LINDSAY — Junior quarterback Travis Garrett led the Pilot Point on a pair of 80-yard drives in Friday night’s second half as the Bearcats came from behind to down Lindsay 33-24.
Garrett rushed for 213 yards on 20 tries and scored on runs of 45 and 14 yards, the last giving his Bearcats the lead for good after they had trailed 24-14 at the half.
Lindsay took the lead over Pilot Point with some outstanding first-half running by Blake Walker.
Pilot Point improves to 2-0 while Lindsay, which won its opener over Howell with more than 200 yards from Walker, drops to 1-1.
Walker scored on an 83-yard run on the game’s first play from scrimmage. He added a 53-yard score midway through the opening quarter to gain 138 first-quarter yards and 151 by halftime. He finished with 168 yards on 17 carries as the Bearcats’ defense clamped down hard after intermission.
Pilot Point held Lindsay to two first downs, 22 total yards and no points in the second half, and the Bearcats’ offense muscled its way to two 80-yard drives in the second half and capped things with a 34-yard punt return TD by Austin Trinklein, providing insurance with 5:18 left to play.
Tristan Jurecka also scored twice for Pilot Point, blasting up the middle to gain 64 tough yards on 18 tries.
Jurecka’s 6-yard run on fourth down and a 2-point pass from Garrett to Jacob Lock gave Pilot Point a 14-12 lead at the end of the first quarter. Lindsay took advantage of a fumbled shotgun snap to go up 18-14 early in the second period on a pair of 16-yard passes and a 1-yard TD run by Williams.
A bad punt snap left the Knights only 33 yards to go for a 24-14 lead, that coming when quarterback John Haverkamp hit Austin Bird with a 4-yard TD pass with 2:24 left in the half.
Pilot Point took the second-half kickoff and marched 80 yards in eight plays to score, with Garrett’s 45-yard run the big play. That left Lindsay ahead 24-20.
After a 49-yard punt by Haverkamp rolled into the end zone, the Bearcats began from their 20 once more and used 10 plays to reach paydirt. Garrett’s 14-yard TD run came on the first play of the fourth quarter and put Pilot Point ahead 26-24.
An expected cold front blew through Schroeder Stadium early in the second quarter and knocked out the lights on the southwest light standard, leaving a quarter of the field barely visible to those in the stands. The lights on that pole never came back on.
Pilot Point 33, Lindsay 24
L — Blake Walker 83 run (kick failed), 11:43
P — Travis Garrett 45 run (kick failed), 8:50
L — Walker 53 run (kick failed), 6:59
P — Tristan Jurecka 6 run (Jacob Lock from Garrett), 2:19.
L — Walker 1 run (pass failed), 10:03.
L — Austin Bird 4 pass from John Haverkamp (pass failed), 2:24
P — Jurecka 1 run (pass failed), 7:18
P — Garrett 14 run (kick failed), 11:51.
P — Austin Trinklein 34 punt return (Juan Carlos Juarez-Aguilar kick), 5:18
Rushing — P: Travis Garrett 20-213, Creed Bright 1-9, Tristan Jurecka 18-64, Jacob Lock 3-7, TEAM 2-(-15). L: Blake Walker 17-168, John Haverkamp 6-15, Hud Harrison 6-13, Caleb Anderle 1-8, Mark Krahl 2-2.
Passing — P:Garrett 2-6-0-33. L: Haverkamp 3-13-1-32, B. Walker 1-1-0-16.
Receiving — P: Matt Greenwood 1-26, Lock 1-7.L: Austin Bird 3-32, Anderle 1-16.