Pilot Point plays through tragedy

This week Pilot Point has been preparing for its state title game on Saturday against Kirbyville with heavy hearts.

If you haven’t heard already the father of star running back Jarman Johnson and saftey Willie Davis passed away about 10 days ago after a fight with cancer.

His name is Henry Melvin Davis, and from what I hear, was a good man and a big Pilot Point fan.

This is sad news for everyone involved and I hate hearing about bad things happening to good people.

I talked to Jarman today and I was impressed with how mature he is about the situation.
His coach, Blake Feldt, is also impressed with both Willie and Jarman.

“To me it has been phenomenal with how both Willie and Jarman have handled this,” Feldt said. “Their focus and preparation has really been amazing to watch. They are handling this tough time with a lot of strength.”

Before Mr. Davis passed away he had a wish for the Pilot Point football team:

“Before he passed he told me that we have to make it to state,” said Johnson, Pilot Point’s all-time leading rusher. “But not only make it to state, to win state. So that is what I want to do. That is what we want to do. We want to win it for him.”

Last week during Pilot Point’s first game since the death, Johnson and Davis both shined on the field. Johnson scored three touchdowns and rushed for 238 yards and Davis made key defensive plays in the semifinal win against Brady.

Pretty impressive performances for both young men with heavy hearts.

Pilot Point’s state championship game will be played at 3:30 p.m. Saturday on the campus of Texas State University in San Marcos.