Aledo Sports Daily
Saturday, November 22, 2014
2014 REGIONAL PLAYOFF GAME
Friday, November 28, 2014
Varsity @ 4:00 PM
Del Valle Conquistadores (11-1)
vs. Aledo Bearcats (11-1)
801 North Loop 250
Midland, TX 79703
Friday, November 21, 2014
Isaiah Mallory, Offensive Line and Bearcat Defense Fuel 49-17 Area Win Against Denton High
By Steve Keck- Aledo Sports Daily
Northwest ISD Stadium, TX—The 2014 Aledo Bearcats did something Friday night that had never been done by an Aledo football team. The Bearcats got their first ever Division I Area Championship. The Bearcats took a 28-3 lead into halftime and overcame a bad third quarter to beat the Denton High Broncos 49-17.
It was Isaiah Mallory who was the offensive hero for the Bearcats scoring five touchdowns. Mallory ended up with 216 rushing yards and four touchdowns on the ground. He also closed out the scoring with a 30 yard screen pass for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Austin Summerhill may have made the play of the game corralling the third onside kick by the Broncos to start the second half. Denton High came out of the locker room with some tricks up their sleeves. They executed a perfect onside kick to start the second half.
The Broncos marched down a short field for a touchdown cutting Aledo’s lead to 28-10. After the first touchdown, they had another successful onside kick and scored another touchdown. The second touchdown cut Aledo’s lead to 28-17.
On the third onside kick attempt, Coach Wood had his “hands team” in and Summerhill made the catch at the Aledo 40. After the play by Summerhill, it was all Aledo as they outscored the Broncos 21-0 in the remainder of the game.
The Aledo defense was outstanding all game. The high powered Denton High team averaged over 500 yards of total offense per game. They could only manage 80 first half yards against the tough Bearcat defense. For the game, the Broncos gained 257 yards.
The Bearcat defense also did a great job of containing the Broncos star running back Xavier Scott. It took Scott 26 carries to get 98 yards and did not score a touchdown.
Meanwhile, it was the Aledo Bearcat offensive line that blew the Broncos off the line allowing Aledo to gain 371 yards on the ground. Ryan Newsome joined Mallory over 100 yards with 121 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
The Bearcats have to await the winner of the Saturday game between El Paso Del Valle and Amarillo Palo Duro. The game kicks off at 4:00 PM. Tentative possible playoff locations are Midland if Del Valle wins and Wichita Falls if Palo Duro wins.
The Broncos got a great return of 38 yards into Bearcat territory at the Aledo 45. First play is a handoff to their stud running back Xavier Scott. He gained one. Second and nine. The pass was incomplete and would have been a touchdown. It was dropped. Third and nine. They pick up five yards on third down. They will probably go for it at the Aledo 39. The pass was complete for six and a first down. It looked like it may be broken up by Larry Brown. From the 33, Scott gained four yards but there is a flag on the play. The ball goes back to the 43. First and 20. Scott gets 11 yards on a carry right up the middle. Second and nine. Aledo makes a good play on the run. Third and seven. Scott picks up a first down to the 23 yard line. A time consuming drive for Denton high. Already under 7:30 to play. Scott picks up one. Second and nine. A pass play gets four down to the 19.
An incomplete pass brings up a fourth and four. They will try a 34 yard field goal. The kick was good. Barely made it. 6:34 to play in the first quarter.
Aledo 0…. Denton High 3
The Broncos kicked short to avoid Toby Gray and Ryan Newsome. Aledo gets great field position at the Aledo 40. Ryan Newsome takes a jet sweep for a gain of two. Isaiah Mallory picks up a big gain of 17 on second down. Ball is down to the Bronco 41. On first down, Mallory gets his second carry and a gain of four. Mallory picks up 10 down to the Bronco 27. Handoff to Mallory. He picks up five. Already 46 yards for Mallory. Second down. Ryan Newsome picked up some great blocking on a carry all the way down to the Bronco four yard line. Mallory picks up three down to the one yard line. The eighth play of the drive. All runs. Mallory leaps in the end zone. Touchdown Isaiah Mallory. Ben Rogers added the extra point. 2:47 left in the first quarter.
Aledo 7…. Denton High 3
The Broncos ran a reverse but Aledo was there to cover the play at the 26 yard line. Scott has a tough run of nine yards to the Bronco 25. This running back is a load folks. Second and one. Scott picks up two for a first down. Under two minutes to play in the first quarter. From the 38, another run gains 10 yards to the 48. They tried a trick play and Johnathan Durham made a tremendous one hand interception at the Aledo 25.
The first down pass was just overthrown to Toby Gray. On second down, a holding penalty cost Aledo 10 yards. Austin Summerhill catches 20 yard pass from Luke Bishop at the 35. A first down catch by Newsome puts the ball on the Aledo 49.
END FIRST QUARTER…. ALEDO 7…. DENTON HIGH 3
Ryan Newsome gained eight on first down into Bronco territory at the 42. Mallory picked up a first down. A toss to Newsome was a disaster. He lost seven back to the 42. Second and 17. The pass was incomplete. Third and 17. Bishop picks up 16 on third down but is just short. Aledo will go for it. Bishop is under center and gets a first down to the 20. Oh no! Bishop’s pass in the end zone is picked off in the end zone.
From the 20, Denton picks up three on a run by Scott. The second down pass is broken up by Michael McCay. Third and seven. A sack by Aledo of nine brings up fourth and 16 from the 14 yard line. They get a good punt to the Aledo 40.
Mallory has a big pickup of 25 yards into Bronco territory. Mallory gains 13 on first down to the 22 yard line. The wind is making passing difficult. Aledo’s offensive line is blowing the Broncos off the ball. Mallory picks up three to the 19. Ryan Newsome shows great patience and scores from the 19 in the Wildcat formation. Touchdown by Ryan Newsome. Rogers added the extra point. 5:56 left in the second quarter.
Aledo 14…. Denton High 3
Denton High gets a modest return to the 30 yard line. Xavier Scott loses one on first down. The pass was dropped on second down. Third and 11. Scott picked up five but Denton fell victim to The “Newsome Factor”. Aledo starts at the 48 of Denton High.
Oh my! A huge run by Mallory picked up 13 putting him over 100 yards. Newsome carried all the way down to the four. Newsome took another snap from the Wildcat and picked up one. The Bearcats get another touchdown from Ryan Newsome on a gain of three. 2:57 left in second quarter. Ben Rogers hits the extra point. Touchdown Ryan Newsome.
Aledo 21…. Denton High 3
The Broncos get the ball to their own 28. Scott gets a gain of five to the 33. 2:38 left in the second quarter. A pass play gets to the 36. Third and one. Scott gets the handoff and is met in the hole by Big Game James Williams. They call time out on a fourth and two. Just over a minute to play in the half. The Bearcats are expecting a fake. The Bearcats have three time outs left. The punt is fielded by Ryan Newsome. He returns the ball 35 yards!
Isiah Mallory scores on the first play from the 40 yard line! Mallory goes over 150 yards on the game. Touchdown Mallory. Kick is good with 0:38 left in the first half. Touchdown Isaiah Mallory. Ben Rogers kick is good.
Aledo 28…. Denton High 3
The Broncos get a first down but can’t get away another play.
HALFTIME… ALEDO 28…. DENTON HIGH 3
Denton High executed a perfect onside kick. They recovered at the Aledo 41. Scott picked up three on first down. Scott picks up six to bring up a third and one. Scott picks up the first down despite a big stop by Garrett Uhl. First down Denton high at the Bearcat 31. Another run by Scott is met by James Big Game Williams. The quarterback Rodriguez gained 11 for a first down at the 20. A pass is complete for a gain of five. Handoff goes to Scott. No gain. Third and five. The Broncos score their first touchdown from 16 yards out on a pass play. The extra point is good. 8:03 left in the third.
Aledo 28…. Denton High 10
Another onside kick. A dribbler. Again recovered by Denton High at the Aledo 38. This is crazy. Scott loses one on first down back to the 39. Second and 11. Empty backfield. A throw goes for six yards. Third and five from the Aledo 43. Another empty backfield. They get 14 yards and a first down to the Aledo 29. Scott gained three and Scott got dinged up and is leaving the game. Denton has to call a timeout with 5:32 left.
A 16 yard catch gives Denton High a first down inside the five on a wheel route. Scott is back in the game. Touchdown Rodriguez. Extra point is good. 4:48 left in the third quarter.
Aledo 28…. Denton High 17
Whew! Austin Summerhill makes the catch on the short kickoff. Mallory picks up nine. Ryan Newsome takes the ball 31 yards to the Denton High 20. Newsome just went over 100 yards rushing. Bishop carries for five to the 14 yard line. Second and five. Mallory bounces the ball wide and scores his third touchdown from the 14. Touchdown Isaiah Mallory. Rogers extra point is good. 3:32 left in Third Quarter.
Aledo 35…. Denton High 17
Denton High starts at their own 33 yard line after a short kick and a short return. A pass play was almost picked off by Sam Holzschuh. Incomplete. Second and ten from the 33. Scott has a gain of four on first down. Third down. A pass play. Caught for a first down on a pickup of 11. Scott made the catch. 2:17 left in the third. Patrick Peek made a big hit to break up the first down pass. Second down and 10 from the 48. Scott caught the ball but fumbled after the catch. First down Aledo!
Newsome ran for five yards on first down into Bronco territory. Mallory gets two on a carry. Third and three. From the Bronco 48, Mallory gets close. He has the first down at the Bronco 40. The third quarter clock runs out.
End third quarter…. Aledo 35…. Denton High 17
Newsome picks up seven on first down to the Bronco 33. An unsportsmanlike penalty is called against Denton High. Things are getting chippy. Aledo starts from the 18 yard line. Mallory scores from 18 yards out. The kick by Ben Rogers is good. 11:24 to play in Fourth Quarter. Touchdown Isaiah Mallory.
