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Bearcats beat up Boyd, 40-14

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, October 5, 2013

Boyd’s Fino Cardona sliced through the Pilot Point defense, carrying the ball six straight times on his way to a go-ahead touchdown on the Yellowjackets’ first possession.

But that drive served as a wake-up call to a Pilot Point defense that dominated the rest of the night.

Chunking It

CHUNKING IT – Boyd’s Clay Barnett aims a pass downfield during Friday action against Pilot Point. Photo courtesy of Richard Greene

The Bearcats (4-2, 2-0) piled up 10 sacks and held Boyd (1-5, 1-1) to 118 yards on its final nine drives to take a 40-14 homecoming victory Friday at Pilot Point.

After the first drive, Pilot Point’s defensive line took up residence in the Boyd backfield and were constantly draped around the ‘Jackets’ sophomore quarterback, Clay Barnett. Boyd lost 59 yards on the 10 sacks.

Boyd coach Brandon Hopkins said his squad never found a way to block Pilot Point up front, outside of the opening 51-yard drive that ended with Cardona’s two-yard scoring run, and another nine-play drive just before the half.

Barnett connected with Dalton Stidham for a 5-yard touchdown pass to bring Boyd within 20, 34-14, at halftime.

But the ‘Jackets never found the end zone in the second half, turning the ball over once and giving up another five sacks.

“We just couldn’t block them up front,” Hopkins said. “Number 10 [John Groff] was eating us alive. Even when we had a chance to make a play, we couldn’t keep them blocked. They killed us up front.”

Cardona ended the night with a respectable 108 yards on 18 carries, but sacks brought the team total down to just 48 yards.

Barnett hit on 10 of his 23 passes for 121 yards, a touchdown and an interception. The Bearcats’ 449 total yards and 24 first downs dwarfed the 169 total yards and 15 first downs Boyd was able to amass.

Pilot Point scored on all five of its first-half possessions, as quarterback Travis Garrett passed for three touchdowns and rushed for another.

Only a missed extra point on the first Bearcat touchdown allowed Boyd to lead, 7-6, after Cardona’s touchdown.

But a three-and-out put the ball back in Garrett’s hands and he marched the Bearcats on an 11-play, 62-yard drive.

Pilot Point scored three more times before Barnett hit Stidham with :05 left in the first half.

With the victory, Pilot Point avenged a loss to Boyd last year that kept them out of the playoffs.

Richard Greene, former sports editor of the Messenger, is managing editor of the Pilot Point Post-Signal

PILOT POINT 40, BOYD 14

Boyd … 7 … 7 … 0 … 0 … – … 14
Pilot Point … 6 … 27 … 6 … 0 … – … 40

FIRST QUARTER

PP – 6:47, Travis Garrett 2 run, kick failed
Boyd – 3:31, Fino Cardona 2 run, Nathan Thomas kick

SECOND QUARTER

PP – 11:43, Jamaal Anderson 4 pass from Garrett, Garrett run
PP – 7:42, DaCoven Bailey 7 run, kick failed
PP – 2:41, Bailey 5 pass from Garrett, Jesus Orta kick
PP – 1:35, Bailey 43 pass from Garrett, Orta kick
Boyd – 0:05, Dalton Stidham 5 pass from Clay Barnett, Thomas kick

THIRD QUARTER

PP – 3:52, Creed Bright 51 pass from Garrett, kick failed

BOYD … PILOT POINT

First Downs … 13 … 24
Rushes Yards … 25-48 … 36-197
Passing Yards … 121 … 252
Total Yards … 169 … 449
Comp-Att-Int … 10-23-1 … 13-21-2
Punts-avg. … 5-31.4 … 2-15.5
Fumbles-lost … 0-0 … 2-0
Penalties-yds … 8-56 … 7-79

INDVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing: Boyd, Fino Cardona 18-108; Pilot Point, Tristan Jurecka 15-91, Travis Garrett 13-77.
Passing: Boyd, Barnett 10-23-1-121. Pilot Point, Garrett 12-15-2-252.
Receiving: Boyd, Cozby 4-28, Wells 1-34, Cardona 2-32, Cameron Schulte 2-15. Pilot Point, Creed Bright 4-86, DaCoven Bailey 5-112.

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