Aledo High School
Aledo running back Johnathan Gray eludes a Brenham defender during the first half of the Aledo/Brenham state championship game in Austin. Gray had 125 yards and three touchdowns in the first half.
James Albritton/The Community News: Aledo running back Johnathan Gray eludes a Brenham defender during the first half of the Aledo/Brenham state championship game in Austin. Gray had 125 yards and three touchdowns in the first half and finished with 252 yards and four touchdowns, including a game-clinching 89-yard run late in the contest.
Aledo sophomore Johnathan Gray rushed for 252 yards and scored four touchdowns, including an 89-yard sprint late in the fourth quarter that clinched the game, and senior quarterback Trey Ozee added another score to lead the Aledo Bearcats to a 35-21 victory over the Brenham Cubs Saturday afternoon in the Class 4A, Division II state championship game at D. K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin.
The state championship win was the second in Aledo High School history and the first in Class 4A.
The victory was also aided by the Bearcats' defense which stopped a Brenham fourth and one at the AHS 10 late in the game. Gray's championship-clinching run followed three plays later, on third and eight.
Aledo head coach Tim Buchanan is all smiles moments after the Bearcats defeated Denison, 40-28, in the Class 4A semifinals. The Bearcats will play Brenham at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at D.K. Royal Memorial Stadium in Austin for the Class 4A, Division II state championship.
James Albritton/The Community News Sophomore running back Johnathan Gray takes the handoff from sophomore QB Matthew Bishop in Saturday's come-from-behind victory in the 4A State Semifinal game against the Denison Yellow Jackets. The Bearcats won the game 40-28 and will now face Brenham in the State Championship next Saturday.
By Tony Eierdam
The Aledo Bearcats came from two touchdowns behind to defeat Dennison 40-28 and earn a trip to the state championship game next week against Brenham.
Stay tuned to this site for updates.
By Tony Eierdam
With the Aledo Ladycats leading by six points at the half on the road against Richland, head coach Rusty Johnson's halftime speech to his team focused mainly on defense.
"I simply told them we needed to turn up our intensity, especially on defense," Johnson said.
Apparently, the Ladycats were listening.
Aledo came out with a shut down, pressure defense that held Richland scoreless for first 8:42 of the second half - including the entire third quarter - while pouring in 28 points to come away with an impressive 49-27 victory in a non-district contest.
By Tony Eierdam
In a game that was not nearly as close as the final score indicated, the Aledo Bearcats began the contest with 34 unanswered points on their way to a convincing 34-22 victory over the Everman Bulldogs Saturday afternoon in a Class 4A state quarterfinal matchup at Elk Stadium in Burleson.
The win advances the Bearcats (13-1) to the Class 4A, Division II state semifinals where they will play Denison at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at Collins Stadium in Denton.
Check this site later tonight or tomorrow for the Bearcats opponent and game location.