42 points.

Injuries will play a role in the game. Bearcat tailback Cody Fletcher, who has averaged 8.08 rushing yards per carry and 18.52 receiving yards per play has been out two weeks for an upper ankle sprain. Friday will be the second game for Carr to start at quarterback after stepping up to replace Josh Gosnell, who suffered a broken collar bone in the team’s 34-0 win over Jacksboro on Oct. 10.

Henrietta quarterback Riley Watson found the end zone five times against Jacksboro, both rushing and passing as the Bearcats rolled up 412 yards total offense.

Henrietta took a 7-0 lead midway through the first on a one-yard run by Mason Hanson and Watson connected with Tanner Ramos for a 34-yard touchdown pass as the final seconds ticked off the quarter. The Bearcats scored twice more in the second quarter, on a 14-yard Watson run and a nine-yard pass to Jaylon Curtis.

Watson scored on a nine-yard run in the third quarter, and a one-yard run in the fourth, followed by a 20-yard touchdown run by Landon Davis with less than one minute on the clock.

Jameson Dowell scored on six of seven extra-point attempts.

Jacksboro’s two touchdowns came in the third quarter, a six-yard run from quarterback Tyler Pippin and a four-yard run by running back Collin Kinder.

The Bearcat defense limited Jacksboro to 259 yards total offense. The Tigers rushed 106 yards on 30 carries, and completed 14 of 22 passes for 153 yards. Layton Workman-Stewart had a big night, leading the defensive effort with 6.5 tackles, while Logan Carter and Dylan Galyean had 5.5 tackles each. Carter also had a sack. Hayden West finished with five tackles.

Watson completed seven of 10 passes for 108 yards, but it was the running game that earned the most yardage. The Bearcats carried the ball 46 times for 304 yards. Watson rolled 143 yards on 21 carries, followed by Davis with 70 yards on six carries, Hanson with 35 yards on eight carries and Reed Latham with 33 yards on six carries.

Hanson led the team in receiving with two catches for 54 yards, followed by Ramos with two for 32 yards. Curtis had two catches for 17 yards.

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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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