By Joyce Godwin

By Joyce Godwin

Herald Democrat

WHITESBORO — Whitesboro spread the ball around and the balanced attack put the home team in position to claim the district title after a 37-10 victory against Pilot Point in a battle of 5-2A (I) unbeatens on Friday night.

The victory, highlighted by Jake Dyer’s 96-yard touchdown run, clinched a playoff spot for Whitesboro (7-1, 4-0) — the third straight for the program.

Pilot Point (6-3, 4-1) had already earned its postseason berth but was in position for the 5-2A title had it come out with a victory.

"It was a hard fought game and they could have clinched the district title tonight," said Whitesboro head coach Eddie Gill, who became the school’s all-time winningest coach with his 39th win on Friday. "Emotions were high."

The score remained tied at three after the first quarter as both teams settled for field goals. Atticus Kilcrease booted in a 23-yard goal for Whitesboro halfway through the first quarter and Pilot Point’s Jesus Orta kicked a 27-yard goal 58 seconds left in the quarter.

Whitesboro scored 19 points in the second quarter and 15 in the fourth thanks to a balanced attack.

After taking the lead on a Brice Chaney 59-yard touchdown run, Whitesboro came back with a 96-yard touchdown from Dyer. Then an interception by Clayton Stringer set up Whitesboro just five yards short of midfield. Three more snaps and Collin Kilcrease cut loose for a 43-yard touchdown with two minutes left in the half giving Whitesboro a 16-point advantage.

Whitesboro, which had allowed just one touchdown in its previous four games, kept Pilot Point off balance enough that they had trouble getting the big plays when they were needed the most.

"We were down there (at the end zone) a few times but couldn’t get it done," Pilot Point head coach Rob Best said. "It was a tough night overall."

The third quarter remained scoreless as the teams traded turnovers. First Whitesboro lost possession through its only fumble; then Pilot Point threw an interception just 23 yards from the end zone.

Kyle Lynn gained 48 yards for a Whitesboro touchdown on a quarterback sneak up the middle for a 30-3 lead.

Pilot Point got the ball for two snaps before Wiley Walsh picked off a pass and returned it to the Pilot Point 22-yard line, setting up his team for its final score n Cody Ford’s 10-yard run.

Travis Garrett connected with DaCoven Bailey for a three-yard pass with four seconds remaining to get Pilot Point’s touchdown.