Aledo 42…. Denton High 17
Reed Vierling gets a touchback and the Broncos will start at the 25. A huge catch over double coverage for 40 yards all the way down to the Aledo 35. Aledo gets a ten yard sack back to the Aledo 45 yard line. Jack McAdams may get credit for the sack. The second and 20 pass is incomplete. Third and 20. They pick up 17 to the Bearcat 28. Fourth and three. The fourth down pass was incomplete. Aledo takes over at the 28 yard line.
Bishop picks up five and Mallory gets the other five for an Aledo first down at the 38 yard line. The first down pass was intended for Newsome. Pass interference was called against Denton High. The ball is at the Bronco 47. Mallory gets 12 and a first down. A stoppage in play for an injured Bronco. 7:58 left to play in the game. First and 10 from the 36 of Denton. Logan Bridges was stopped for a loss of one. Second and 11 from the 37. Bridges picks up three. Third and eight. Wildcat formation. Newsome picks up four. Fourth and four. Aledo is working on the clock. They will go for it. A screen pass to Isaiah Mallory for 30 yards scores Mallory’s fifth touchdown of the game. First passing touchdown. 5:46 left in the game.
Aledo 49…. Denton High 17
The kickoff was fielded and Aledo made the stop at the Bronco 14 yard line. Scott picked up 10 and a first down. From the 24, Scott picked up another first down for the Broncos. He limps off again. Scott was back and only gained one yard. Scott gets another handoff on third and nine. Fourth down and nine. Presumably they will punt. Time out with 2:21 left in the game.
enton High gets a good punt with nobody back to receive. Aledo goes with Dillon Davis at quarterback. Donnie Evans picks up six on first down. Evans picks up nine for a first down to the Aledo 35. 1:20 remains. Evans gets three yards on first down. Clock is winding down. Logan Bridges picks up one on the final play.
FINAL: ALEDO 49…. DENTON HIGH 17
Friday, November 21, 2014
2014 PLAYOFF GAME DAY # 2
ALEDO IS THE HOME TEAM
AREA PLAYOFF MATCH-UP 2014
Friday, November 21, 2014
Varsity @ 730 PM
Denton High Broncos (8-3)
vs. Aledo Bearcats (10-1)
Pre-Sale Tickets: $6 Students/ $8 Adults
All Tickets at the Gate: $10
Accepted Passes: THSCA, Senior Citizen, District 5-5A & District 8-5A
Parking is $5
Friday, November 21, 2014
Week # 2 of 2014 Playoffs Brings Some Interesting Matchups
Analysis By Steve Keck- Aledo Sports Daily
We are at that time of year when highly ranked teams are already getting eliminated. A lot of team’s playoff fortunes are dictated by the brackets and where they fall due to the strength of the district they play. For example, # 7 Longview defeated # 9 Lufkin already in the bi-district round last week. Tough luck to Lufkin. They lost to Longview 43-42. Chances are Lufkin would have advanced in almost any other matchup in the state.
Closer to home, District 5-5A swept the four games from District 6-5A. Denton High eliminated Division I top seed Birdville from District 6-5A last week and Wichita Falls High eliminated the top Division II seed Lake Dallas 17-14. All District 6-5A teams are eliminated and all District 5-5A teams are still going in the playoffs. Azle beat Ft. Worth Dunbar 73-24 and Wichita Falls Rider beat Grapevine 35-21.
Aledo’s District 8-5A lost only one team against District 7-5A. Burleson Centennial played without their star running back Ricky Van Weezle and lost big to Arlington Heights 70-28. The rest of District 8-5A teams will now enter Area round competition from District 5-5A.
Aledo is the only District 8-5A team projected to advance against the District 5-5A teams. The Bearcats are a 30 point favorite over Denton High. Burleson is a 10 point underdog to District 5-5A champion Azle. Wichita Falls is favored by 9 over Everman over in Division II. In the final game of teams in our area, Arlington Heights is favored by 18 over Wichita Falls Rider.
The Heights vs. Rider game is very interesting. The Raiders have been up and down this year but they have extensive playoff experience in recent years. Arlington Heights has not advanced past the Area round since 1949. That even pre-dates Pops by a few years.
Arlington Heights is the only undefeated team left in Class 5A in both Region I and Region II. This includes both Division I and Division II. If they were not beating teams by so many points, it would be easy to predict a downfall for the Yellow Jackets. Still, they really haven’t had a tough test this year like Rider presents. Their 66-48 win over South Hills seems a little suspect since Burleson beat South Hills 37-21 last week. If Heights holds the 18 point line, look out! Aledo would play Arlington Heights in two weeks if both teams progress.
The Aledo vs. Denton High game will play the winner of Amarillo Palo Duro (7-4) vs. El Paso Del Valle (10-1) game. Del Valle is a slight favorite over Palo Duro. The two districts (District 1-5A and District 2-5A) are two of the weakest districts in Class 5A. They get teams to advance because they are playing teams from District 3 and 4. These teams are from the Amarillo and Lubbock area. With Wolfforth Frenship going to 6A, these areas have fallen dramatically in the past few years.
I’ve only done cursory research on the teams out west. It is really hard to get information on the teams and I’ll bang my head against the wall when the time comes.
Ranked Teams in Region I Getting Stronger
Throughout the year, Region I has only had Aledo and maybe one other team in the top 25. This week, Bruce Frantz had only three rating services to use for his composite rankings. In the latest composite of the Top 25, Region I has five teams. Aledo is still # 1, Azle is # 12, Arlington Heights # 13, Wichita Falls # 23, and Canyon Randall # 24.
There are two area games involving ranked teams both in Region II. # 2 Tyler John Tyler (projected to play Aledo in Class 5A Division I title game) plays # 25 Mansfield Summitt. The other big game in the area is in Division II. # 6 Mansfield Timberview is a slight favorite over # 8 Ennis.
Three additional games will be played this weekend between ranked teams. That’s five games between ranked teams and we are only in round 2. Three top 25 teams are still on the list even though they lost games last week. Open the link to the Top 25 to see the ranked teams no longer playing.
Aledo Projects to Be Division I State Champions
Bruce Frantz has given up two different looks at the Class 5A brackets. The traditional look also has scores from the previous games. The new look gives a little more insight on how Bruce sets up his projections based on the rating services.
We use the consensus rankings because some of the rating services get a little whacky. Cal Preps, who sets most of the lines, has Aledo as the # 8 Class 5A team. Come on!
Using the consensus rankings by Bruce has proven to be the most reliable picks through the years.
Let’s go Bearcats!
CLASS 5A DIVISION I
Aledo Sports Daily picks Randall by 2
Aledo Sports Daily picks Heights by 18
Aledo Sports Daily picks Del Valle by 6
Aledo Sports Daily picks Aledo by 30
Aledo Sports Daily picks West Mesquite by 18
Aledo Sports Daily picks Longview by 12
Aledo Sports Daily picks Rockwall- Heath by 8
Aledo Sports Daily picks Tyler by 15
CLASS 5A DIVISION II
Aledo Sports Daily picks Canutillo by 34
Aledo Sports Daily picks Axle by 10
Aledo Sports Daily picks Cooper by 2
Aledo Sports Daily picks Wichita Falls by 9
Aledo Sports Daily picks Heritage by 3
Aledo Sports Daily picks South Oak Cliff by 18
Aledo Sports Daily picks Poteet by 7
Aledo Sports Daily picks Timberview by 3
Aledo’s Defense will be up to the Challenge of Denton High’s High Powered Offense
Commentary and Analysis by Steve Keck- Aledo Sports Daily
The Denton High Broncos are a hard team to figure out. They came out of the gate with six straight wins. One of those games was against a common opponent in Granbury. Denton High won 48-28 against the Pirates while Aledo beat Granbury 59-0 in week nine.
It is not a fair comparison since Granbury was a few key players down when they played the Bearcats.
In week three, Denton High completed a sweep of pre-district opponents with a 42-23 win over Carrolton Creek View. This was a quality win for the Broncos. Creek View was a playoff team this year before losing 34-20 to a very good team from West Mesquite.
The key game for Denton High came in week two of district when the Broncos scored the last touchdown in a 47-43 shootout with Saginaw Boswell. The two teams combined for 1,049 total yards with the Pioneers getting the better of the Broncos with 570 total yards.
Both teams ended the season 7-3 but Denton High got the playoff spot due to the head-to-head win over Boswell.
The first loss for Denton was another shoot out in District 5-5A. In the seventh game of the season, Wichita Falls Rider beat Denton High 43-41. The teams combined for a whopping 1,403 yards of total offense with Rider gaining 704 yards and Denton High 699.
Denton High suffered their worst loss of the year up to that point in a 55-34 loss to District 5-5A Champion Azle.
The loss carried over the next week in a 25-19 win over 2-8 Saginaw. The Broncos lost their star running back Xavier Scott in the game. He was held 37 yards on seven carries before the injury. Scott had 227yards and scored four touchdowns in the loss to Azle.
The last district game was against the Wichita Falls Coyotes and was played without Scott. The Coyotes won the game 49-14.
Last week in bi-district, Scott was back and rushed for 221 yards and two touchdowns in a 40-33 win against Birdville.
The dam broke on the Broncos in the fourth quarter. Denton High was ahead 40-14 heading into the fourth quarter and gave up 19 points to the Hawks and almost allowed them to steal the game.
The Bearcats know what it is like facing a star running back. Back in Game # 6 against Everman, the Bearcats faced Kierre Crossley from Everman. He had 217 rushing yards and scored a touchdown in Aledo’s 38-17 win. Crossley is still playing in the 2014 playoffs and has 2,405 yards and 30 touchdowns.
The Bearcats have not faced a star running back in a balanced offense like Denton High. Their quarterback Christian Rodriguez has passes for 2,505 yards and 23 touchdowns to go along with Xavier Scott who has 1,913 yards and 25 touchdowns this season.
For the year, the Broncos have outgained the Bearcats by 198 yards. Keep in mind, Aledo shut down their offense in a lot of games this season in the second half. Denton High played in competitive games almost all season.
While the two teams are fairly even on offense, the Bearcat defense has a huge advantage over the Denton High defense.
If there is one thing I’ve learned covering high school football playoffs, it has to do with defense being the key in the playoffs. No single game has shown this to be truer than Aledo’s 29-6 win against Ennis last year.
