HENRIETTA – Unable to muster very much offense, the Millsap High School Bulldogs (4-3, 1-1) lost a tough district contest to a high-powered Henrietta Bearcats (5-2, 1-1) team on Friday night, 34-14.
The Bulldogs were averaging 40 points a game over their last three, but the Bearcats defense held them to just 14 points and fewer than 300 yards of total offense on Friday.
“Our guys played hard, but we gave up too many big plays to a very good football team,” said Millsap head coach Jake Johnson. “I am confident that we will learn from our mistakes and grow from this.”
Down 27-7 at one point, the Bulldogs were simply unable to slow down the Bearcats offense as often as they needed to. But when the Millsap defense did have success, it came in the Bulldogs secondary.
Along with pass breakups for senior safety Lane Rich and junior cornerback Raymond Pacheco, sophomore defensive back Jace Davis forced the only Henrietta turnover on the night as he came down with his team-leading fifth interception of the season.
On offense, the Bulldogs had limited success in both the passing and running games.
Leading rushers in the Henrietta loss were senior Brock Barron with 49 yards, Davis with 27 yards and junior fullback Franklin Lopez with 52 yards rushing.
At wide receiver, the senior Rich totaled 60 yards on the night and one touchdown, while the sophomore Davis led the 'Dawgs with 61 yards receiving and a TD.
“We will continue to move our program forward and improve our level of execution,” said Johnson. “We have a great group of young men who will show up focused and ready to get back to work next week.”
Millsap High School football will continue its District 5-3A schedule next Friday, Oct. 27, as the Bulldogs return home for a matchup with the unbeaten 7-0 Jacksboro Tigers at 7 p.m.