HENDERSON — On a rainy night when there was a 35-minute weather delay because of lightning, the difference in the Hallsville-Henderson game came down to a mishandled snap on an extra point attempt.
Trailing 20-14, Hallsville quarterback Austin Toney completed a 14-yard scoring pass to Jesse Navarro with just over four minutes to play and Paden Brown converted the extra point, which turned out to be the difference in the game as the Bobcats came away with a 21-20 victory, spoiling Henderson’s homecoming Friday night at Lion Stadium.
With the win, Hallsville improves to 2-1, knocking off its second Class 3A playoff team from a year ago in as many weeks. The Bobcats defeated Van 38-13, while the loss drops Henderson to 1-2.
Hallsville, coming off an impressive win over Van last week, opened the scoring as Macailyn Wilder, the second quarterback in the Bobcats’ two-quarterback system, scored on an eight-yard keeper with just 41 seconds remaining in the first quarter. The touchdown run capped a six-play, 34-yard march, which took 2:34.
Wilder, who was 1-for-3 passing, would add a 46-yard scoring pass to Coby Bradford.
The Lions answered, though, with a five-play, 31-yard drive, after a short Hallsville punt out of the Bobcats’ end zone. The scoring play was a six-yard Janson Moore completion to Travon Roquemore with 8:34 left in the second quarter.
The teams left the field, observing a weather delay, beginning at 8:05 p.m. just after Henderson scored its touchdown.
Hallsville regained the lead though, a couple of possessions later on the Wilder to Bradford completion for a touchdown. Bradford caught the football at the 25-yard line. Brown’s PAT gave the Bobcats a 14-7 lead.
Henderson knotted the score at 14-all on a 55-yard Moore to Mikel Lewis completion with 10:37 remaining in the third quarter.
The Lions would take the lead for the first time in the contest with 6:41 left in the fourth quarter on a one-yard Jamal Kind run. The touchdown capped a nine-play 43-yard march. The Lions brought in their kicker William Mann for the conversion, but a mishandled snap did not allow Mann to even attempt the extra point and Henderson led 20-14.
Both teams were bothered by the weather conditions, losing three fumbles each. Hallsville’s Dionte Johnson also came away with an interception.
Next week, Henderson travels to Jacksonville and Hallsville returns home to entertain Lindale.