The teams jogged into halftime tied 0-0. Aledo’s defense kept clamping down and the defense of Ennis got tired and gave up 29 second half points.
Going into that game, I remember being concerned about the Lion’s rushing attack. They were averaging 455 rushing yards per game. The Aledo defense held Ennis to 148 total yards in the game.
I know, this is not the 2013 Bearcat defense. I can make a case for this defense standing up pretty close to the lofty standards of 2013 and they just keep getting better.
Did you know???? In the last four games Aledo has only given up only 35 points? 14 of those points came in the fourth quarter against Cleburne with Aledo’s second team defense.
For the same four game stretch, the 2013 Aledo defense gave up 36 points. This includes the last three district games and the first playoff game. The 2013 Aledo defense gave up 788 yards in the same game period as the 2014 defense which gave up 713.
Now, when you translate the defenses of Denton High vs. Aledo, you will see where this game will be won by the Bearcats. In the last four games, the Bronco defense has given up 1,019 more total yards and 121 more points.
The Aledo defense spent so much time in the Trimble Tech backfield, they should have been charged rent. The Bearcats made 14 plays behind the line of scrimmage with a sack or tackle for loss of -58 yards.
It was a perfect game for Coach Wood to give defensive reserves some time on the field seeing some playoff action. The Bearcat reserves came through in a big way against the Bulldogs.
Junior reserve Wyatt Young led the Bearcats with 11 tackles. Young is one of the top Bearcat reserves with 41 tackles on the year.
Michael McCay already had some extended playing time since Isaiah Mallory has gone to the offense. McCay had a great game against Trimble Tech with seven tackles and an interception return for a touchdown of 80 yards.
Byron Keil had two tackles for losses of five yards. He also had an interception returned for a 28 yards Bearcat touchdown.
It was good to see Nick Cheema back on the field having missed the entire season with an injury. Cheema had a sack for a loss of nine yards against the Bulldogs.
Aledo had a tradition under Coach Buchannan of bringing up sub-varsity players for an expanded varsity roster. Coach Wood did the same thing against Trimble Tech with several players seeing their first varsity action.
Bearcat fans better get used to hearing some of these names because they are the stars of the future. Freshman Aaron Hale had two tackles, one for a loss. Freshman Donnie Evans is an explosive running back but contributed two tackles on defense. Evans also had one carry for 10 yards against Trimble Tech.
Junior varsity sophomores Rhett Harris, John Collins, and Carson McCone also saw their first varsity action and each had a tackle.
There are some additional factors which are intangibles for the game. I have written about what I call “The Newsome Factor” on punts. It almost gets comical at times to see how much yardage Aledo’s opponents will give up trying to do a directional kick away from Ryan Newsome.
Last week, Trimble Tech called a time out before a punt in the first quarter. I’m pretty sure the coach told the punter, “You see # 17 in that white jersey? DO NOT kick the ball to him.” I can’t think of any other reason they would have called a time out.
Newsome fielded the punt and returned the ball 48 yards for a Bearcat touchdown.
The Bulldogs ended up punting 10 times for a total of 292 yards. That’s TOTAL, not net. The average of 29 yards on the punts gave Aledo a short field on offense the entire game.
Another intangible the Bearcats have taken control of is the turnover margin. Although the Bearcats had their first two turnovers in five games, the defense came up with four interceptions and three of these were returned for touchdowns. In the last five games, Aledo is a plus 12 in turnover margin. For the season, Aledo has 19 takeaways and only seven turnovers. Denton High has 14 turnovers on the season.
While Aledo’s defense is giving up only 8.75 points per game in the last four games, the Bearcats have scored 264 points for an average of 66 per game in the last four games.
On offense, the Bearcats offensive line is playing better than they have all season and are really starting to come together. Below you will see some offensive statistics and how many touchdowns players are averaging per offensive touch.
These numbers would not be possible without great blocking at the line of scrimmage and by receivers like Garrett Hyles, Logan Peterson, and Austin Summerhill (among others) downfield turning good gains into touchdowns.
The other big intangible in this game is playoff experience. The last time the Bulldogs went this far in the playoffs, most of these players were still in their cribs. Not the new kind of cribs but the ones you put babies in.
It was 1998 or 16 years ago when the Broncos beat Brewer in bi-district and lost to Stephenville 48-28 in the area round.
This program has struggled but are on their way up after going 13-45 in the last six years. None of the Bronco players have been under the bright lights with only eight teams left to determine a Region I champion.
The Bearcats have several players as repeat starters in the playoffs. Compared to the Broncos, Aledo sophomore Wes Harris is a grizzly veteran who will be starting his eighth playoff game. The returning varsity players for Aledo have never known defeat on the varsity level.
This game will come down to which defense can get the other offense off the field. The huge advantage goes to the Aledo defense who just need to make five stops for a win.
Aledo by 30 points.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Tracking Your Aledo Bearcats…. Nobody does it better than Bruce Frantz and Aledo Sports Daily
Commentary by Steve Keck- Aledo Sport Daily
The accomplishments of our Aledo Bearcat football teams really hits home when I start doing research on the opposing playoff teams. Last week, there was nothing to write about when Aledo played Trimble Tech. It was their first playoff appearance of any kind in 25 years. This week, Aledo plays Denton High. This is their seventh playoff appearance in 21 years and first trip to the Area round in 15 years.
Honestly, as a writer, reporter, and analyst, the best way to compare a current Bearcat team is by comparison to other Bearcat football teams.
Of course, this is a totally unfair way of comparison in light of the unbelievable accomplishments of the undefeated 2013 Aledo Bearcat State Champions.
I do know there are some old timers out there who can remember the score of every Bearcat game ever played. One of these guys is Van Laird who is Wyatt Young’s grandpa. I talked to him a few years ago at the Aledo playoff game against Hereford at the hell hole in Sweetwater. He knows a lot about Bearcat football.
For the rest of us, including me, we have Bruce Frantz who has an extensive trove of data about the Bearcats going back to the 1996 team in what we call the “Tim Buchanan Era”. Personally, I’ve never seen anything quite like what Bruce puts out on one high school football team. He does this out of the goodness of his heart for Bearcat fans.
Adding what Bruce does to the exclusive in-depth coverage I provide makes Aledo Sports Daily the place to go for exclusive Bearcat content.
We don’t put this information up every week but do it often enough where it is easy to find on our website.
When Bruce sends this information to me, it is on a huge Excel spreadsheet with numerous tabs. I don’t publish some of the tabs because it is too hard to condense.
One thing is for certain, if I look at each tab long enough, I’ll always find something interesting to analyze and report back to Bearcat fans.
For example, I looked at the district record for Aledo the past few years. I never noticed on the side, Bruce has a cumulative district record going back to 1996.
First of all, it is just really impressive to see all those green winning district games year after year. Aledo ended the district year with 54 straight district wins.
When the streak started after a loss to Everman on 10/6/2007, Aledo had a cumulative record of 53-12 since 1996 for a winning percentage of 81.54%.
In the last eight years, Aledo has won 54 straight for a record of 107-12 and a winning percentage of 89.95 %. I cheated a little using Bruce’s formula and Aledo needs to win their first three district games next year to be at 90%.
Another great tracking tab Bruce gives us is the sheet tracking playoff games. Of all the accomplishments Aledo has, the playoff record has to be the shining star. Since 1996, the Bearcats are 61-13 for an 82.4 % winning percentage. Incredible. Especially when you consider Aledo is 26-1 in the last five playoffs.
Looking at it another way, Aledo has won 48 playoff games since the last time Denton High made it to the Area round.
I’ve included quite a few spreadsheets for you to look at. Let me know if you would like to see anything added.
The Aledo Bearcats Continue to Write More History in Texas High School Football
Analysis by Steve Keck- Aledo Sports Daily
Even though I missed my headline by a year last week, Aledo not only has been to the playoffs 19 straight years, they are also the Bi-District Champions 19 years in a row.
Inspired by a comment from a friend, I started trying to research if 19 straight Bi-District wins is a record. I found out last year finding accurate records for Texas High School Football is a tough task.
When you drill down to something specific like “Most Consecutive Playoff Wins”, well, it can get tough.
Thank God Aledo fans have Bruce Frantz. He has been running through the websites for many years.
Like a lot of things, there simply is no single source to answer the specific question. Bruce had to go to different sources to customize a response exclusively for Bearcat fans.
As always, Aledo Sports Daily welcomes other media to use the information we supply. Anything that promotes our team or players is A-OK.
What Bruce did is not easy. You have to get a name of the school and research each school individually.
From Bruce Frantz:
I started looking around and at least found a website to get the info. It will just take me awhile to check it all out.
First I used the website: texashighschoolfootballhistory to find the teams that have been in the playoffs the most. This list is updated thru the 2013 season and has a total of 1220 schools. I'm not sure how far back they go but they include all the Aledo season records back to 1962. I think the history varies for each school. This list shows Aledo has a playoff record of 72-25-1 which made it #14 on their list. Stephenville was next with a record of 71-24-1. Refugio is #1 with a 102-40-3 record. Refugio's school record page goes back to 1931 so it looks like each school has a different history. I'm surprised they had ties in the playoffs; I guess the ties go back to the earlier years.
http://www.theathleticsdepartment.com/ and gave me the Bi-district record for the teams. This website only goes back to 1991 for this category.
After looking at just a few of the teams I found Katy (6A) has been Bi-District champs every year since 1991 (24 seasons) including this season:
As far as consecutive Bi-District champs; Katy of course has 24:
Senior Isaiah Mallory # 52 follows his blocking including # 52 Reece Danner and # 70 Joshua Elam. Photo by Gallemore Photography.
BEARCATS BY THE NUMBERS....
Leading Bearcats- Offense (11 Games)
Leading Bearcats- Defense (11 Games)
Leading Bearcats- Offense (vs. Trimble Tech)
Leading Bearcats- Defense (vs. Trimble Tech)
Thursday, November 20, 2014
By Steve Keck
Super Six from 1999. # 8 Clay Wooten, # 77 Garrett Young, # 69 Austin Price, # 42 Kyle Gooch, # 45 Cameron Cunningham and # 93 Kevin Frantz
Note: This story was written about the Aledo Senior Class of 2010 and their fond remembrances of playing Pee Wee Football in Aledo. Pee Wee football parents old and new can relate to the stories of our seniors from four years ago.
