We are almost under way. The anthem has been played and the Bearcats are set to recieve...the path to State has been paved!
Aledo punts it away after 1 first down. Poteet takes over at their own 20.
The defense stops Poteet on their first possesion. Cunningham muffs the punt but he does recover. Aledo takes over at their own 22 yard line.
Poteet forces another punt as Aledo's offense has yet to get going. The Pirates take over at their own 28.
Poteet missed a 37 yard field goal to give the ball to Aledo on their own 20 yard line.
As the 1st quarter turns to the 2nd, Aledo is forced to punt again. The ball does land inside the 5, so if Aledo holds here they will have great field position.
Poteet drives 95 yards on 14 plays to take the lead. There is 6:53 left in the half as Aledo recieves to try to answer.
Matthew Bishop fakes a hand off to Johnathan Gray then goes up the middle for 61 yards for a TD! Frantz hits the PAT and the score is tied at 7-7 with 5:28 left.
Rylan Riney comes up with a huge interception as Aledo regains possesion at the opponent's 35 yard line.
A sack and forced fumble on first down left Aledo with a 2nd and 25, and they couldn't convert and were forced to punt. Poteet takes over at their own 16 yard line with 2:45 left in the half.
Poteet QB Beau Nowell gets hurt after a Slaiter Vandertuin sack. Poteet then punts to Aledo and they take over with 1:40 left in the half on their own 26 yard line.
Matthew Bishop makes a spectacular play to avoid the rush, then connects with a wide open Michael Hornsby for a 59 yard touch down. Frantz converts the PAT and the score stands at Aledo 14 Poteet 7. There is 1:15 left in the half.
Aledo 14 Poteet 7. First Half Stats are as follows:
Johnathan Gray: 11 rushes 36 yards
Matthew Bishop: 3-6 for 83 yards and a TD, 6 rushes for 83 yards and a TD
Michael Hornsby: 2 catches for 78 yards and a TD
Michael Mann: 1 catch 5 yards
LaMarque leads Corpus Christi Calallen 28-10
After a big kickoff return, Poteet is forced to punt on the opening drive of the 2nd half. Aledo starts on their own 9 yard line.
With the ball deep in their own territory on 4th down Bishop ran to the right after a failed punt attempt and comes up just short. Poteet takes over on the Aledo 34 yard line.
Aledo forces a turnover on downs and takes over on their own 28 yard line.
Poteet forces a punt and takes over from their own 21 yard line.
Poteet drives 79 yards to tie the game at 14. There are 4 minutes left in the 3rd quarter as Aledo takes over.
A second down interception gives Poteet the ball back. There are 2 minutes left in the 3rd quarter.
A ten yard touchdown pass from Beau Nowell to Courtland Crumby gives Poteet the lead 21-14.
Aledo stands at the Poteet 24 yard line as the 4th quarter opens.
Johnathan Gray scores from 3 yards out to tie the game at 21! He also had a big 10 yard run to get them inside the 5. Frantz converts the PAT.
Aledo breaks up a 4th down pass to get the ball back at their own 34 yard line looking to take the lead in the 4th quarter.
Johnathan Gray scores from 7 yards out to take the lead with his 2nd rushing TD of the 4th quarter. Then on a gutsy call, Buchanan goes for a two point conversion and converts to take a 29-21 lead!
Poteet TD but failed two point conversion sets up an onside kick. Poteet converts the first but there was a procedure penalty against Poteet. Aledo then recovers the 2nd attempt with 1:55 left in the game.
After a ten yard first down run, the Bearcats take a knee to run out the clock...3...2...1...game over!!
What a back and forth affair in Mansfield tonight between Aledo and Mesquite Poteet. Aledo perseveres with a 29-27 victory however, and they will move on the the state finals against LaMarque in Cowboys Stadium. In this writter's opinion, tonight's MVP goes to Michael Hornsby as he had a huge TD reception and key fumble recovery. Great game Bearcats and we will see all of you in Arlington!!
Final Game Stats:
Johnathan Gray: 30 carries for 113 yards and 2 touchdowns
Matthew Bishop: 10-16 135 yards 1 TD and 1 INT, 14 carries for 161 yards and a TD
Michael Hornsby: 4 catches for 91 yards TD
Michael Mann: 5 catches for 31 yards
Justin Breshears: 2 catches for 18 yards