Despite a 23-point Maverick lead at halftime, Henrietta made a game out of Friday’s four-hour roundtrip to Eastland by fighting to within nine points of its opponent.
Two key turnovers made the difference in the game, giving Eastland the 33-14 win.
The Mavericks struck first with 3:30 left in the first quarter on a 79 yard pass from Hayden Carr to Matt Majors, and took a 10-0 lead early in the second with a 22-yard field goal.
Eastland’s two second quarter touchdowns came on Henrietta turnovers. The first an interception picked off by Maverick Steven Heinzman. Four-and-a-half minutes later, the Eastland defense blitzed the backfield, sacking quarterback Riley Watson and returned the resulting fumble 53 yards.
Henrietta made up for early miscues when, just 3 minutes into the third quarter, Watson connected with Tanner Ramos for a 15-yard touchdown pass. On the team’s next possession, Watson scrambled for a one-yard touchdown. Both Jameson Dowell extra-point attempts were good, 14-23.
Eastland struck again with 1:46 remaining in the third on a four-yard pass from Carr to Majors. The Mavericks put the final points on the board in the fourth quarter with a 34-yard field goal.
Carr, who filled Eastland’s quarterback position after starter Josh Gosnell suffered a broken collar bone two weeks ago, has proved to be as strong as his predecessor. Carr completed 15 of the teams 27 attempts for 232 yards passing. Eastland rushed for 126 yards on 28 carries.
Watson completed 12 of 20 pass attempts for the Bearcats, totaling 146 yards. Ben McCreary led Henrietta’s receivers with 68 yards on three receptions. Cody Fletcher, returning from an ankle injury, took five passes for 39 yards. Tanner Ramos had 26 yards on three catches and Jaylon Curtis took one for 13 yards.
The Bearcats gained 194 yards rushing on 42 attempts. Watson carried the ball 30 times for 147 yards, while Fletcher had six carries for 25 yards. Hayden West had four carries for 16 yards.
On defense, Austen Broussard finished with 5.5 tackles, followed by Leo Hunter and Logan Carter with 4.5 each. Hayden West had four tackles.
Henrietta hosts Millsap on Friday, Oct. 31, and travels to City View Nov. 7.