The second part of this story has to do with Double David Davis. Even with his youngest son, Dillon, out of Pee Wee football for four years, the impact of Double Davis still is a factor with Pee Wee coaches in Aledo. Just this year interviewing Hans Dube whose team won the Sixth Grade Super Bowl, he mentioned Double Davis as a man who helped other coaches develop Pee Wee players.
By Steve Keck
The Aledo Bearcat seniors were all in first grade when Aledo won its first state championship under Coach Tim Buchannan in 1998. The talent pipeline from Pee Wee football was really born after the first championship. The gleam in every first grade Pee Wee player this season and next will be focused on playing in Bearcat Stadium one day.
The first grade class of 1999 is now the senior class of Bearcats from 2010. For six of these seniors, it has been a surreal journey of friendship, unparallel success, and a bevy of trophies. David Double Davis must have been hiding somewhere in the bushes taking these kids 40 times in kindergarten. Actually, he said he did it at field day.
Double drafted all six of these seniors in the first grade and started the incredible journey of 133 victories in 142 games between first grade Pee Wee football and walking off with their second state championship in a row at Cowboys Stadium.
These six seniors are Cody Brooks, Cameron Cunningham, Kevin Frantz, Austin Price, Clay Wooten, and Garrett Young. They all started together and they all ended together. In between, there were a few years of separation on different levels, like “A” team or “B” team. Two sets of players were on the same team at the same level for 12 straight years. Cunningham and Young were on the same team at the same level for 12 straight years. Kevin Frantz and Austin Price also achieved this accomplishment.
The first five years as Pee Wee players, they won five consecutive Pee Wee Super Bowl Championships. The teams were 58-1 in those five years. The only loss came as fifth graders to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Not really. Thanks to some incredible record keeping by Bruce Frantz, we know the lone loss came against Cleburne in game number 52. The team had won 51 straight games.
“I remember the sadness after that first loss after 50 or so wins in a row. The boys were devastated and so were the parents, lots of tears. Little did we know then, that we would never have to get used to that feeling,” said Jerry Brooks.
During high school, all teams the boys played on won district from ninth grade, varsity for Cameron and Garrett during their sophomore year. For the other boys, they won district as sophomores on the junior varsity. Of course, there are two state championships during their junior and senior seasons.
50 of the 133 games these seniors won were total shutouts of their opponents. The last three years in high school, the team record for the Super Six was 50-2. The average score in those 52 games was 40-12. It was a truly dominating performance by the Bearcats and this group of young men.
Pee Wee Years: What a Ride!
“I personally will never forget the proud feelings after the Super Bowl wins, they never diminished. Looking back I think that first Super Bowl win was just as special as that last State Championship, what a ride!” -Jerry Brooks, Cody’s dad.
The Brazos Valley Pee Wee football league is made up of eight teams from the surrounding area. Towns like Midlothian, Italy, Whitney, and Maypearl. These are towns and teams the varsity Bearcats are not playing on Friday nights. The league did include some teams more recognizable like Burleson, Granbury, Weatherford and Crowley.
Any youth coach will tell you it is impossible to have a successful team without the support of parents. For this group of young Bearcats, Double not only got parent support, but grandparent support. “Two very special people we got to know are Dolores and Van Laird, Garrett Young’s grandparents. They are amazing people; I don’t think they missed a single game in all the 12 years that Garrett has been playing. They were “grandparents” to a lot of the boys on the team,” said Frantz.
Sure enough, Van and Dolores were there for possibly the last “official” gathering of the Super Six. The only thing left for these senior Bearcats was a photo shoot as a group with all of their trophies.
Pee Wee Road Trips
“With the teams so spread out, we had to prepare for a lot of road trips,” said Bruce Frantz. “All the parents would meet at a central location and we would caravan together; there would be a line of cars going down the highway all with our “Aledo Bearcats” paint on the car windows and Bearcat flags in the window. After six years of this with a lot of the same parents you get very close to each other. We are very good friends with them still to this day.”
Sharon Braddy, Cameron Cunningham’s mom added, “We drove miles and miles to whatever game - wherever. It didn't matter how early we had to wake up, it was all worth it. We became a BIG family 12 years ago and nothing has changed. We love all these boys and their families so much. Our friendships will not end here. It's just the beginning of something new”.
Austin Price’s mom Missy Price added, “We always traveled in a caravan to away games. Every parent painted their car windows, cheering the boys on. The games in Italy and Whitney were the worst when we had the 8:00 a.m. game, and we had to be there an hour early. The boys slept on the way. Sometimes we got them dressed once we got there. When we traveled with our lights on, there were several times cars would pull to the side of the road thinking it was a funeral procession.”
This Aledo Pee Wee team played their home games at the field behind McAnally Intermediate School. There wasn’t much grass on it. There were no sprinkler systems. One game, it was just pouring down raining and they still played the game. The kids just loved running and sliding in the mud.
Jerry Brooks, Sharon Braddy, and Missy Price recalled how much the kids just loved running and sliding in the mud:
“It was raining so hard for one of our home games that one of Cody's fond memories is of one of the refs having to chase the ball down while it was floating away to set it for play” -Jerry Brooks on a fond memory from Cody.
“They loved playing football in the mud! We hated being the spectators when it was raining but for some reason it motivated those little ones! There were several occasions when we had to put Cameron in the back of the truck (local games only) to go home. We'd apologize to him but it was all good with him.” –Sharon Braddy about Cameron Cunningham
“Mud bowl! Ball games aren't called for rain. The home games were always played behind McAnally. It had been pouring all morning, not just raining...it poured...nonstop, throughout the entire game. The field was soaked, water was running through the parking lot, and the sky was dark. Every piece of clothing we had on was drenched. Our shoes even had water in them. It was cold and miserable. The boys, however, had a great time playing in the mud. We had to make them leave the field. Once we got to our cars we had to strip them down before we left the parking lot because they were covered in mud, so much so that the had the mud had soaked through to their underwear.” –Missy Price
“There is one play in a game that Kevin and I will never forget. He was in 1st or 2nd grade and we were playing at Joshua on a cold drizzly fall day. Kevin tackled the ball carrier in their end zone for a safety but he didn’t have a clue that he just made 2 points for his team; as far as he knew he just tackled the player like he was taught to do. Dad and mom were pretty excited about it though,” said Bruce Frantz.
“I remember the very first practice, August 1, 1999. Several of us had become good friends during baseball and were happy the boys were on the same football team. We were so excited to see them play. As the drills started and some of us moms saw that it was real, go get 'em football, we just stood there and thought, oh my God, what we have done. I don't know what we expected, but we didn't certainly didn't expect it to be hard hitting, tackle football. It definitely took some getting used to. Thank goodness we didn't grab our kids and run!” said Missy Price.
“We had decided to wait until Clay was in the third grade to let him play football, but after attending the '98 State Championship game, there was no stopping him. He insisted on playing. Although Clay predominately played quarterback, one of our proudest plays was when he played tight end in the 5th grade and made a downfield block to give Devin Davis a clear path for the winning touchdown in overtime,” said Sandy Wooten, Clay Wooten’s mom.
“I remember at one game; one of Cody's favorite coaches (Dennis Gooch) had him on the sideline and was really yelling him out. After the game I asked Dennis what it was that Cody had done wrong and he told me " nothing, its just that we really needed two yards on that next play" Cody played on the offensive line back then and Gouch knew that if he could get Cody all steamed up that it was a safe bet running behind him,” stated Jerry Brooks.
“One of the reasons their years in Pee Wee were so special was the praise all the Aledo parents had for all the Aledo boys. When it was an Aledo vs. Aledo game, everyone cheered for the kids on both teams. The parents on both teams were happy when one of the opposing kids had a great tackle or an amazing catch. Everyone clapped. Even though we were opponents, and each team wanted to win, we were still Aledo, and we were friends first,” said Missy Price. “The other Aledo teams' head coaches during this time were Chris O'Donnell and Curtis Hissam. They are the same type of coaches as Double and deserve thanks and appreciation from their teams as well. It was an amazing experience for all our senior boys who had the opportunity to play for these men.”
“Our toughest competition was the other Aledo teams. A lot of the guys from those teams are seniors this year, Sean O'Donnell, Hunter Powell, Rylan Riney, Tanner Linn, Zack Scott, Cody Smith, Matthew Hissam, Bradley Evetts....We were excited when we were able to combine the teams when we got to 7th grade,” Price added.
“One of the toughest competitors that Clay remembers from Pee Wee football was Cody Smith,” said Sandy Wooten.
Parting is such Sweet Sorrow…
Like a lot of things in Aledo, things have changed in the past 12 years. Some may yearn for the good old days, but most of changes have been extremely positive. It’s hard to imagine the Bearcats playing in the old stadium.
Back in the early days behind McAnally, there was only a very small metal stands with four rows of seats about 12’ long. There was no electronic scoreboard just a small board we manually put the score up on and the concession stand was a small Coca Cola trailer.
The parents and other fans would stand on the sidelines, sometimes soaking wet, to watch the game. The parents didn’t mind because it meant they could be up close and personal to the action.
A little nostalgia is definitely in line with this group of parents who watched their boys start their gridiron dreams in a sandlot and ended them in the finest football stadium in the world. So close to their earliest memories, yet so far away from the action on the field.
Throw Back Thursday: Double Davis with Kevin Frantz holding his First Grade Super Bowl trophy.
Double David Davis, will forever be a lifetime “Coach” to scores of players he mentored in Aledo Pee Wee Football and other sports he coached. In youth sports, there are basically two types of coaches. The great coaches are the ones, like Double, who are there to mentor and coach the kids on their team. Other coaches are there for their own kid.
