Garrett, Cats run by Ponder
By David Hausman
Travis Garret led the Pilot Point offense to three touchdowns as the Bearcats improved to 3-0 in district with a 20-12 win over the Ponder Lions Friday night.
“It wasn’t pretty, but it was a win,” said Pilot Point coach Rob Best. “I told the kids ‘don’t ever not enjoy a win.’ I think I would rather have a bad win than a good loss.”
After a scoreless first quarter, Garrett led the Bearcats on a 12-play, 80-yard drive. Garrett capped the drive with a 3-yard run. Jesus Orta added the extra point to give Pilot Point a 7-0 lead with only 22 seconds left in the half.
The ensuing kickoff found its way into the hands of Ponder’s dangerous return man Christian Worthington. His 47-yard return put a scare in the Bearcats, but the half ended with the Bearcats clinging to their 7-0 lead.
“We played poorly, but some of that was due to Ponder,” Best said. “They came in with a great plan and executed it well. They gave us all we wanted.”
The Lions scored in the third quarter after a 12-play drive of their own. The Lions converted on a pair of fourth downs before quarterback Brady Anderson pushed the ball into the end zone from a yard out.
The two-point try failed, leaving the Bearcats clinging to a 7-6 lead.
The Bearcats extended the lead just three plays into the fourth quarter. Garrett threw a strike to DaCoven Bailey to get the ball inside the 10-yard line. Garrett ran the ball into the end zone on the next play to make the score 13-6.
Again, the Bearcats kicked the ball to Worthington. This time he made them pay. His 90-yard return made the score 13-12. Again the two-point try failed.
Garrett finally put the game away with a 61-yard run on Pilot Point’s next possession to make the score 20-12.
The Lions had one last chance to tie the score, driving into Bearcat territory when Worthington caught a 22-yard pass from Anderson.
With the ball at the Bearcat 27, Ponder could do no more as the Bearcat defense stiffened and turned the ball over on downs with just 15 seconds left in the game.
Garrett finished as the game’s leading rusher with 132 yards on the ground. He added 97 through the air as the offense totaled 239 yards in the win.
Pilot Point is now 3-0 in district and 5-2 overall.
“We still have to take care of business,” Best said. “We are excited to be 3-0 in district but we have challenges ahead in Paradise and Whitesboro. We have to continue to get better.”