AUBREY - Aubrey head coach G.A. Moore said he couldn't remember the last time the Chaparrals had beaten Pilot Point.
Moore can be forgiven if he would like to forget that game, but he was on the losing side in 1977.
Aubrey (3-5, 1-2 in 9-3A) needed a win to stay afloat in the District 9-3A playoff race, and the Chaps' 35-7 decision over Pilot Point (2-5, 1-2) did just that. Moore acknowledged after the game the Chaps still need to win their next two games to make the playoffs, starting with Whitesboro next Friday.
"They're [Whitesboro] a tough team," Moore said. "They'll give us everything we can handle."
But folks in Aubrey cared a little more about Friday night's result, the end of 33 straight losses to the Bearcats, who were once coached by Moore.
Moore returned to lead his alma mater, Pilot Point, for the second time in 1977. According to records compiled by former Pilot Point Post-Signal sports editor Richard Greene, Aubrey won that contest, 20-15.
From then on the Bearcats dominated, as Moore led them to state titles in 1980 and 1981. Aubrey athletic director Daryl Hellman said after the game that Pilot Point had to forfeit its 1986 win, but Friday's win was the first on the field for the Chaps since Jimmy Carter was president.
Moore wanted to talk more about his defense, which allowed just 201 total yards and turned the game on its head early when Anthony Alford returned Pilot Point quarterback Aaron Buckingham's pass 54 yards for a touchdown to give the Chaps a 7-0 lead four minutes into the game.
"We needed our defense to step up and make a big play early and they did," Moore said. "I think that play really set the tone for the first half."
The Bearcats never recovered. They used three different quarterbacks during the contest and moved the ball sporadically. Travis Garrett received the most work, going 7-of-13 for 64 yards and a touchdown, a 35-yarder to Austin Trinklein.
But that score came with Aubrey already up 35-0. The Chaps spread the ball out among nine different ball carries, racking up 257 rushing yards. Albert Silva, Robert Delatorre and Kyle Lynn all scored rushing touchdowns. Lynn, who started at quarterback for Skyler Starling, ran the offense effectively. Lynn went 4-of-7 passing for 96 yards and a score, and Aubrey only turned the ball over one time.
Aubrey 35, Pilot Point 7
Pilot Point 0 0 0 7 - 7
Aubrey 14 7 14 0 - 35
AUB - Anthony Alford 54 interception return (Josh Giles kick)
AUB - Albert Silva 4 run (Josh Giles kick)
AUB - Kyle Lynn 1 run (Josh Giles kick)
AUB - Robert DeLaTorre 8 run (Josh Giles kick)
AUB - Matt Davis 53 pass from Kyle Lynn (Josh Giles kick)
PP - Austin Trinklein 35 pass from Travis Garrett (Ruben Martinez kick)
First Downs 12 16
Rushing Yards 25-49 45-257
Passing Yards 152 96
Passing 13-28-1 4-7-0
Punts-Avg 5-37.40 2-38.00
Penalties 6-41 11-70
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-1
Rushing - AUB: Albert Silva 7-77, Charlie Radford 3-64, Anthony Alford 9-46, Mitchell Erp 5-27, Matt Anson 4-24, Robert DeLaTorre 1-8, Dexter Loza 3-6, Kyle Lynn 12-4, Daniel Longhenry 1-1, PP: Tristen Jurecka 14-29, Travis Garrett 7-18, Austin Trinklein 1-6, Justin Gray 1--1, Aaron Buckingham 2--3.
Passing - AUB: Kyle Lynn 4-7-0-96, PP: Cody Stom 5-10-0-82, Travis Garrett 7-13-0-64, Aaron Buckingham 1-5-1-6.
Receiving - AUB: Matt Davis 2-86, Tanner Buxton 1-7, Michael Kister 1-3, PP: Ricky Campbell 6-65, Ryan Hagenbucher 1-41, Austin Trinklein 1-35, Jacob Lock 1-6, Josh Wardle 1-6, Alfred Harris 2-0, Tristen Jurecka 1-1.
W L W L
Sanger 3 0 8 0
Argyle 3 0 7 1
Whitesboro 1 2 5 3
Pilot Point 1 2 2 5
Aubrey 1 2 3 5
Gainesville 0 3 2 7
THIS WEEK'S RESULTS
Aubrey 35, Pilot Point 7
Sanger 56, Whitesboro 36
Argyle 59, Gainesville 7
NEXT WEEK'S GAMES
Whitesboro at Aubrey
Gainesville at Sanger
Argyle at Pilot Point