The reason Double strikes a cord with me is because I’ve been a coach of youth sports for over 40 seasons including off-season leagues, all-star teams, and coaching both of my son’s at different levels within the same season in the same sport. With two boys, I don’t even have to ask Double if he has done the same thing. Yes, it counts as two seasons David.
Coaching youth sports either gives you the thrill of victory or the agony of defeat. The thrill of victory has nothing to do with how successful your team finished. It has to do with how much the kids learn from you to get them ready for their next level of competition. The agony of defeat comes when parents bicker with you and don’t support the discipline we instill on our players.
Some parents are actually less mature than their kids. Things haven’t changed much from when I had my own kids on my team. Many of these parents get frustrated and become the second kind of coach. Just so you parents know, the reason the coaches kids make the all-star teams is because they yare out there busting their fanny to make your kid a better player. Of course the coaches’ kids are usually all-stars. Their dads are out there working with them.
Here is another hint for youth parents. If you don’t coach, do something. Keep score, help with equipment, bring snacks, field maintenance, something. As an all-star coach, there are always border line kids. Who would you rather have on your team? A coaches’ son who’s dad is out there helping the league or the kids, or the kid of a parent who does nothing?
In one season, Double has six senior players who all played on one of his teams one year. They all contributed as varsity seniors. Since Devin left last year and Dayne still has one more year to play, none of these seniors are even in the graduating classes of his own boys.
Here are some comments from the parents of players Davis coached:
“Double Davis. We owe so much to this amazing man. He not only taught our boys how to play football, he taught them how to play with respect and class. He expected them to never play "dirty." No matter where they were, they were representing Aledo. They never talked trash, never fought on the field, and have always been humble. They know it takes a team to win a game. He was a huge influence in our boy’s lives. Double still offers advice and words of encouragement as well as plenty of praise to the boys. We can't put into words how much thanks and gratitude we feel for him. I do not think they would be the football players and young men they are today had he not been their coach for six years,” said Missy Price, Austin’s mom.
“Double Davis was a great motivator and made sure that every kid knew that they had a part in the success of the team. He was much like Coach Buc, in that he surrounded himself by good assistant coaches,” said Clay Wooten’s mom Sandy Wooten.
Double gets the last word on the 2010 Aledo State Championship, Part II. “Aledo is a winning community, and we love to see it on the score board, especially me. But, I hope what really sticks with these kids, is the relationships that we've made along the way to these wonderful successes they've had. I can’t think of many close friends today that were not made through a relationship starting with youth activities. I also want them to know, that just because High School football is behind them, it doesn’t mean that there are not more championships to win. By maintaining their relationship to their God, family, and helping other people, they have a chance to win a new personal championship every day.” Well said, David Davis.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
The first grade Aledo Black team were the 2014 Super Bowl Champions. They beat Decatur in Round 1 and Boyd in Round 2. The Super Bowl victory came against Weatherford.
Aledo Youth Football Ends Season with Super Bowl Championships
By Steve Keck- Aledo Sports Daily
There is no doubt where the winning tradition starts for football in Aledo. The Aledo Youth Football and Cheer Association (AYFCA) sets the tone of excellence for Aledo teams of the future from Kindergarten through the sixth grade.
The really good thing about Aledo Youth Football is the talent stays home to all still play in one competitive recreational league and they don’t get the talent diluted through select teams. I’m sure they probably have youth select teams but in Aledo, a player can’t get any better than the competition than staying in the youth associations in their own home towns.
The Aledo Youth Football and Cheer Association has been around since 1972 and is the flagship program in the North Central Texas Pee Wee Footfall Association (NCT). The NCT is made up of teams from Aledo, Argyle, Azle, Boyd, Bridgeport, Decatur, Sanger, Springtown ad Weatherford.
Aledo had participants in every level from Flag Football through Sixth Grade. In most other youth sports, participation wanes off the higher the up the players get. Not so in youth football. The fifth and sixth grade levels had three teams from Aledo and they all did very well. 2014 was the first year for three Aledo teams.
The Cheer program has also risen from 80 Cheerleaders in 2012 to 145 Cheerleaders in 2014.
The Flag Football program has expanded from two teams last year to four teams in 2014.
The sixth grade Aledo Black team was part of a 13 team division for sixth grade football players. Aledo had enough players for three teams this year in the sixth grade division.
Each team has 21 players. On the sixth grade level, every coach can protect four players. The rest are open to be drafted by any coach. In other words, a coach can’t just load up on talent and dominate the league year after year.
Almost every team is loaded with parents who have extensive coaching experience or backgrounds. For the Sixth Grade Champions Aledo Black team, the Head Coach is Hans Dube who has coached youth football for ten years. Dube was a player at Euless Trinity under legendary coach Steve Lineweaver. James Johnson was the Offensive Coordinator for the team with middle school coaching experience. The list of coaches with experience goes on and on in Aledo.
Coach Dube and the Sixth Grade Black team played in a 13 team league with three of the teams coming from Aledo. Aledo Sixth Grade Black played eight regular season games finishing 8-0 outscoring their opponents 216-28.
Next came two playoff games to get the team ready for the Super Bowl. They defeated Springtown in Round one and Aledo Orange in the semi-finals. In the Super Bowl, they had to face Argyle Black who scored 14 of the 28 points Aledo Black allowed on the year. Aledo Black was able to win with their best score of the year 46-26.
On the fifth grade level, it was Aledo Black coached by Paul Llewellyn vs. Aledo Orange and Coach Danny Clearley. Aledo had a third team (Aledo Gray) who finished 3-5.
Both Aledo teams in the Super Bowl came in to the playoffs with 7-1 records. Aledo Black lost their game to Decatur 14-6 and the Aledo Orange team lost their only game to Aledo Black 6-0 on October 11.
Aledo Black defeated Boyd in Round 1 and Argyle Black in Round 2. Aledo Orange beat Decatur in Round 1 and Springtown in Round 2.
It took and overtime to settle the rematch between Aledo Black and Aledo Orange 14-12.
On the fourth grade level, Aledo Black beat Bridgeport in Round 1 but lost to Decatur in Round 2.
In third grade, Aledo Black beat Boyd in Round 1, beat Argyle in Round 2 but lost the Super Bowl to Decatur in a hard fought game 22-18.
The second grade Aledo Black team beat Weatherford White in Round 1 but lost to Decatur in Round 2.
The first grade Aledo Black team were the 2014 Super Bowl Champions. They beat Decatur in Round 1 and Boyd in Round 2. The Super Bowl victory came against Weatherford.
Home Grown Talent a Pipeline for Aledo ISD Schools
Aledo varsity coaches Steve Wood and Tim Buchanan have worked hand-in-hand with AYFCA coaches to help them develop practice schedules and a few techniques to help the Pee Wee coaches get started. They just tell the coaches to run what they know for offense and defense but advise the coaches to put emphasis on the basics like blocking and tackling and to spend time formulating the offensive and defensive lines.
Since most divisions have two or three teams, by the time the Aledo players join forces at Aledo Middle School, they are already accustomed to the practice schedules, techniques, and basics. Almost immediately, Aledo seventh grade players just start working on plays.
The impact of AYFCA is seen on every level of football at Aledo ISD. This year, the Aledo Seventh Grade “A” Team and Aledo Eighth Grade “A” teams were both undefeated champions.
In 2012 the Sixth Grade Super Bowl was won by Aledo (Coach Knandel) by defeating another Aledo team (Coach Cupp). The players from these teams are now the Eighth Grade Bearcats.
In 2013, Aledo Sixth Grade won the Super Bowl. The players are now the Seventh Grade Bearcats.
Congratulations to all players, cheerleaders, coaches, parents and league officials for another great youth football season.
Information about signing up to play AYFCA football and participate in Aledo Cheer goes up beginning in April. Keep an eye out on their website:
SUPER BOWL PHOTO GALLERY
Aledo's Sixth Grade Black team had the highest point total all season with a 46-26 win over Argyle Black on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Will Jefferis
It was Aledo vs. Aledo Fifth Grade Super Bowl. The Aledo Black team won 14-12 in overtime. Photo Courtesy of Cynthia Llewellyn
Aledo's Third Grade Black team came within four points of being the 2014 Super Bowl Champions against Decatur. Photo Courtesy of Brad Bouldin
# 11 Sean McLean and Owen Peterson lost to Decatur 22-18 but gave it everything they had in Third Grade Super Bowl against Decatur. Photo Courtesy of Brad Bouldin
Aledo vs. Aledo Fifth Grade Super Bowl: Isaiah Crosby #1 carrying, Marshall Ku # 11, Keith Lamb #13, Doak Neill #42 Photo Courtesy of Cynthia Llewellyn
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Denton High Survives Birdville in 40-33 Shootout… Very few Upsets in Bi-District Finals
Analysis by Steve Keck- Aledo Sports Daily
The game between Denton High Broncos (8-3) and the Birdville Hawks turned into a real barn burner. Denton High led 40-14 heading into the fourth quarter and the Hawks came storming back outscoring the Broncos 19-0 in the fourth quarter to hang on for the win.
Birdville was threatening to score on their final drive but defensive lineman Adam Bershell’s outside rush helped him come up with his third sack of the game to allow Denton to secure the 40-33 victory.
It was a battle between two of the best running backs in the area. Birdville’s Isaiah Durante rushed 25 times for 214 yards and four touchdowns. Denton High’s Xavier Scott carried 34 times for 221 yards and two touchdowns. Durante ended his season with 2,277 yards and 33 touchdowns. Scott will look to extend his season against Aledo next Friday. He has 1,913 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns this season so far.
Aledo’s fellow district competitors did very well for themselves in bi-district. The Burleson Elks (6-5) were a 14 point underdog to South Hills (9-2) and pulled off a 37-21 upset. The Elks trailed 21-16 heading into the fourth quarter and outscored the Scorpions 21-0 in the fourth period.
Preston Peden passed for 169 yards and rushed for 159 yards and three touchdowns. Burleson’s last score came on a 94 yard fumble return for a touchdown putting the game away.
Burleson (6-5) will play the Azle Hornets (10-1) next week. Azle defeated Ft. Worth Dunbar 73-24.
