Hirschi had a lot to be excited about early on in Thursday's scrimmage, but then Henrietta rebounded and showed the Huskies they also have some things to work on in their final week before the 2012 kickoff.
During the first part of the scrimmage the Huskies broke several long runs — missing by inches on a 70-yard touchdown when the runner's foot hit the sideline — and Hirschi scored both on a run and a perfectly executed screen pass where every receiver made a good block.
Meanwhile, Henrietta struggled with snaps and had trouble moving the sticks at all. And the Bearcats had trouble keeping the Husky backs from making the corner.
But when the timed quarter began with the coaches moving to the sidelines, it was a different game.
Henrietta made adjustments and looked crisp while marching down the field on a five-minute touchdown drive. And the Bearcats picked off an ill-advised pass deep over the middle, winning the quarter 7-0.
"It's one of those deals where they say I'm satisfied," Hirschi coach Cody Slater said of his team's drop-off in the timed period. "I was real proud of them in the first half, and I'm still proud of them, but we got exposed there a little bit and got a sour taste in our mouth. It gives us something to go work on this next week."
He was proud of the run game, saying that "up front we're bigger and stronger and it's really paid off for us. We have really explosive backs in Queysean Sanders and (Cedric) Battle and then (Deon) Mitchell can come in," Slater said.
The quarterbacks also made some plays in the run game. And Slater smiled when asked about the screen that broke, saying, "that's a big facet of the game in the spread offense. Coach (Justin) Chavez preaches that to them."
Defensively, Slater hopes to see more improvement for the opener against Bowie (7 p.m., Aug. 31).
"We gotta play better up front," Slater said. "We got tired and started standing up. The linebackers looked good at the start but then they started looking at bouncing again and not doing what they were coached to do."
Nothing has happened in two scrimmages to keep Slater from believing this can be a playoff team in District 5-3A. The Huskies will begin a 10 games in 10 weeks stretch next week.
Henrietta got a chance to carry some momentum from the way they closed the scrimmage into next week's opener at Callisburg (7:30 p.m., Aug. 31).