Curtis has big night; Friday game to sort out playoff seeds

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With both teams at 4-2 in district play, and both with losses to Cisco and Eastland, Friday night’s matchup between Henrietta and City View will determine third and fourth place in 2-3A.

The Bearcats and the Mustangs are locked into postseason appearances after wins Friday night. Henrietta earned a 55-0 win over Millsap, while City View earned a 44-12 decision over Holliday.

It was a big night for Jaylon Curtis, who led the Bearcat receiver corps with three catches for 163 yards and three touchdowns.

With Henrietta up 7-0 in the first quarter, quarterback Riley Watson connected with Curtis for a 20-yard touchdown and three minutes later found Curtis again for a 54-yard strike. Curtis closed Henrietta’s first half effort by taking a Watson pass 89 yards to the end zone.

Curtis also ended a Millsap drive deep in Bearcat territory with an interception.

In all, Watson threw four touchdown passes for the night, including a 20-yard strike to Cody Fletcher to put Henrietta on the scoreboard. Watson completed nine of 10 attempts for 271 passing yards. Watson kept the ball three times, rushing for 29 yards and a 10-yard touchdown to open the second quarter, and returned a Millsap interception for a touchdown.

Fletcher, who finished with two carries for 10 yards rushing, bullied in a seven-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Recovering from an ankle injury, Fletcher also had four catches for 50 yards.

Reed Latham scored Henrietta’s final strike of the night on a five-yard carry early in the fourth quarter. Latham led the team in rushing with 32 yards on seven carries.

The Bearcat defense shut down Millsap’s offensive effort, limiting the Bulldogs to seven yards passing and 195 yards rushing. Hayden West led the team in tackles with six, followed by Austen Broussard with 5.5 and Leo Hunter with 4.5. Layton Workman-Stewart and Cody Fletcher had four tackles each.

Henrietta accumulated 372 yards total offense, including 101 yards rushing.

City View gave an impressive show Friday night in Holliday, racking up 454 yards total offense. The much-improved Mustangs carried the ball 46 times for 301 yards rushing and completed eight of 17 pass attempts for 151 yards and one interception. City View held Holliday 86 yards passing, forcing three interceptions, and 114 yards rushing.

The Bearcats enter their final district contest having the distinction of playing the top two teams in 2-3A, both state-ranked powerhouses, closer than any other opponent this season. While Henrietta and City View battle it out, Cisco travels to Eastland to determine the district championship.

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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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