Elizabeth Vann-Stenzler/The Community News: Johnathan Gray receives notification that he is the Gatorade National Football Player of the Year following Tuesday's practice at Aledo High School. He is shown with AHS Assistant Principal Doug Funk and AHS Athletic Director Tim Buchanan.
Aledo senior running back Johnathan Gray was awarded the 2011-12 Gatorade National Football Player of the Year in an announcement in Aledo on Tuesday morning.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Gray as the nation’s best high school football player. A national advisory panel comprised of sport-specific experts and sports journalists helped select Gray from more than 1.1 million high school football players nationwide. Gray is now a finalist for the Gatorade Male High School Athlete of the Year award, to be presented at a special afternoon ceremony prior to The ESPY Awards in July.
The Aledo Ladycats basketball team is ranked 13th in the State of Texas in this week's Texas Association of Basketball Coaches poll.
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Familiar foes meet again in the playoffs for the third straight year.
Twenty minutes before kick off, and The Aledo side of Midlothian Stadium is nearly full in a light rain. The rain may be a factor as it will be heavy at times, according to the forecast.
Having won the coin toss, Aledo will receive to get things underway.
A pass from Matt Bishop to Pate Davis for 5 yards gets the drive started off well.
On the next play Johnathan Gray goes right then back left, utilizing excellent down field blocks from Willie Gibson and others to cover 75 yards and get Aledo on the Scoreboard. PAT is good and it's Bearcats 7 Yellowjackets 0 with less than a minute gone in the game.
The Bearcat defense holds and they will get the ball back on their own 35 yard line after a nice return by Devan Watts. On a 4th down play Aledo brings in a short yardage package and Johnathan carries for a first down.
The next Aledo 1st down comes on a pass play from Matt Bishop to Pate Davis to the Yellowjacket 10 yard line. A penalty backs Aledo up and brings up a 3rd and goal from the Stephenville 7 yard line.
Stephenville intercepts a Matt Bishop pass in their own end zone and will set up at their 20 with just over 3 minutes to go in the 1st quarter. The Bearcat's defense holds the Jackets to a single 1st down and they will work from their own 43 yard line after forcing a punt.
Unable to move the ball, Aledo quick kicks from a passing formation and Stephenville will start from their own 10 yard line.
Several hundred tickets to Saturday's Aledo-Stephenville game are still available at the Bearcat Store, located in the Aledo ISD Adminsistration building on Bailey Ranch Road. Fans are encourages to purchase tickets locally ($8 for adults, $5 for students) in order to avoid long lines at the stadium in Midlothian.
All tickets at the gate will be $10.
FOX Sports Southwest’s popular “DQ Big Game of the Week” feature continues through the high school football playoffs again this season. Friday night’s Muenster vs. Mart football game from Bearcat Stadium in Aledo will be showcased as this week’s “DQ Big Game of the Week” on FOX Sports Southwest’s HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD LIVE show.
A FOX Sports Southwest production crew will spend the evening capturing the big game atmosphere of the matchup for a special segment that will run on High School Scoreboard Live (Saturday, Dec. 3, midnight CT, replayed Sunday, Dec. 4, 8:30 AM CT) and High School Spotlight, FSSW’s 30-minute Texas high school magazine show on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 10:30 PM CT (replayed Monday, Dec. 5, 3:00 PM CT).
Reporter Neil Beasley will chronicle the activities surrounding the game. He’ll take viewers inside the locker room and behind-the-scenes for an intimate look at high school football in Texas.
Class AAAA Div. II State Quarterfinal
Aledo Bearcats vs. Stephenville Yellowjackets
Site: Midlothian ISD Stadium
US-287 & S 14th St.
Midlothian, Texas 76065
Day/Day: Saturday, December 3, 2011
Game Time: 3:00pm
Pre-Sell: Adults $8
All tickets $10 at the gate.
The Aledo Bearcats face the Randall Raiders in the 3rd round playoff game tonight at Grande Communications Stadium in Midland. The Raiders are the home team for this meeting and go into the contest with a record of 11-1. Aledo is 10-2 entering tonight's game.
Aledo gets the ball first and moves all the way from their own 35 yard line to the end zone. Matt Bishop got things started with a keeper off the right side for 16 yards. Johnathan Gray takes it in from the one yard line for the first score of the game and it's Bearcats 7 Raiders 0 with 8 minutes left in the 1st quarter.
Aledo will get the ball back after after holding Randall. The Bearcats aren't able to move the ball either and a short punt gives Randall the ball back at their own 40.
They drive to the Aledo 25. Aledo holds them there and will take over on downs.
One play later Johnathan Gray has covered the 75 yards and the Bearcats are up by a 14-0 score after Chance Nevarez' PAT.
James Place gets the Bearcats the ball back and after an incomplete pass Johnathan covers another 55 yards and adds to the score, which now reads Aledo 21 Randall 0.
The next Aledo drive gets a boost from a 51 yard Johnathan Gray run and Michael Mann scores on the next play from 23 yards out. 28-0 Aledo.
Aledo scores again on their next possession on a five yard run by Caleb Frysinger. PAT is good and Aledo now leads 35-0.
The next stop for the Aledo Bearcats in their quest for a third straight state championship is Midland to face the Canyon Randall Raiders.
The game will be played at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25 at Grande Communications Stadium, located at 5514 Champions Drive.
Aledo will be the visiting team.
Tickets will be $8 for adults and $4 for students.
Randy Keck/The Community News: Johnathan Gray escapes the grasp of Mansfield Summit's Boling Dayton on the way to his first touchdown in Aledo's 59-23 win over the Jaguars. Also shown are receiver Michael Mann and quarterback Matthew Bishop.
Aledo defeated Mansfield Summit 59-23 in the Area Championship game played at Burleson Elk Stadium on Friday, Nov. 18. The Bearcats will face the winner of the Canyon Randall-El Paso Riverside game on Saturday, Nov. 15.
The regional quarterfinal game is expected to be played on Friday, Nov 25. If Randall wins, it will likely be played in Sweetwater. If El Paso wins, it will be in Midland.
Check www.community-news.com for playoff updates when the time and place are announced.
Below is a game recap of the Aledo-Mansfield Summit game. Check the Nov. 25 issue of The Community News for more photos and information.
Sights and sounds from Aledo's Area Championship win over Mansfield Summit on Nov. 18, 2011. Included are band, fans, cheerleaders and game action, including a long touchdown run by Johnathan Gray.
Aledo kicked off to Mansfield Summit, who started on their own 20.
Randy Keck/The Community News: Aledo Ladycat pitcher Kacie Brann signed her letter of intent on Tuesday, Nov. 15 to attend Angelo State University next year.
Behind Brann's pitching, a Ladycat softball team composed mainly of freshmen went three levels deep into the playoffs last season.
For more on the signing, see the Nov. 25 issue of The Community News.