PILOT POINT — New Pilot Point coach Danny David embraced his mother and friends, who all congratulated him on his first win.
David was a member of the Bearcats' 1980 and '81 state championship teams and lost only two games in the three seasons he played. What he brings to Pilot Point is success, not only as a player but as a coach now.
On the field he grew up playing on, his team handily defeated the Krum Bobcats 35-14 at Massey Stadium on Friday night.
"I want our guys to experience what I experienced as a player here," David said. "Tonight was special, but it wasn't about me. Those guys gave me their best effort out there, and I can't fuss about anything."
Pilot Point outgained Krum 350-136, and all but 100 of the host's yards were gained on the ground. The Bearcats used a heavy rushing attack with their backfield trio of quarterback Jacob Pitts and running backs Ty Hellman and Reagan Gochis, who combined for 250 yards on 47 attempts.
Both teams got off to rocky starts, but the Bearcats eventually shook of the rust and posted 14 points -- including a 77-yard kickoff return from Gochis -- in the second quarter to lead 14-7.
"Without [Pilot Point's] kickoff return and a play here and there in the first half, it could've easily been a tie at halftime," brand-new Krum coach Allen Oh said.
David implemented a mantra for the Bearcats called "INAM," meaning "It's not about me."
For both the Bobcats and Bearcats, the game was not about them.
Oh stepped in for the only coach Krum has ever had, Gary Robinson. Robinson resigned Wednesday due to some family "health-related issues."
"The situation I was thrown into was unfortunate, but I've been preparing for a while," Oh said. "When they asked me to step in, I did what I thought was right. If I had this job three months ago, I'd be doing the exact same things."
Oh did what he could, but this year's Bobcats are young and inexperienced, and the experience they do have was on the mend watching from the sideline. Would-be starting quarterback Caleb Schertz broke his collarbone in last Saturday's scrimmage, and the most experienced offensive lineman, Josh Baker, broke his foot in practice.
Last year's JV quarterback Chase Tower stepped in for Schertz and played well for the lack of time he had to throw the ball. He completed 11 of 20 passes for 150 yards and a touchdown. He was sacked eight times.
"I asked our team after the game to raise their hand if this was their first varsity game, and more than half of them raised their hands," Oh said. "It's tough to go up against a defense like Pilot Point's in your very first varsity football game, but I am proud of the fight each and every one of them gave us tonight.
"When you think of Krum football, you think of coach Robinson," Oh said. "He built this thing from the ground up. He's the face of and his fingerprints are all over this program."
JIMMY ISBELL can be reached at 817-781-0379 and via Twitter at @Jimmy_Isbell12.
Pilot Point 35, Krum 14
PP -- Ty Hellman 2 run (Roy Brown run)
KM -- Larenzo Tystad 14 pass from Chase Tower (Jesus Campuzano kick)
PP -- Reagan Gochis 77 kickoff return (run failed)
PP -- 0 timeout
PP -- Jacob Pitts 52 run (Jacob Pitts run)
PP -- Reagan Gochis 5 run (run failed)
PP -- Ty Hellman 26 run (Jamie Tavera kick)
KM -- Donald Brown 15 run (Jesus Campuzano kick)
Rushing -- KM: Donald Brown 13-26, Larenzo Tystad 3-9, Bryson Lightfoot 3-3, Chase Tower 7--52, PP: Jacob Pitts 20-137, Ty Hellman 14-80, Roy Brown 5-19, Reagan Gochis 6-7, Austin McManus 1-4, Javon Bruce 1-3.
Passing -- KM: Chase Tower 11-20-1-150, PP: Jacob Pitts 4-6-0-100.
Receiving -- KM: Larenzo Tystad 4-45, Zack Kirk 3-44, Hunter Addison 1-27, Donald Brown 1-24, Bryson Lightfoot 2-10, PP: Ty Hellman 3-88, Roy Brown 1-12.