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Football: Guthrie, Bearcats shut down rival Aubrey
PILOT POINT - One of Mason Guthrie's main jobs on Friday nights is to punish opposing defenses with his running game.
On Friday, the Pilot Point senior didn't hurt Aubrey with quantity, but he made an impact despite limited offensive touches in a 17-7 win over Aubrey at Massey Stadium.
Guthrie's 10-yard touchdown reception from J.P. Price with 25 seconds left in the first half gave the Bearcats a 14-7 lead going into halftime.
But he might have won the game on defense.
From his middle linebacker position, Guthrie picked off two James Wurster passes, one in the Pilot Point end zone with Aubrey driving to tie the game and another with under four minutes to play. Both interceptions came after Pilot Point penalties extended Aubrey drives.
"Those were both really huge," Guthrie said. "They had taken the momentum from us both times. It was big. The whole team needed those. That first pick [in the end zone] was really huge."
Guthrie finished with the game with 12 carries for 82 yards, but he had just three carries for 15 yards when the fourth quarter began. That's when Guthrie started grinding the clock - and Aubrey's defense.
The senior appeared to put the game on ice with a minute remaining on third-and-7 from the Pilot Point 49 when he took a run to the end zone, but it was negated by a block in the back penalty far behind the ball.
"He's such a warrior," Pilot Point head coach Blake Feldt said of his two-way star. "He's been like that this whole year, and really his whole career at Pilot Point."
Feldt praised his entire defense, which has struggled at times this season and entered the game allowing 36.4 points per game.
On Friday, the Chaparrals (3-5, 0-3 District 9-3A) managed just 257 total yards while watching their playoff chances in their first season in Class 3A severely dwindle.
"I'm just really proud of the entire defense," Feldt said. "They kept fighting and fighting. I can't tell you how proud I am of them. They got after it tonight."
The Bearcats (3-5, 1-2) still had work to do after Guthrie's long run, which officially went for 41 yards, but the penalty was almost crucial.
Pilot Point coaches figured during the week that they needed to beat Aubrey by nine points or more to break a point differential tiebreaker with Aubrey, should the Chaparrals beat Gainesville.
If that happens, Pilot Point would need to win one of its two remaining games against Argyle and Whitesboro to make the playoffs. If Gainesville beats Aubrey, Pilot Point would need to win out to get the third and final playoff spot in District 9-3A.
So after the penalty gave Pilot Point the ball at the Aubrey 20-yard line with 52 seconds left, junior kicker Ruben Martinez played the role he's played a few times in the playoffs - hero, at least temporarily.
Martinez lined up for a 36-yard field goal with 3 seconds remaining on the clock and sent a high-arching kick through the uprights as time expired to give Pilot Point the 10-point victory.
"That's all we needed to do," Feldt said after the game.
Pilot Point had a crucial conversion at the end of the first half when the Bearcats faced fourth-and-1 from the Aubrey 10-yard line with 30 seconds remaining.
Quarterback J.P. Price threw a strike to Guthrie in the middle of the end zone to give the Bearcats a 14-7 lead going into the break.
Price finished the night with 71 rushing yards, including a 22-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to get the Bearcats on the scoreboard first. He also threw for 130 yards on an efficient 14-of-22 passing with no interceptions and the one touchdown toss to Guthrie.
Pilot Point kept its playoff hopes alive with the win, picking up its first district win after winning the Class 2A Division I state championship a year ago.
Aubrey is still searching for its first win as a Class 3A program, in legendary head coach G.A. Moore's second year with the program.
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Pilot Point 17, Aubrey 7
Pilot Point 7 7 0 3 - 17
Aubrey 0 7 0 0 - 7
PP - J.P. Price 22 run (Ruben Martinez kick), 3:45
A - Collin Scribner 25 pass from James Wurster (Irving Saucedo), 9:08
PP - Mason Guthrie 10 pass from Price (Martinez kick), 0:25
PP - Ruben Martinez 36 field goal, 0:00
First downs 13 14
Rushing 37-184 29-160
Passing yards 73 130
Total yards 257 290
Passing 8-15-2 14-22-0
Fumbles-lost 1-1 0-0
Punts-avg. 3-35.7 4-44.0
Penalties-yards 6-35 7-69
Rushing: A - Albert Silva 18-89, Skyler Craig 3-7, Dexter Loza 1-2, Charlie Radford 8-65, Kristian Wiseman 2-4, James Wurster 4-16, Skyler Starling 1-1. PP - J.P. Price 15-71, Mason Guthrie 12-82, Austin Trinklein 1-(-2), Corbin Sitzes 1-9.
Passing: A - James Wurster 8-15-2-73. PP - J.P. Price 14-22-0-130.
Receiving: A - Collin Scribner 3-36, James Reeves 1-2, Skyler Craig 1-5, Kristian Wiseman 2-14, Albert Silva 1-16. PP - Austin Balderas 7-73, Mason Guthrie 1-10, Willie Davis 1-5, Jacob Lock 2-14, Ricky Campbell 1-6, Conner Camacho 2-22.