Senior back sparks Bearcats to 34-20 win
By Richard Greene
On senior night Friday, it took a hard-nosed run by Tristan Jurecka in his final game at Massey Stadium to get the Pilot Point Bearcats offense going.
The four-year varsity back rumbled through Bowie tacklers for a 27-yard run that kicked the Bearcats into high gear on the eventual tying touchdown drive early in the second quarter.
Pilot Point went on to score on its next two possessions to build a lead it never would relinquish in a 34-20 victory over the Bowie Jackrabbits.
“The line got some good blocks down field, the receivers got a few blocks and I made a cut and got a couple of yards,” Jurecka said. “That’s how it’s been with this team all year. One person does something good and we all feed off that.”
Jurecka finished with 119 yards on 17 carries and found the end zone on a 2-yard run midway through the third quarter. But the senior finished the game on the sideline after taking a hit to his shoulder in the final minute of the third quarter. The extent of the injury was not known immediately after the game.
“Tristan had a great night, rushing for almost 120 yards in three quarters,” said Pilot Point coach Rob Best.
Jurecka wasn’t the only Pilot Point player to leave the game with an injury. Pilot Point also lost three linemen with injuries.
“It’s the worst feeling after winning a game,” Best said. “We were down to freshmen and sophomores playing on the offensive line at the end, and we also had a pretty good running back get hurt.”
Pilot Point is off next week and will head in the playoffs for the first time since 2009 with a 7-3 regular season and 5-1 mark in District 5-2A Division I.
“We’re going to the playoffs and it helps, even though this happened tonight,” Jurecka said.
Jurecka led a rushing attack for Pilot Point that finished with 204 of the Bearcats’ 404 yards.
Quarterback Travis Garrett added 61 yards rushing including a pair of 4-yard scoring runs that put Pilot Point up 14-7.
Garrett added 179 yards through the air, completing 13 of his 20 attempts. He connected with Jamaal Anderson for a pair of touchdowns. His 23-yard pass to Anderson pushed Pilot Point’s lead to 21-7 with 1:26 left in the first half.
Bowie quarterback Garland McCoy marched the Jackrabbits back down the field for a score. He hit running Carter Shackelford for a 10-yard strike to make it a one-possession game at halftime, 21-13.
McCoy threw for 311 yards, completing 22 of his 42 attempts with two interceptions and three touchdowns.
Two plays into the second half, the Pilot Point defense knocked the ball away from McCoy and recovered the fumble at the Bowie 35. It was one of three turnovers forced by the Pilot Point defense.
Two plays after the fumble recovery, Garrett hit Anderson a 25-yard touchdown to put Pilot Point up 28-13 and on its way to the win.