Everman (7-4) had no problem with O.D. Wyatt (4-7) at Birdville Stadium with a 51-12 win. Kierre Crossley had 278 rushing yards on only 17 carries. Crossley now has 2,445 yards and 30 touchdowns on the season.
Everman (7-4) will play Wichita Falls High School (8-3). The Coyotes beat Lake Dallas 17-14.
The only District 8-5A team to lose was Burleson Centennial who lost big to Arlington Heights 70-28. Centennial was the other Division I playoff team from the district. Centennial’s top rusher Ricky Van Weezle missed the game due to an injury.
Deion Hair’Griffin had a field day against the Spartan defense. He was 10 of 11 passing for 198 yards and two touchdowns. He also had 216 rushing yards and six touchdowns.
Arlington Heights (11-0) will play Wichita Falls Rider (7-4) who defeated Grapevine 35-21.
In the same Division I bracket as Aledo, El Paso Del Valle upset El Paso Chapin. Amarillo Palo Duro got by Plainview 31-28. The winner of Aledo vs. Denton High will play the winner of El Paso Chapin vs. Palo Duro
District 8-5A vs. District 7-5A…. District 8-5A wins 3-1
Class 5A Division I
FW Arlington Heights 70…. Burleson Centennial 28
Aledo 69…. FW Trimble Tech 0
Class 5A Division II
Burleson 37, South Hills 21
Everman 51, FW Wyatt 12
District 5-5A vs. District 6-5A…. District 5-5A wins 4 to 0
Class 5A Division I
Wichita Falls Rider 35…. Grapevine 21
Denton 40….. Birdville 33
Class 5A Division II
Azle 73, Dunbar 24
Wichita Falls 17, Lake Dallas 14
OTHER CLASS 5A DIVISION I SCORES
El Paso Andress 42, El Paso Bel Air 14
Canyon Randall 34, Abilene Cooper 27
El Paso Del Valle 42 ….. El Paso Chapin 35
Amarillo Palo Duro 31, Plainview 28
OTHER CLASS 5A DIVISION II SCORES
Canutillo 63, El Paso Ysleta 28
San Angelo Lake View 26, Canyon 21
El Paso Eastlake 41, El Paso Bowie 7
Lubbock Cooper 45, Hereford 14
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Aledo Bearcats: Bi-District Champions 19 years in a Row with 69-0 Win over Trimble Tech
By Steve Keck- Aledo Sports Daily
It was rough going for Trimble Tech in their first playoff appearance in 25 years. The Bulldogs fell to # 1 Class 5A Aledo Bearcats. The 69-0 win set some milestones for Aledo in the playoffs. It was by far the biggest margin of victory for the Bearcats in the last 19 years. Previously, the 2011 Bearcats shut out Stephenville 33-0. The 69 points were second to the 2014 Bearcats who beat Burleson last year in bi-district by 76-6 in terms of total victory margin.
The Bearcat defense had Trimble Tech quarterback Austin Davis running for his life all night. The relentless pressure helped the Aledo secondary pick of four total passes with three returned for touchdowns.
Johnathan Durham picked off the first pass but was not returned for a touchdown. In the first half, Patrick Peek returned an interception for 80 yards and a touchdown. In the second half, Michael McCay picked off Davis for an 80 yard Bearcat touchdown. Finally, Byron Keil stepped in front of a Davis pass and returned the ball 20 yards for another defensive touchdown.
Aledo had a fourth non-offensive touchdown from a Ryan Newsome punt return for a 44 yard touchdown in the first quarter.
The offense was not without its stars. Isaiah Mallory filled in for the injured Jess Anders and came away with a 201 yard rushing performance and three touchdowns. Luke Bishop also had a rushing touchdown of eight yards and J.T. Turner got the last offensive touchdown on a two yard run in the fourth quarter.
The Bearcats finished with 412 total yards and threw only 15 passes in the game. Luke Bishop completed 8 of 14 for 119 yards and a 20 yard touchdown pass to Toby Gray. Garrett Hyles completed his only pass for nine yard to Jake Carrasco. Aledo threw only three passes in the second half.
The Bearcats move on to the Division I Class 5A Area Game against the winner of Birdville and Denton High at Justin Northwest Stadium which will also be the location of Aledo’s Area Game next week.
Toby Gray returned the ball to the Aledo 48 yard line. Luke Bishop rolls out and scrambles into Bulldog territory. A gain of eight. Isaiah Mallory gets a first down to the Bulldog 38 yard line. Mallory gets a toss for a first down to the Bulldog 14 yard line. From the 14 yard line, Toby Gray caught a touchdown pass but he was just out of bounds. Mallory scores the first Aledo touchdown on a run of 14. Touchdown Mallory. Just a little over a minute off the clock. 10:32 left in the first quarter. Ben Rogers adds the extra point.
Aledo 7…. Trimble Tech 0
Aledo stopped the Bulldogs on the 11 yard line but they came out firing. A big pass on first down moved the ball into Aledo territory. Another first down to the Aledo 37 yard line. A hurry up offense for Trimble Tech. On second down, Jonathan Durham picked off the pass from Austin Davis. Aledo starts at their own 11 yard line.
Mallory had a carry for no gain. Luke Bishop kept the ball for a gain of five. Mallory got the call on third down and got the first down to the Aledo 22 yard line. Mallory was dropped for a loss of three back to the 19 yard line. Second and 13. Aledo goes from the shotgun. Ryan Newsome completed a first down pass to Ryan Newsome. From the 36, Mallory gets into Bulldog territory to the 48 for another first down. Bishop was tackled for a loss of five back to the Aledo 46 yard line. Second and 15. Incomplete pass intended for Newsome. Third and 15. The third down pass was incomplete. Punt time for Aledo.
Garrett Uhl got away the punt down to the Trimble Tech 30. A flag on the first play brought up a second and 20. After a gain of five, another flag comes out. Chop block costs the Bulldogs half the distance to the goal at the 12. Third and 25 for Trimble Tech. The Bearcats get a sack from T. J. Zalar. Fourth and 30.
Ryan Newsome effects the game again. Trimble Tech called timeout. Newsome returned the punt for a touchdown! Ryan Newsome does it again from 46 yards out! Touchdown Newsome. 2:52 of First Quarter. Rogers kick is good.
Aledo 14…. Trimble Tech 0
Trimble Tech will start from their own 31. A gain of six brings up a second and four. Davis keeps for a loss of two. Preston Jeffries makes the stop behind the line of scrimmage. Big Game James Williams stops the third down play. Fourth down and a punt is coming. My guess? Away from Newsome. Aledo will start from the 37 of Aledo.
END FIRST QUARTER…. ALEDO 14…. TRIMBLE TECH 0
Aledo turned the ball over on a fumble and Patrick Peek came right back and picked off the Bulldog pass for an Aledo touchdown. A 72 yard touchdown on the interception. Touchdown Pat Peek. Rogers kick is good. 10:32 of second quarter.
Aledo 21…. Trimble Tech 0
The Aledo kick out of bounds and an offside penalty cost Aledo another five. Aledo stopped the first play for no gain. The second down pass was incomplete. Third and five. The Bearcats sack Davis again for a loss of seven by Ryan Heiss. Fourth and 12. Another punt. The Bearcats ran into the punter. A personal foul cost Aledo a possession.
Jack McAdams stopped Davis for a loss of five from the 37 yard line. Second and 15. Third down and 11 yards. The ball goes to the 47 but short of the first down. Another punting situation for the Bulldogs. A directional kick goes out of bounds at the Aledo 35 yard line.
Ryan Newsome picks up nine. Mallory had a big gain of 12 yards down to the 32 yard line. First down. Just under 6:00 left until halftime. Bishop completes for nine yards to Garrett Hyles. Second and one. Mallory gains five for a first down inside the red zone. Mallory scores from 18 yards out. He was untouched going to the end zone. Touchdown Mallory. Ben Rogers adds the extra point. 4:45 left in the second quarter.
Aledo 28…. Trimble Tech 0
Aledo gets a stop on first down but Davis completed a long pass to the Bulldog 32. A first down rush gets a first down. Second and nine from the 42 yard line. Another pass was almost intercepted by Michael McCay. Aledo was flagged for offside again. Reid Smith broke up the second down pass. Third and four. Aledo stops the third down play for no gain. Another punt is coming with Newsome back. Forth and eight. The ball goes out of bounds at the 33 yard line.
Bishop passes complete to Austin Summerhill for a first down at the 44 yard line. Newsome catches the first down pass for a gain of five. Toby Gray has a big reception down to the Bulldog 23. Almost a touchdown to Gray but he caught the ball out of bounds. Second and 10. Austin Summerhill catches another pass down to the eight. First and goal at the eight. Time out Aledo.
The first down pass to Garrett Hyles was incomplete. Second and goal at the eight. The pass to Ryan Newsome was incomplete. Knocked away by the Bulldogs. Third and goal. Luke Bishop keeps the ball for an eight yard touchdown. Touchdown Bishop. Rogers kick is good. 0:45 left until halftime.
Aledo 35…. Trimble Tech 0
Trimble Tech looks like they will just run out the clock in the first half.
HALFTIME: ALEDO 35…. TRIMBLE TECH 0
The Bulldog return man touched his knee down at the seven yard line. The first down pass was incomplete. A first down run up the20 yard line. The Bulldogs were -9 in the first half. On first down Aledo stuffed Davis for a loss of five. The second down pass was incomplete. The third down pass was also incomplete. A punting situation again for Trimble Tech. Oh my! A five yard punt for Trimble Tech. The Newsome Factor. Aledo starts at the Trimble Tech 20.
On first down, Toby Gray catches a 20 yard pass from Luke Bishop. Touchdown Gray. Rogers kick is good, 10:32 in the third quarter.
Aledo 42…. Trimble Tech 0
Tech starts at their own 22 and lost three on first down. They complete a pass for eight yards. Third and five. They get a good run after breaking out of a tackle to the Bulldog 41 yard line. A pass was almost picked off by Durham. Second and 10. Shotgun play was caught but dropped. McCay made a good play to knock the ball out. A pass was complete for a first down to the Aledo 34 yard line. The pass was complete but for a loss on first down. The best drive of the night for Trimble Tech. Another pass was incomplete. Larry Brown makes a tackle for a loss of five. Fourth and 20. Another bad punt goes out at the Aledo 28. A 16 yard punt.
