Idalou overpowers Bearcats in bi-district playoff

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It was an ugly ending to a beautiful season for the Henrietta Friday night in Abilene as the Bearcats took a 65-13 bi-district loss to Idalou.

In the first four minutes of the game, Idalou claimed a two-touchdown lead over Henrietta, a blow from which the Bearcats would not recover. By halftime, the Wildcats led 51-7.

Idalou scored 44 unanswered points before Henrietta would get on the scoreboard. With 4:50 left in the first half, junior quarterback Riley Watson scored on a two-yard keeper. Henrietta last touchdown came at the final buzzer when freshman Zack West scored on a five-yard run.

Idalou standout Brandt Schilling scored on runs of 29, 89 and six yards in the first quarter. Wildcat Tharon Woodard returned an interception to open the second quarter. Idalou added a 30-yard touchdown pass and scored on runs of 25 and two yards, as well as a Henrietta safety. In the fourth quarter, Idalou scored on runs of five yards and one yard.

The Wildcats finished with 469 yards total offense, thanks to a dominating ground game. Idalou carried the ball 48 times for 418 yards rushing. The Wildcats completed three of four passes for 51 yards. Schilling rolled for 243 yards on 17 carries.

The Bearcat defense claimed two Idalou fumbles.

Offensively, Henrietta accumulated 230 yards offense, including 42 carries for 168 yards rushing. The Bearcat passing game, which played a key role in the team’s success this season, suffered against a stout Idalou defense.

Watson completed six of 16 pass attempts for 62 yards, his longest connection coming on a 23-yard play to Bryce Schroeder. Cody Fletcher took four Watson passes for 24 yards and Jaylon Curtis had one 15-yard reception.

Watson carried the ball 23 times for 89 yards to lead the rushing effort. West had four carries for 26 yards, while Leo Hunter had three for 23 yards, Reed Latham took five for 21 yards and Fletcher had six for 10 yards.

Watson led the team in tackles with 4.5, followed by Jameson Dowell with four.

With the loss, Henrietta closes the 2014 season with an 8-3 record. The Bearcats entered district undefeated and fell to Cisco and Eastland to take third place in District 2-3A.

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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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