HENDERSON — Del Barnes threw for 264 yards and three touchdowns to three different receivers as Henderson defeated Pittsburg 38-13 Friday night at Lion Stadium.
Barnes’ scoring tosses covered 3 yards to Travon Roquemore, 25 to Patrick Brown and 20 to Arquez Walton as the Lions improved to 7-0 for the season and 2-0 in District 16-3A play, setting up a showdown next week at Carthage.
The Lions also got a solid performance from running back Jay O’Neal, who finished with 141 yards rushing and a touchdown, coming on a 1-yard run, to go with a 5-yard scoring run from Patrick Brown and a 35-yard field goal from William Mann against the Pirates, who dropped to 4-3 overall and 0-2 in district.
Henderson finished with 495 yards of total offense with 231 of that coming on 28 rushing attempts. Barnes was 15 of 21 although he did suffer an interception late in the contest by Kaymon Farmer. Pittsburg, coming off an overtime loss to Carthage a week ago, rushed for 311 yards and quarterback. Brad Lewis was 8 of 11 passing for 44 yards, giving the Pirates 355 yards for the game.
Trailing 24-0 at the half and down by 38 after O’Neal’s scoring plunge with 9:50 remaining in the third quarter and Barnes’ 25-yard strike to Walton with 5:35 left in the period, Pittsburg put together both of its scoring drives.
The first covered 80 yards in three plays with Derek Allen, who rushed for 157 yards, scoring on a 3-yard run, and quarterback Lewis, who added 117 yards rushing, closing out the scoring with a 43-yard scamper with 9:51 remaining in the contest.
The defending Class 3A Division I state champions scored the first three times they had the football against the Pirates. The opening drive covered 57 yards before stalling at the Pirates’ 13 yard line, bringing in Mann to put the Lions up 3-0 with a 35-yard field goal.
Henderson navigated 81 yards in four plays to score its first touchdown of the night on its next possession. Patrick Brown scored on a 5-yard run. The big play of the march was a 53-yard completion from Barnes to Nathan Brewer.
The Lions extended their lead to 17-0 with a 3-yard completion from Barnes to Roquemore, which capped a seven-play, 52-yard march with 9:43 remaining in the second quarter.
Henderson wrapped up the scoring in the first half with a 25-yard scoring toss from Barnes to Patrick Brown with 1:53 left in the first half.
Four different Henderson receivers had three receptions each. Walton finished with 3 for 48, Patrick Brown 3 for 50 and LaMarcus Brown 3 for 79 yards.
Bear Bradley led the Pittsburg receiving corps with four receptions for 31 yards.
While the Lions visit Carthage next week, Pittsburg returns home to entertain Gladewater.