Mallory had a first down carry to the 40 but holding cost Aledo 10. A spot foul gives Aledo a first and 13. Mallory almost broke it for a touchdown but he gets 54 yards. From Bulldog territory, Garrett Hyles catches a first down pass to the eight yard line. First down and goal. Logan Peterson was injured on the play. He looks like he has a cramp. We hope so. 7:07 left in the third. From the shotgun, Mallory picks up five to the three yard line. Mallory scores from two yards out. He goes over 200 yards with three touchdowns. Touchdown Mallory. The kick was blocked. 6:17 of the third quarter.
Aledo 48…. Trimble Tech 0
Tech starts from their own 27. The handoff goes for no gain. Second and ten for the Bulldogs. The second down pass was incomplete. Aledo is starting to make substitutions. The third down pass was incomplete. Caleb Primera and Blake Scott broke up the pass. The punt was dropped by McCay and recovered by Trimble Tech at the 45 of Aledo.
The Bulldogs got two first downs down to the 22 yard line. They are going quickly in the no huddle. The first down pass in incomplete. 3:38 to play in the third. Another loss of two brings up third and 12. The pass was intercepted by Michael McCay for a 75 yard touchdown by McCay and the Bearcats. Touchdown McCay. The extra point is good. Sam Frosch hit the extra point. 2:38 of the third quarter.
Aledo 55…. Trimble Tech 0
Trimble Tech gets good field position at the 42. A gain of two on a running play brings up second and eight. The second down slant goes incomplete. Third and eight. Davis loses three bringing up fourth down and 11. McCay gets another shot at the return. The ball takes a Bulldog bounce and Aledo gets an offensive possession.
Logan Bridges got caught in the backfield for a one yard loss. Garrett Hyles gained six. On third down, a miscommunication ended up with no gain for Hyles. The punt goes to the 27 yard line with the third quarter coming to an end.
END THIRD QUARTER: ALEDO 55…. TRIMBLE TECH 0
The Bearcat defense stopped the first play for a loss of two. The defense was offside for a loss of five. Third down and seven. The third down pass was knocked down by Reid Smith. Fourth down and another punting situation for Trimble Tech. McCay lets the ball go and Aledo starts at their own 38.
Jake Carrasco gets a carry for five on first down. Bridges picks up two. Third and three. Bridges gets a big run to the Tech 23. A 33 yard gain for Logan Bridges. Bridges gets two on first down. The Bearcats are working on the clock with under nine minutes to play. Bridges gets down to the 18 yard line to bring up third and five. From the 18, Hyles rolls out and passes to Jake Carrasco to the eight. First and goal at the eight for Aledo. The first catch of the year for Carrasco. Jonathan Esquivel gains one yard. Second and goal. Esquivel gets four to the four. Third and goal Aledo from the four. J.T. Turner picked up two but was cut down short at the two yard line. Turner scores a touchdown from the two! Touchdown Turner. The extra point is good. Frosch hits the kick. 6:00 of fourth quarter.
Aledo 62…. Trimble Tech 0
Byron Keil returns an interception for another Aledo touchdown. A 32 yard return. Touchdown Keil. 5:39 left in the fourth, Kick is good.
Aledo 69…. Trimble Tech 0
Wyatt Young and Nick Cheema got a sack on third down. Aledo started a possession with Dillon Davis at quarterback. The Bearcats have a third and four. Under two minutes to play. Aledo gets a first down to the Trimble Tech 27. No gain on first down. O:40 left. On more carry. Time is out!
FINAL…. ALEDO 60…. TRIMBLE TECH 0
Aledo will play the winner of Denton High and Birdville scheduled for tomorrow night. It looks like Justin Northwest Stadium.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
PLAYOFF GAME DAY # 1
BI-DISTRICT PLAYOFF MATCH-UP 2014
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Varsity @ 7:00 PM
Trimble Tech Bulldogs (6-4) Home
vs. Aledo Bearcats (9-1) Visitors
BEARCATS 2014 PLAYOFF CENTRAL PREVIEW
Senior Consistency. Check out Luke Bishop’s statistics between 2013 and 2014 below.
Huge Mismatch against Aledo Awaits Trimble Tech in their First Playoff Game in 25 years
Commentary by Steve Keck- Aledo Sports Daily
Congratulations to the Trimble Tech Bulldogs for making the playoffs for the first time in 25 years. The year was 1989 and the Bulldogs were four years removed from when James Gray led Trimble Tech in rushing and more playoff appearances.
Trimble Tech took advantage of re-districting by the Texas UIL putting seven FWISD schools in the same district with a guarantee of four playoff spots for the Ft. Worth schools.
While the Bulldogs were away from the playoffs, the Aledo Bearcats have amassed an incredible record in making the playoffs 19 times in a row. Not only have the Bearcats made the playoffs 19 years in a row, they are undefeated in the Bi-District round of the playoffs.
In the 19 seasons in the playoffs, Aledo has a 61-13 record winning an amazing 82% of their playoff games. Recently, the Bearcats have taken it up a notch winning 25 of their last 26 playoff games.
Aledo has only played Trimble Tech twice in history. They were the last two years when both teams were in District 7-4A. Aledo won 58-6 in 2012 and 66-10 last year. They have obviously never met in the playoffs since this is the first appearance for Trimble Tech in 25 years.
Of course real games are not played on paper, but this game appears to be a huge mismatch for Trimble Tech. Aledo swept through District 8-5A with a perfect 7-0 record outscoring district competitors 398-105.
For Trimble Tech, it was feast or famine in earning a playoff spot with a 3-3 finish in District 7-5A. In their three wins over Northside, Western Hills, and Southwest, Trimble Tech outscored their opponents 129-25.
In the three losses to O.D. Wyatt, Arlington Heights, and South Hills, the Bulldogs (6-4) were outscored 26-166. For the season, Trimble Tech was outscored by a total of 27 points in 2014.
Aledo (9-1) outscored their opponents by 304 points. In non-district, the average score was 25-22 Aledo. By the time district play was over, the Bearcats outscored their district rivals by an average of 57-15.
Trimble Tech averaged 258 yards of total offense per game. They were primarily run oriented with 1,626 yards on the ground and 957 passing yards.
The Bearcats were more balanced offensively with their 4,495 total yards. The rushing total for Aledo was 2,420 yards with 2,075 through the air.
Overall, Aledo outgained their opponents by 1,833 yards while Trimble Tech was outgained by 355 total yards.
Trimble Tech had a really tough time getting their offense going against South Hills (98 yards) and Arlington Heights (78 yards). This is not a good statistic coming in against a stingy Aledo defense.
Overall defensively, the two teams are a little closer in the total yards category. Trimble Tech gave up an average of 294 yards per game compared to 266 for Aledo.
Again, the problem for the Bulldogs was their performance against teams with winning records. They gave up 537 to Godley, 495 to South Hills, and 465 to Heights.
Another week, another dual threat quarterback for the Bearcats. Bulldog quarterback Austin Davis led Trimble Tech with 957 passing yards and 11 touchdowns. On the down side, Davis also had 12 interceptions in 2014. The Bulldogs also lost 10 fumbles for 22 total turnovers. Aledo only had five turnovers all year.
Davis also rushed for 631 yards averaging 5.4 per carry with nine touchdowns. The leading rusher for Trimble Tech was Tylar Smith with 915 yards averaging 7.04 yards per carry with 13 touchdowns.
On the receiving end, Andy Silos had 26 receptions for 379 yards and three touchdowns. Jaylon McLean had 15 catches for 213 yards with three touchdowns.
The status of Bearcat running back Jess Anders is unknown. He is in good hands with trainer Troy Little and the Bearcat coaching staff. They will not rush Jess along. Anders led the Bearcats with 716 rushing yard and 13 touchdowns in eight games.
Senior captain Isaiah Mallory has been a super substitute for the injured Anders this season. He has 477 rushing yards and five touchdowns while averaging 8.7 yards per carry.
Coming into the 2014 playoffs, Luke Bishop has almost a carbon copy of his statistics coming into the 2013 playoffs.
In 2014, he has 108 completions compared to 117 in 2013. He has 1,955 passing yards in 2013 compared to 1,980 last year. The touchdown passes are exactly the same wit 25 both seasons. Bishop has 484 rushing yards compared to 357 last year after 10 games.
Ryan Newsome looks completely healed from the injuries earlier in the season. He has 790 yards on 41 receptions with 10 touchdowns.
Newsome continues to be a thorn in the side of teams who dare and punt to him. He is averaging 21 yards on 10 punt returns for a 21.0 yard average with a touchdown.
Toby Gray has turned into a big play ready to happen. He has 629 yards on 25 receptions with nine touchdowns. Add in 324 kickoff return yards and Gray is averaging an amazing 29.8 yards per touch. Toby Gray scores a touchdown every three times he touches the ball.
Aledo is starting to look like the dominate them they were last year heading into the playoffs. This team can ill-afford any more injuries. Overall, the talent is not nearly as deep this year as last year with all the veteran seniors on the team.
Let’s get this party started!
Aledo by 50
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Aledo Seeks Path to Championship as Division I Playoff Team
Analysis and Commentary by Steve Keck- Aledo Sports Daily
Aledo will be following the path of Division I in the 2014 playoffs. A lot of Aledo fans have been weary of Division II since the Bearcats lost to the Evil Empire Denton Guyer in 2012.
The Wildcats went on to win the Division I state championship after the 42-30 win over Aledo. They knocked off Georgetown 48-37 in the finale.
The biggest difference in playing in Division I this year as opposed to years past is Denton Guyer is not in the Division I playoffs this year. They are tearing it as a Class 6A team with their only loss of the year to # 1 Allen in non-district play. The Wildcats lost to the Eagles 55-41. Guyer also played Ennis a Division II Class 4A playoff team and just won 45-42. They played Class 5A Division I playoff team Wichita Falls Rider and hung a 66-0 whoppin; on the Raiders.
