PILOT POINT — Pilot Point bounced back from last week’s tough loss, exploding for 33 first-half points en route to a 43-7 victory over Lindsay on Friday night.
“That’s what good teams do — they bounce back from adversity,” Pilot Point coach Rob Best said. “We played a lot better on both sides of the ball and now we have to build on that.”
With the Bearcats jumping out to a big lead, Travis Garrett watched from the sidelines and backup Xavier Alexander got some playing time.
Alexander responded with some big numbers, completing 8 of 14 passes for 137 yards and two scores.
“This was Xavier’s first time to see some real time action at game speed,” Best said. “I think he did a heck of a job for us.”
Tristen Jurecka ran for more than 100 yards in the game, and Dacoven Bailey had 78 yards receiving along with 76 yards on the ground.
Offensively, the Bearcats racked up 448 total yards.
“We played a good game offensively, but our defense played a great game, too,” Best said. “We can’t talk about our offense without talking about the defense.”
In the first half, the Knights had negative rushing yards against the Bearcats.
Pilot Point’s second and third teams did a good job as well and almost held the shutout, allowing a lone score by late in the final quarter.
“We got to play a lot of kids,” Best said. “These kids all practice and it’s good for them and the coaches when they get some playing time. They will get to watch film of themselves and see what improvements need to be made. But as mentioned before, we just need to build on this.”
Pilot Point 43, Lindsay 7
PP – Tristan Jurecka 2 run, Ramiro Mendoza kick.
PP – Jurecka 1 run, Mendoza kick
PP – Safety, Jacob David and Lucas Greenwood make tackle in end zone.
PP – Travis Garrett 4 run, Mendoza kick.
PP – Creed Bright 28 pass from Xavier Alexander, Mendoza kick
PP – Mendoza 32 field goal
PP – Mendoza 38 field goal
PP – DaCoven Bailey 50 pass from Alexander, Mendoza kick
Lindsay – Caleb Anderle 2 run, John Haverkamp kick
Rushing: Lindsay, John Haverkamp 11-(-6), Elijah Walker 5-18, Dakota Ellender 9-25, Caleb Anderle 11-38, Justin Ott 1-3. Pilot Point, Tristan Jurecka 15-106, DaCoven Bailey 8-76, Travis Garrett 10-26, Creed Bright 3-21, Xavier Alexander 2-1, Braden King 3-9, Enos Baltazar 1-(-1).
Passing: Lindsay, Haverkamp 3-15-2-31. Pilot Point, Garrett 3-7-0-76; Alexander 8-14-0-131
Receiving: Lindsay, Anderle 1-11, Ott 1-13. Pilot Point, DaCoven Bailey 3-77, Creed Bright 3-58.