[By Anthony Hawthorne, Special to ETSN.fm]

MESQUITE -- Different year, same result.

The Henderson Lions dominated the Celina Bobcats, 64-35, for the second consecutive year behind the legs of Diamante Wright and Patrick “Monster” Brown, advancing to the Class 3A Division II Region II finals where they will meet “District of Doom” rival Gilmer next Friday night at 7 p.m. at Lobo Stadium.

The two-man show of Brown and Wright combined for 432 yards and eight touchdowns in leading the Lions' offense to 48 second-half points, accounting for all but 5 yards of the Lions' total offensive output.

Henderson's Patrick "Monster" Brown avoids a tackle by Celina's Tyler Ford during their game Friday night in Mesquite. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)

Wright finished the night with 293 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries, while “Monster” finished with 139 yards and five TDs on 20 carries. Brown threw the ball just five times, completing two for just 9 yards.

The Lions erased a four-point halftime deficit following a risky decision to accept an offsides penalty after a successful 38-yard field goal on fourth-and 6. The ensuing play was a fourth-and-1 with Brown racing untouched around the left side for the score, and the Lions never trailed again.

Henderson scored on its next five possessions, as well as forcing three turnovers, one of which was returned 87 yards by Kenny McCown on an interception for a score. Brown scored on runs of 34 and 1 yards, while Wright scored from 44, 8 and 9 yards out.

The Lions defense stiffened in the second half, allowing one big play on a Deshawn Davis 72-yard run with the rest of the yardage coming once the game had been put out of reach.

Celina (10-3) sophomore QB Nathan Elliott was 14 of 24 on the night for 174 yards, 143 coming late in the fourth, and a TD. He also threw two interceptions. Davis finished with 170 yards on just 12 carries and two touchdowns. Both started out well as the Bobcats built a 20-16 halftime advantage, with both scoring on runs – Elliot’s from 29 and Davis’ from 60.

The Bobcats defense even managed to contain Brown for the majority of the first half. Stopping Wright was another story. The senior tailback had 151 yards in the first half, 126 of which came in the first quarter.


Class 3A Division II Region II

Henderson 64, Celina 35

E.H. Hanby Stadium, Mesquite

Henderson 64, Celina 35
Henderson       16    0   27   21   --   64
Celina              14    6     7     8   --   35
First Quarter
HEN--FG William Mann 26, 5:37.
CEL--Nathan Elliott 29 run (kick failed), 4:14.
HEN--Patrick Brown 6 run (Mann kick), 2:01.
CEL--Deshawn Davis 60 run (Elliott run), 1:26.
HEN--Brown 14 run (kick failed), :42.
Second Quarter
CEL--Cash Condor 3 run (kick failed), 6:27.
Third Quarter
HEN--Brown 16 run (kick failed), 7:37.
HEN--Brown 34 run (Mann Kick), 5:35.
CEL--DeShawn Davis 72 run (Aguirre kick), 5:17.
HEN--Diamante Wright 44 run (Mann Kick), 5:01.
HEN--Wright 8 run (Mann Kick), :35.
Fourth Quarter
HEN--Wright 9 run (Mann kick), 9:49.
CEL--Ben Thiel 23 pass from Elliott (Thiel run), 8:37.
HEN--Brown 1 run (Mann kick), 8:26.
HEN--Kenny McCown interception return (Mann kick), 5:26.

                                    HEN                 CEL
First Downs                       14                   13
Rushes-Yards             54-428             30-274
Passing Yards                     9                 174
Comp-Att-Int.               2-5-0            14-24-2
Punts-Avg.                  3-35.0              5-26.0
Fumbles-Lost                   0-0                  1-1
Penalties-Yards               5-55              10-71

RUSHING -- Henderson: Patrick “Monster” Brown 20-139, Diamante Wright 30-293, Zedrick Lister 1-(-3), Jamal Kind 1-2, Randy Davis 2(-3). Celina: Connor Torbert 7-49, Cash Condor 2-10, Ben Thiel 2-3, Deshawn Davis 12-170, Nathan Elliott 7-42
PASSING -- Henderson: Patrick “Monster” Brown 2-5-0 9. Celina: Nathan Elliott 14-24-2 174
RECEIVING -- Henderson: Tre’ Hollins 1-9, Diamante Wright 1-0. Celina: Ben Thiel 4-82, Connor Torbert 5-28, Deshawn Davis 1-15, Willie Sims 1-8, Braylin Brown 1-30, Cash Condor 2-11.

Henderson's Patrick "Monster" Brown is wrapped up by Celina's Justin Leshowitz during their playoff game Friday in Mesquite. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)