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Football roundup: Pilot Point earns playoff berth with second half rally

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PILOT POINT — Pilot Point desperately needed a victory Friday night to secure a berth in the state playoffs, and a second half scoring flurry earned it that spot.

With Quincy Kemp rushing for 121 yards on 12 carries and scoring five times, Pilot Point beat  Howe 38-16 to punch its ticket to the playoffs.

Howe jumped out to a 16-8 lead early in the second quarter before Kemp scored on a 6-yard run to cut the margin to 16-14 at halftime.

In the third quarter, both defenses made fourth-down stands until Pilot Point finally hit the scoreboard again as Jaime Tavera connected on a 30-yard field goal at the 1:59 mark to make the score 17-16. 

The Bearcats then strung together another 21 unanswered points in the final quarter on three more Kemp touchdowns.

Pilot Point will be at Van Alstyne next Friday.

Liberty Christian 33, Bishop Dunne 26

DALLAS — Liberty Christian built a 20-point first quarter lead and  had to hold on to take the victory.

Liberty quarterback Garrett Moran, making his first start of the season, ran for touchdowns of 12 and 1 yard and passed 33 yards to Kade Johnson for another score as the Warriors built a 20-0 first-quarter advantage.

Bishop Dunne (4-4, 3-3) came roaring back in the second quarter when Terrance Shaw scored on a 11-yard run followed by a 11-yard touchdown pass from Simeon Evans to Jabari Khepera. Liberty's Cameron Baller kicked a 36-yard field goal to give Liberty a 23-14 lead, but Bishop Dunne's Kevin Washington kicked a 42-yard field goal as time expired at halftime to cut Liberty's margin to 23-17.

Moran left the game late in the second quarter with a separated shoulder and was replaced by Nate Hayden, who connected with Grant Sawyer on a 18-yard scoring pass in the third quarter to increase the Warriors' lead to 30-17

Dunne answered back with a 14-yard scoring pass from Evans to Marquez Beason late in third quarter.

Liberty and Bishop Dunne traded field goals in the final quarter, Baller hitting from 32 yards and Washington hitting from 27 yards.

Moran, in his limited time, hit eight of nine passes for 135 yards and one touchdown and rushed 14 times for 29 yards and two scores. Johnson was Liberty's top rusher with 57 yard on 18 carries.

Breckenridge 43, Ponder 7

PONDER — Ponder's playoffs hopes took a serious hit Friday night with a lopsided loss in District 4-3A play.

Breckenridge controlled the game from the start, using a air-tight defense that held the Lions to 124 yards of offense while the Buckaroos offense racked up 436 yards, 238 of which came on the ground.

The loss drops Ponder to 1-3 in district and 3-6 overall with the regular season finale next Friday in Bowie.

Breckenridge (4-5, 4-0) jumped out to a 7-0 first quarter lead and led 19-7 at intermission. Ponder got its lone touchdown of the night on a 5-yard touchdown toss from Mason Durrett to Carlos Zepeda. The Buckaroos, who face Brock next week for the district title, scored 24 second-half points to pull away.

Kaden McEwen led Ponder's offense with 50 yards rushing on 18 carries. Durrett had 15 yards rushing on 10 carries and completed three of five passing attempts for 18 yards and a touchdown. 

Abilene Christian 54, Calvary 6

ABILENE — For the second straight week, Calvary's offense nonexistent, and the result is another lopsided loss, this time to the Abilene Christian Panthers at Shotwell Stadium.

The Lions were shut out by Watauga Harvest Christian 46-0 last week, and Friday night, Calvary trailed 30-0 before it scored its lone touchdown of the night early in the second quarter. Abilene Christian (7-2) then scored 24 more points before halftime to force the game to be called due to the TAPPS mercy rule.

The Panthers racked up 391 yards of offense, 313 yards on the ground, while Calvary was limited to  143 yards, all on the ground, and lost three fumbles. Jacob Helzer, who scored Calvary's lone touchdown on a 2-yard run, led the Lions' offense with 85 yards on 13 carries. Lluc Oullette had 61 yards on six carries and Larsen Ransleben had 14 yards on four tries.

Calvary will wrap up the regular season Friday when it hosts Amarillo San Jacinto at 7:30 p.m. at Ryan High School.