PARADISE — Beau Ewton woke the Pilot Point Bearcats up from an early slumber Friday night.
The senior linebacker batted a fourth-down pass from Paradise quarterback Tanner Valentine 15 yards backwards.
The Bearcats responded to the wake-up call with a dominating effort the rest of the night on both sides of the ball in a 29-6 victory over Paradise at Panther Stadium.
“We were flat. You could tell in warm-ups we weren’t as intense,” Ewton said. “We got going after that.”
Pilot Point moved to 6-2 and 3-1 in District 5-2A Division I. Paradise fell to 0-6 and 0-3 in district.
The Bearcats allowed Paradise to march into Pilot Point territory on its first drive before Ewton’s stuff ended up holding the Panthers to 162 yards and came 3 minutes and 50 seconds away from the shutout.
Paradise’s Chris Hill spoiled the shutout bid with a 10-yard dash to the end zone.
“I don’t know if we ever consistently moved the ball against them,” Paradise head coach Danny Neighbors said. “They’re really athletic.”
Pilot Point forced three turnovers, including Austin Trinklein’s interception that he returned 49 yards for the Bearcats’ final touchdown in the third quarter.
Pilot Point went three-and-out on its first drive but found the end zone on three of its final four possessions of the first half.
Pilot Point chewed up huge chunks of yards on the ground to cash in on its first three scores. For the night, the Bearcats rushed for 254 yards.
Travis Garrett completed a seven-play, 59-yard drive with a plunge into the end zone from a yard out.
Tristan Jurecka put Pilot Point up two scores with a 23-yard sprint to paydirt. Jurecka ran for 104 yards on 11 carries.
Freshman Jarron Alexander capped a 15-play, 85-yard drive with a 3-yard run to give Pilot Point a 21-0 lead. Alexander carried the ball six times for 44 yards on the drive. Alexander finished with 66 yards.
Pilot Point did commit 11 penalties for 115 yards and turned the ball over three times — two fumbles.
“We came and did what we had to do,” Pilot Point head coach Rob Best said. “We secured one of our goals — a winning season. We can check that one off after two years.”
Pilot Point 29, Paradise 6
PP — Travis Garrett 1 run (pass failed)
PP — Tristan Jurecka 23 run (Garrett run)
PP — Jarron Alexander 3 run (Juan Juarez Carlos kick)
PP — Austin Trinklein 40 interception return (Jurecka run)
P — Chris Hill 10 run (pass failed)
Rushing — PP: Travis Garrett 13-61, Tristan Jurecka 11-104, Austin Rider 2-17, Eugenio Soto 2-6, Jarron Alexander 10-66; P: Taylor Edwards 13-67, Jarrett Roper 5-15, Tanner Valentine 10-(minus 20), Chris Lowery 1-(-1), Chris Hill 3-12.
Passing — PP: Garrett 4-12-1 39, Xavier Alexander 1-2-0 36; P: Valentine 10-27-2 89.
Receiving — PP: Matt Greenwood 1-15, Creed Bright 2-28, Jacob Lock 1-(minus 4), Eugenio Soto 1-36; P: Roper 3-29, Callahan Storey 2-8, Edwards 2-18, Jarret Holt 1-11, Chris Lowery 2-23.