The point here is there are no Guyer’s, Lake Travis, or Aledo Bearcats from championship years past. This is true of Division I or Division II of Class 4A.
It’s not like the playoffs will be easy, just not as packed with really teams as in years past. Usually, Division I is clearly the toughest playoff road because of a handful of really tough teams. This year, it really doesn’t make that much difference.
No matter who Aledo plays, the Bearcats will have a target on their back from the first playoff game until the last.
To be honest, of the possible playoff teams Aledo could face down the road, the Ennis Lions emerged as a team Aledo would least likely want to play. They have been picking up steam since starting the season 0-2 with the losses to afore mentioned Guyer Wildcats and Mansfield Timberview.
Ennis swept tough District 16 of Region II. This district includes Lufkin and Tyler John Tyler. Nacogdoches also had a good year out of District 16.
The folks who do the power rankings and polls have caught on the Ennis as well. Out projected Division II bracket has the Lions winning the Division II state championship.
Over in Division I, Aledo is projected to play Tyler John Tyler in the state semi-finals. Tyler would be the pick to make it through the tough Region II playoffs and win the region. Aledo is projected to play Fort Bend Ridge Point and win the Division I state championship. Fort Bend Ridge Point is a brand new school down I Missouri City, Texas. They are 10-0 so far and we will take a closer look later on if they make their way through Region III.
The other tough district in Region II is District 12. It includes Mesquite Poteet, Rockwall-Heat, and West Mesquite.
It seems everybody is an expert when it comes to Aledo football these days. The haters come out predicting the demise of the Bearcats every year. Hoyt Harris sent me a link to the website below:
Of course, everybody is entitled to their opinion. One team he mentioned, Longview may not even make it out of the first round. They play Lufkin who has already defeated Longview 44-14 this year.
I do agree with the guy that Aledo will easily get out of Region I.
Aledo has been able to play around injuries this year but this is the one factor that can derail the Bearcats. We must hope for a healthy team getting through these first few games.
Aledo will be extremely competitive in Division I this year. It would be great to have our first monument to the Aledo Bearcats Division I State Champions. It will also be great, no matter how the team finishes in the playoffs, to have our Coach Steve Wood have the “Interim” title taken off his job description.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Reviewing Final Week in District 8-5A... The Week that Was
Analysis by Steve Keck- Aledo Sports Daily
The Burleson Elks did the improbable I my mind beating Everman 48-27 to force a three-way tie for the final playoff spot in District 8-5A. Burleson Centennial avoided a four way tie earning a playoff spot outright by beating Joshua 42-3.
Everman looked like a team on the upswing winning their previous three district games. The games were not even close. The Bulldogs beat Cleburne 42-7, Crowley 63-35 and Joshua 42-0.
The Elks looked dead in the water after giving up 73 points and 636 yards of total offense to Aledo followed by flopping against Crowley 28-19.
I was so sure Everman would win, I really didn’t pay that much attention to any other scenarios. Luckily, Coach Steve Wood answered my question two weeks ago if three teams tied for the final playoff spot.
Coach Wood wrote:
First tie breaker is head to head. If there is a three way tie and one team had beaten the other two they would advance. If not it goes to positive points with an 18 point cap.
This is exactly what happened with Burleson, Cleburne, and Everman all with 4-3 District 8-5A records. Cleburne was eliminated on the “positive points” rule. Even though Burleson won the head-to-head against Everman, the district rues calls for a coin flip to determine seeding for the playoffs.
Everman won the coin flip and goes into the playoffs as the top seed and Burleson goes in as the second seed I Division II.
It makes a difference since Burleson has to play 9-1 South Hills and Everman gets 4-6 O.D. Wyatt.
District 8-5A Results:
Aledo 63…. Cleburne 28
Burleson 48…. Everman 27
Burleson Centennial 42…. Joshua 3
Crowley 42…. Granbury 7
Playoff Seeding for District 8-5A:
Division I Top Seed: Aledo
Division I Second Seed: Burleson Centennial
Division II Top Seed: Everman (won coin flip)
Division II Second Seed:Burleson
District 7-5A Has New Look for Playoffs
The Texas UIL did the Fort Worth ISD a big favor with re-districting for this season. They were guaranteed to get five schools in the playoffs. Four of those teams came from District 7-5A which Aledo left after two seasons. Four of the seven teams in District 6-5A are Ft. Worth schools.
It was a banner year for Arlington Heights. The Yellow Jackets continued a strong second half of 2013 with a perfect 10-0 season in 2014 including a sweep of District 7-5A.
South Hills went 9-1 including an 83-7 bullying of Western Hills. Their only loss came in a 66-48 shootout with Arlington Heights.
It will be interesting to see how South Hills and Arlington Heights do in the playoffs. Both had a cupcake pre-district schedule.
Playoff Seeding for District 5-5A:
Division I Top Seed: Arlington Heights
Division I Second Seed: Trimble Tech
Division II Top Seed: South Hills
Division II Second Seed: O.D. Wyatt
ALEDO SPORTS DAILY PICKS:
Playoff Opponents and Schedules for District 8-5A vs. District 7-5A:
Division I: Aledo (9-1) vs. FW Trimble Tech (6-4), 7 p.m. Thursday, Chisholm Trail Stadium, Fort Worth
Division I: FW Arlington Heights (10-0) vs. Burleson Centennial (7-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Vernon Newsom Stadium, Mansfield
Division II: South Hills (9-1) vs. Burleson (5-5), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Brewer Bear Stadium, Fort Worth
Division II: Everman (6-4) vs. FW Wyatt (4-6), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Birdville FA/AC, N. Richland Hills
District 5-5A vs 6-5A area teams in the Playoffs
Aledo could use “All my exes live In Texas” as a theme song. The only district Aledo has not been in in the area is District 6 but they have had Birdvile as a district competitor from back in the District 5-5A days.
It was an interesting year in District 5-5A with Denton Guyer and Byron Nelson leaving for Class 6A.
Both Wichita Falls schools had a rough go early in the year but rebounded to claim playoff spots. Denton High was riding high early in the year and barely hung on to claim a playoff spot. Azle ended up as the District 5-5A Champions with a 6-1 district record and were 9-1 overall.
The Boswell Pioneers are definitely the best team in the area sitting out the playoffs. Even though the Pioneers missed the playoffs, they were just a few points away from winning the district championship.
Boswell handed Azle their only district loss of the year. Their three losses in district were by a total of only 20 points. They fell to Wichita Falls High by 13, Wichita Falls Rider by three and Denton High by four
It was the 47-43 loss to Denton High that derailed the Pioneer train. They ended up tied but lost the head-to-head against the Broncos.
Playoff Seeding for District 5-5A:
Division I Top Seed: Wichita Falls Rider
Division I Second Seed: Denton High
Division II Top Seed: Azle
Division II Second Seed: Wichita Falls High
This district had three decent teams but the bottom five were horrible. One team had to make the playoffs from the bottom five and it ended up being Grapevine.
The Grapevine Mustangs started the season 0-4 in non-conference. They lost to Weatherford 29-14 and Arlington Heights 60-14 among others but made the playoffs courtesy of wins over three FWISD schools.
Lake Dallas had a good year going 9-1 and sweeping district 6-0. The Lake Dallas Falcons have a high powered offense that had over 4,500 total yards this regular season.
Lake Dallas took care of the other district teams in the playoffs beating Birdville 47-26, FW Dunbar 45-36 and Grapevine 49-21.
Birdville had a rough start to the year losing to Prosper, Mansfield Summit and Abilene Wylie. They did beat Class 6A Byron Nelson 49-45 in a pre-district shoot out. The Hawks finished district with a 5-1 record only losing to Lake Dallas.
Playoff Seeding for District 6-5A:
Division I Top Seed: Birdville
Division I Second Seed: Grapevine
Division II Top Seed: Lake Dallas
Division II Second Seed: FW Dunbar
Division I: Wichita Falls Rider (6-4) vs. Grapevine (3-7), 7 p.m. Thursday, Northwest ISD Stadium, Justin
Division I: North Richlands Hills Birdville (6-4) vs. Denton (7-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Northwest ISD Stadium, Justin NOTE: ALEDO WOULD PLAY THE WINNER OF THIS GAME IN THE AREA PLAYOFFS.
Division II: Azle (9-1) vs. Dunbar (7-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Chisholm Trail Stadium, Fort Worth
Division II: Lake Dallas (9-1) vs. Wichita Falls (7-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Porcupine Stadium, Springtown
ALEDO SPORTS DAILY PICKS:
Birdville over Denton High by 6
WF Rider over Grapevine by 20
Lake Dallas over Wichita Falls by 3
Azle over Ft. Worth Dunbar by 19
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Bearcats End 2014 Season as Consensus # 1 Class 5A Team in Texas
Analysis by Steve Keck- Aledo Sports Daily
According to Bruce Frantz, only five poll services submitted final rankings for the 2014 season. If ever they skipped a ranking, why the final one? Oh well.
Aledo was the number one team in four polls this week. Tyler John Tyler (9-2) got the other first place vote despite losing to Ennis (# 5 Composite). Go figure.
After languishing all year with Aledo the only Region I team in the Top 25, Region I ended up with four teams in the Top 25. Azle was # 17, Canutillo # 20, and Arlington Heights # 22.
The ascension of Region I teams has more to do with them standing firm while ranked teams in the other three regions started falling.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Senior Captain Isaiah Mallory filled in for the injured Jess Anders and made Cleburne pay with 170 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Photo by Gallemore Photography.
BEARCATS BY THE NUMBERS....
Leading Bearcats- Defense (vs. CLEBURNE)
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Aledo Sub-Varsity Complete Clean Sweep of District 8-5A Opponents
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
JV Orange and Black Combine for Thrilling Offensive Show in 2014 Finale over Cleburne 63-7
By Steve Keck Aledo Sports Daily
Monday, November 10, 2014
Aledo Freshmen Black End Season with 38-8 Win at Cleburne
Monday, November 10, 2014
Freshmen Orange Wins District 8-5A Championship with 48-6 Victory over Cleburne
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