WEST POINT - Big plays were the order of the day, as the defending state champion Pierce Blue Jays earned a 57-41 comeback win over West Point-Beemer Friday night.

The Cadets scored all of their touchdowns from more than 40 yards out, while Pierce notched five 20+ yard scores of their own. It was all Blue Jays early, with 2 Abram Scholting TD passes staking Pierce to a 14-0 1st quarter lead. West Point-Beemer owned the 2nd period, as QB Riley Penrose accounted for 3 scores, one through the air and two on the ground, en route to a 28-20 Cadets halftime lead.

WPB came roaring out of the locker room to go up by two scores, as Penrose struck from 59 yards out on an option run to give the Cadets a 34-20 advantage. Two Ben Brahmer scores, a 43-yard reception and an offensive fumble recovery in the end zone, got the Blue Jays back in it. A 2nd Matt Christensen TD with one second left in the 3rd put Pierce ahead for good 42-41.

The Jays defense owned the final stanza, picking off Penrose twice in the 4th, while Scholting and Christensen added rushing scores to cement the 57-41 win. Pierce (6-1) heads to Battle Creek next Friday, and West Point-Beemer (1-6) is on the road to North Bend Central.