PILOT POINT — The Pilot Point Bearcats couldn’t stop Whitesboro’s Collins Kilcrease or from shooting themselves in the foot Friday night.
Kilcrease ran for 216 yards and scored four touchdowns, including one on a 67-yard fumble return, in Whitesboro’s 46-34 victory over Pilot Point at Massey Stadium.
Whitesboro had another defensive score when Dylan Mitchell fell on a fumble in the end zone with 3:10 left to put the Bearcats up 40-27.
Whitesboro also added a special teams score when Clayton Stringer ended the game with a 40-yard kickoff return.
Along with giving up the three non-offensive scores, Pilot Point committed 16 penalties for 140 yards.
Kilcrease erased a 21-18 Pilot Point halftime lead with a 72-yard run on the second play of the second half.
He added a 47-yard sprint to the end zone with 10 minutes left to put Whitesboro up 34-21.
Pilot Point fought back to 32-27 on Tristan Jurecka’s 5-yard run with 4:39 remaining. Jurecka finished with 198 yards on 18 carries.
After Pilot Point got a stop on the next series, Kilcrease pinned the Bearcats at the 2-yard line with a 49-yard punt. Two plays later, the ball was knocked out of Pilot Point quarterback Travis Garrett’s hands with Mitchell falling on the ball in the end zone.
Pilot Point jumped out to a quick lead, scoring on its first two possessions.
After Austin Trinklein’s 43-yard return of the opening kickoff, Garrett sprinted into the end zone three plays later from 45 yards out.
Pinned at its own 2-yard line after a Whitesboro punt, Pilot Point needed only four plays to get back in the end zone. Jurecka broke a run off tackle, going 87 yards to paydirt.
Jurecka finished the first half with 143 yards on nine carries.
A pass on two-point try from Garrett to Mason Richey made it 14-0 seven minutes into the game.
Whitesboro wasted no time erasing the deficit. It drove 72 yards in seven plays with Stringer going the final 2 yards.
Then after a defensive stop, Kilcrease struck with a 25-yard run to the end zone.
Kilcrease put his team in front 18-14, picking up a Garrett fumble as he fought for a first down and rumbling 67 yards for the score.
The Whitesboro lead didn’t last long. Four runs for 35 yards by Jurecka and Garrett scramble put Pilot Point inside the Whitesboro 10. Garrett scrambled in from 9 yards away to give Pilot Point a 21-18 halftime lead.
Whitesboro 46, Pilot Point 34
P — Travis Garrett 45 run (pass failed)
P — Tristan Jurecka 87 run (Mason Richey pass from Garrett)
W — Clayton Stringer 2 run (kick failed0
W — Collin Kilcrease 25 run (run failed)
W — Collin Kilcrease 67 fumble return (run failed)
P — Garrett 9 run (Juan Carlos Juarez-Aguirre kick)
W — Collin Kilcrease 72 run (Atticus Kilcrease kick)
W — Collin Kilcrease 47 run, Atticus Kilcrease kick
P — Tristan Jurecka 5 run, run failed
W — Dylan Mitchell fumble recovery in end zone (Payson West pass from Devin Schares)
P — Creed Bright 7 pass from Garrett (Aguirre kick)
Whitesboro – Stringer 40 kickoff return (kick failed)
Rushing — W: Collin Kilcrease 19-216, Clayton Stringer 3-3, Devin Schares 5-38, Austin Estes 6-46, Dylan Mitchell 1-12, Cody Grube 3-10. P: Travis Garrett 15-93, Tristan Jurecka 18-198, Austin Trinklein 1-(minus 7), Jacob Lock 2-(minus 5).
Passing — W: Schares 2-6-1 25. P: Garrett 13-22-0 142.
Receiving — W: Stringer 2-25. P: Creed Bright 4-47, Lock 4-39, Jurecka 2-27, Mason Richey 2-13, Matt Greenwood 1-6.