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Bearcats rip through Paradise

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, October 20, 2012

UP IN THE AIR – Paradise quarterback Tanner Valentine loses the ball as he is sacked in the second quarter, handing Pilot Point the possession. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

Beau Ewton woke the Pilot Point Bearcats up from an early slumber Friday night.

The senior linebacker batted the fourth-down pass from Paradise quarterback Tanner Valentine 15 yards backwards.

The Bearcats responded to the wake-up call with a dominating effort the rest of the night on both sides of the ball in a 29-6 victory over Paradise at Panther Stadium.

“We were flat. You could tell in warmups we weren’t as intense,” Ewton said. “We got going after that.”

Pilot Point moved to 6-2 and 3-1 in District 5-2A Division I. Paradise fell to 0-6 and 0-3 in district.

The Bearcats defense that allowed Paradise to march into Pilot Point territory on its first drive before Ewton’s stuff ended up holding the Panthers to 162 yards and came 3 minutes and 50 seconds away from the shutout.

Paradise’s Chris Hill spoiled the shut-out bid with a 10-yard dash to the end zone.

“I don’t know if we ever consistently moved the ball against them,” said Paradise coach Danny Neighbors. “They’re really athletic.”

Pilot Point forced three turnovers, including Austin Trinklein’s interception that he returned 49 yards for the Bearcats’ final touchdown in the third quarter.

The Pilot Point offense that went three-and-out on its first drive found the end zone on three of their final four possessions of the first half. The Bearcats’ touchdown on the final drive of the half on a 38-yard heave to the end zone to Creed Bright was negated as quarterback Travis Garrett stepped across the line of scrimmage.

Pilot Point chewed up huge chunks of yards on the ground to cash in on its first three scores. For the night, the Bearcats rushed for 254 yards.

Garrett completed a seven-play, 59-yard drive with a plunge into the end zone from one yard out.

Tristan Jurecka put Pilot Point up two scores with a 23-yard sprint to pay dirt. Jurecka ran for 104 yards on 11 carries.

Freshman Jarron Alexander capped a 15-play, 85-yard drive with a 3-yard run to give Pilot Point a 21-0 lead. Alexander carried the ball six times for 44 yards on the drive. Alexander finished with 66 yards.

Pilot Point did commit 11 penalties for 115 yards and turned the ball over three times – two on fumbles.

“We came and did what we had to do,” said Pilot Point coach Rob Best. “We secured one of our goals – a winning season. We can check that one off after two years.”

PILOT POINT 29, PARADISE 6

Pilot Point … 6 … 8 … 7 … … 8-29
Paradise … 0 … 0 … 0 … … 6-6

FIRST QUARTER

Pilot Point – 5:14; Travis Garrett 1 run; pass failed
Pilot Point – 2:40; Tristan Jurecka 23 run; Garrett run

SECOND QUARTER

Pilot Point- 3:50; Jarron Alexander; Juan Juarez Carlos kick

THIRD QUARTER

Pilot Point- 3:54; Austin Trinklein 40 interception return; Jurecka run

FOURTH QUARTER

Paradise – 3:50; Chris Hill 10 run; pass failed

PILOT POINT … PARADISE

First Downs … 16 … 14
Rushes-yards … 38-254 … 32-73
Passing yards … 75 … 89
Total yards … 329 … 162
Comp-Att-Int … 5-14-1 … 10-27-3
Punts-average … 2-36.5 … 5-33.4
Fumbles-lost … 4-2 … 1-1
Penalties-yards … 11-115 … 2-10

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing: Pilot Point, Travis Garrett 13-61, Tristan Jurecka 11-104, Austin Rider 2-17, Eugenio Soto 2-6, Jarron Alexander 10-66. Paradise, Taylor Edwards 13-67, Jarrett Roper 5-15, Tanner Valentine 10-(minus 20), Chris Lowery 1-(minus 1), Chris Hill 3-12.
Passing: Pilot Point, Garrett 4-12-1-39, Xavier Alexander 1-2-0-36. Paradise, Valentine 10-27-2-89.
Receiving: Pilot Point, Matt Greenwood 1-15, Creed Bright 2-28, Jacob Lock 1-(minus 4), Eugenio Soto 1-36. Paradise, Roper 3-29, Callahan Storey 2-8, Edwards 2-18, Jarret Holt 1-11, Chris Lowery 2-23.

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