Henrietta Knows They Need to Score More in 2013

Henrietta Knows They Need to Score More in 2013

There was a clear theme in the Henrietta Bearcats' pre-season interviews this season.

Five times in three interviews, the phrase "points on the board" came up.

Last year's team scored just 89 points in ten games. They scored 35 of those in a shootout loss to Quanah, meaning they averaged just six points per game in their other nine.

Sophomore quarterback Riley Watson was the J.V. quarterback last year. This year he's competing with senior Conner Fletcher for the starting job on varsity.

"It's still just football," Watson said. "There's no reason to get panicky, just relax and things will go your way."

Fletcher sat out a lot of Monday's practice after getting nicked up in last week's scrimmage, but Head Coach Byron West thinks having gone through last year will help him.

"He was quarterback through that rough season," West said. "So, you know the experience of going through that and still being able to fight back and lead these guys... the experience that he brings to the table is gonna help him down the long run."

Defense really wasn't the Bearcats' problem last year. They only allowed 21 points per game and weren't blown out often.

Coach West sees that trend continuing this year.

"I don't think there's going to be any games that run away from us," West said. "[Defensive coordinator] Gregg [Graves] and those guys do a great job on defense and keep it, usually, keep it low-scoring."

And if they do that, it'll all come down to that one theme again.

"We just need to pick it up," Watson said. "Put more points on the board."

Junior lineman Zachary Bloodworth agrees: "Our offense, we've got to be able to drive the football down the field and put points on the board."

The Bearcats open up the season at home against Callisburg, who received votes in the initial Associated Press Texas high school football rankings.