WHITESBORO — The Whitesboro Bearcats still have Aubrey’s number.
Carrying a 6-3 advantage into the 10th meeting between the two schools, the Bearcats stifled the Chaparrals’ offense with six quarterback sacks on their way to a 27-13 homecoming win Friday night at Bearcat Stadium.
Whitesboro totaled 349 offensive yards while holding the Chaparrals to just 125 total yards. The Bearcats lined up eight defensive players within five yards for most of the night against what Aubrey head coach Mike Segleski called a subpar passing performance by his team.
“They loaded up to stop our running game and we have to be able to throw the football in those situations,” Segleski said. “When we can’t, that’s the kind of night we’ll have offensively.”
Aubrey’s offense failed to convert on fourth-and-1 on its opening possession, and Whitesboro turned that into points just two plays later on a 48-yard touchdown run by senior Cody Ford. Whitesboro missed the extra point, leaving the Chaparrals trailing 6-0 in the first three minutes of the game.
Despite stumbling out of the gate, the Chaparrals responded quickly. On the ensuing drive, Aubrey put together a 14-play 75-yard scoring drive in 5:06 that was capped by a 2-yard sneak from quarterback Mason Robinson. Aubrey’s senior finished 6-of-14 passing for 59 yards, adding two scores on the ground.
Whitesboro started the second quarter just 34 yards away from the end zone. Eleven plays later, senior running back Collin Kilcrease pounded in a 1-yard run for a 13-7 Bearcats lead. Kilcrease, who returned after missing last week with an injury and was named homecoming king, led all rushers with 114 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries.
After a three-and-out, Aubrey got the ball back as senior Chancy Hull got to the quarterback to force a fumble that was recovered by Cole Cannon on the Bearcats’ 7-yard line. Robinson pounded in a 1-yard score to tie the game at 13-13 with 3:23 left in the first half.
Despite the loss, Segleski said Hull’s forced fumble was a high point.
“I thought he was just all over the field,” Segleski said. “I thought [his forced fumble] was the biggest thing that stood out for us tonight. But I didn’t think we ever quit fighting. We kept fighting till the end.”
Momentum died shortly thereafter, when Bearcats quarterback Kyle Lynn, who transferred from Aubrey last season, connected with Ford on a play-action pass for a 46-yard score to give Whitesboro a 20-13 lead heading into halftime. Ford had nine carries for 110 yards and a score to go with his TD catch.
Neither team scored again until Lynn, who finished 6-of-14 passing for 108 yards and a touchdown, punched in another 2-yard run two minutes into the final quarter that became the final score.
Aubrey looks to rebound from the loss at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Pilot Point, hoping to improve in a key area.
“Getting people out of the box,” Segleski said. “When people give us the opportunity to throw the ball, we have to find a way to take advantage of it. That’s what we have to do, because we want to run the football.”
Whitesboro 27, Aubrey 13
WB — Cody Ford 48 run (Atticus Kilcrease kick failed)
AU — Mason Robinson 2 run (Evan Moore kick)
WB — Collin Kilcrease 1 run (Atticus Kilcrease kick)
AU — Mason Robinson 1 run (Evan Moore kick blocked)
WB — Cody Ford 46 pass from Kyle Lynn (Atticus Kilcrease kick)
WB — Kyle Lynn 2 run (Atticus Kilcrease kick)
Rushing — AU: Daniel Longhenry 14-51, Clay Kelly 4-21, Matt Duncan 1-5, Tyler Williams 1-3, Phillip Wilds 1-3, Mason Robinson 10--17, WB: Collin Kilcrease 19-114, Cody Ford 9-110, Kyle Lynn 13-16, Ty Slaughter 1-1.
Passing — AU: Mason Robinson 6-14-0-59, WB: Kyle Lynn 6-14-0-108.
Receiving — AU: Calvin Stang 3-27, Rylee Hellman 1-18, Josh Millican 1-8, Cole Cannon 1-6, WB: Cody Ford 1-46, Ryan Willis 1-36, Clayton Stringer 3-17, Jake Dyer 1-9.