McKINNEY — Too much Caleb Twyford and too many interceptions doomed the Pilot Point Bearcats to a 35-27 Class 2A Division I bi-district playoff loss to Farmersville at Ron Poe Stadium on Friday night.
The Bearcats had one final gasp to try and tie the game after stopping the Fightin’ Farmers 1 yard short of a first down at the Bearcats’ 22 with 1:44 left in the game. Quarterback Travis Garrett and his receivers did all they could to move the ball into scoring range, and they moved it to the Farmersville 35 with less than 30 seconds to play. Armed with a fresh set of downs, Garrett and the Bearcats couldn’t get it done. He threw three straight incompletions and his last two entered the end zone and came within inches of a Bearcats receiver.
The loss ended Pilot Point’s (7-4) season. Farmersville (7-4) moves on to next week’s area round, where it will face either Daingerfield or Eustace. That game is set for 1:30 p.m. today in Van.
The game’s pivotal moment came in the fourth quarter, with Pilot Point down 21-20. The Bearcats nearly tied the game with a 57-yard touchdown pass from Garrett to DaCoven Bailey with 5:51 left in the third quarter, but a failed extra point left them one behind.
Garrett and Bailey hooked up five times in the game, with Bailey gaining 136 yards and scoring twice. One of his receptions, a 47-yarder, put the Bearcats at the Farmersville 16 early in the fourth quarter, knocking on the door of a potential lead for the first time.
But on the next play, Twyford picked off Garrett for the second time in the game, giving Farmersville possession at its own 10.
Garrett started slowly but ended up with a solid game, throwing for 252 yards and three touchdowns and adding 134 yards on the ground. But his four interceptions hampered the Bearcats, and the second one to Twyford proved disastrous.
Farmersville wasted no time. On the fourth play of the drive, quarterback Cole Anderson found Twyford in the right flat. Twyford slipped past his defender and down the sideline for a 69-yard touchdown reception with 9:12 left in the game. The score gave the Fightin’ Farmers a 28-20 lead.
Twyford ended up with only two receptions but both went for scores and totaled 111 yards.
Pilot Point’s ensuing drive sputtered in three plays and an 18-yard punt gave Farmersville great field position at its own 45-yard line. Farmersville ran the ball methodically to run time off the clock, and Anderson ended up scoring from 7 yards out with 4:51 remaining for a 35-20 lead. Anderson rushed for 98 yards and a score and threw for 164 yards and two scores.
Running back Andrew Simons pitched in 102 yards rushing and two touchdowns for the Fightin’ Farmers.
The Bearcats did cut the lead to 35-27 with 3:21 left on a 40-yard touchdown pass from Garrett to Jamaal Anderson. Pilot Point attempted an onside kick, but Farmersville recovered.
Farmersville 35, Pilot Point 27
FV — Caleb Twyford 42 pass from Cole Anderson (Erik Patino kick)
FV — Andrew Simons 43 run (Erik Patino kick)
PP — DaCoven Bailey 5 run (Jesus Orta kick)
FV — Andrew Simons 33 run (Erik Patino kick)
PP — DaCoven Bailey 8 pass from Travis Garrett (Jesus Orta kick)
PP — DaCoven Bailey 57 pass from Travis Garrett (kick blocked)
FV — Caleb Twyford 69 pass from Cole Anderson (Erik Patino kick)
FV — Cole Anderson 7 run (Erik Patino kick)
PP — Jamaal Anderson 40 pass from Travis Garrett (Jesus Orta kick)
Rushing — FV: Andrew Simons 6-102, Cole Anderson 18-98, Darrin Pennington 19-83, Caleb Twyford 4-22, PP: Travis Garrett 15-134, DaCoven Bailey 8-28, Enos Balthazar 2-13, Hunter Balderus 6-12, Creed Bright 1--5.
Passing — FV: Cole Anderson 7-13-1-164, PP: Travis Garrett 13-35-4-252.
Receiving — FV: Caleb Twyford 2-111, Andrew Simons 2-19, Drake Anderson 1-19, Jaelon Clark 1-10, Darrin Pennington 1-5, PP: DaCoven Bailey 5-136, Jamaal Anderson 3-57, Matthew Greenwood 3-27, Hunter Balderus 1-22, Creed Bright 1-10.