BOWIE — The Pilot Point Bearcats faced a frustrating first 22 minutes Friday night that included a pair of turnovers and a stop inside the Bowie 10-yard line.
A defensive play by Jonah Fritz put that maddening start behind the Bearcats and set them on their way to a 31-17 victory over the Bowie Jackrabbits.
Fritz tripped up Bowie quarterback Garland McCoy in the end zone with 1:39 left in the first half. Pilot Point then added a 1-yard run by quarterback Travis Garrett in the final seconds of the half to take a lead it would never relinquish.
Garrett, who was on crutches most of the week and was a game-time decision because of a strained calf, finished with 57 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns. He added a 2-yard run with three seconds left in the third quarter that extended Pilot Point’s lead to 24-7.
Pilot Point finished with 244 yards rushing against Bowie, with Tristan Jurecka leading the way with 86 yards.
Bowie jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead, capitalizing on a Pilot Point fumble on the opening kickoff. Bowie went 37 yards in eight plays for the score, capped by Marcus Vaughan’s 5-yard run.
Bowie had a shot to extend the lead, but Pilot Point’s Zac Harrell picked off a Garland McCoy pass inside the 10-yard line.
Bowie would not find the end zone again until the final 41 seconds on a 13-yard pass from to Vaughan from McCoy.
Pilot Point held Bowie to 185 total yards.
Pilot Point 31, Bowie 17
B — Marcus Vaughan 5 run (Tanner Tomlin kick)
P — Safety, Garland McCoy tackled in end zone
P — Travis Garrett 1 run (Garrett run)
P — Jarron Alexander 4 run (pass failed)
P — Garrett 2 run (Garrett run)
B — Tomlin 24 FG
P — Jacob Lock 33 run (Juan Carlos Juarez-Aguirre kick)
B —Vaughan 13 pass from McCoy (Tomlin kick)
Rushing — P: Travis Garrett 18-57, Tristan Jurecka 21-86, Austin Trinklein 3-36, Jacob Lock 5-55, Jarron Alexander 3-10, Hunter Balderus 1-0. B: Richard Pellizzari 4-13, Corey Brady 6-25, Marcus Vaughan 6-18, Garland McCoy 12-6, Brandon Velasquez 1-1, Tod Jackson 5-31.
Passing — P: Garrett 5-8-0 71, Balderus 0-1-0 0. B: Pellizzari 2-4-0 17, McCoy 11-20-1 75.
Receiving — P: Lock 1-21, Austin Rider 1-17, Creed Bright 1-6, Mason Richey 1-15, Jurecka 1-12. B: Ty Franklin 3-22, Vaughan 3-27, Velasquez 1-13, Brady 3-23, Jay Ward 2-16.