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Gray Runs Wild as Aledo Goes Back-to-Back! The final tally is Aledo 69 La Marque 34. Final game story and stats are below.

December 17, 2010 by Eric Keck

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55 minutes to kick-off and Aledo has taken the field for their pre-game warm-ups. The Division II 3A State Championship just ended with Carthage beating Cold Springs 47-22. The Bearcat nation is starting to file in.

They have pushed tonight's kick-off to 8:15.

Aledo wins the toss and elects to recieve. Gray and Cunningham are deep.

A three play 73 yard drive ends in a 52 yard pitch and catch from Matthew Bishop to Michael Mann. Frantz PAT is good and Aledo leads 7-0 with 11:07 left in the first quarter.

Aledo starts their drive from their own 30 after the Cameron Cunningham INT.

Johnathan Gray's 40 yard dash off the left side caps a 7 play 70-yard drive. Bishop hooked up with Mann again for a 12 yard strike during the drive. Frantz hits the PAT as Aledo leads 14-0 with 6:02 left in the first quarter.

A 48 yard kick-off return and a 20 yard TD run from La Marque's Tim Wright cuts the Aledo lead in half. Aledo 14 and La Marque 7 with 4:20 left in the 1Q. Aledo begins their drive from their own 34 yard line.

On the first play of the drive, Johnathan Gray takes a pitch down the left sideline for a 66 yard TD. He now has 115 yards and 2 TDs in the first quarter. Frantz converts the PAT and Aledo leads 21-7 late in the first quarter.

La Marque's Tim Wright caps a 69 yard drive with a 4 yard TD run as time expires in the first quarter. The PAT failed giving Aledo a 21-13 lead.

A bad exchange from Bishop to Gray results in a turnover. La Marque starts their drive on the 49 yard line of Aledo.

Tim Wright catches a short pass and turns it into a 39 yard TD reception for the Cougars. La Marque now trails Aledo 21-20. Aledo starts their drive on their own 36 yard line.

Johnathan Gray scores from 2 yards out to end a 4 play 64 yard drive. The TD was set up by a 50 yard reception from Matthew Bishop to Justin Breshears. The PAT was muffed, and Aledo now leads 27-20 with 9 minutes left in the first half.

La Marque scores on a 41 yard TD reception. The score is tied at 27, as Aledo takes over from their own 37.

La Marque comes up with a big stop on third down as Aledo is forced to punt. The Courgars start their drive on their own 17 yard line. The score is still tied at 27.

Aledo takes over from their own 33 after a big 4th down stop. The score is still tied at 27.

A spectacular 42 yard run by Johnathan Gray give Aledo the lead!! The drive was 67 yards on 2 plays. Frantz coverts the PAT to give Aledo a 34-27 lead with 1:30 left in the half.

A Rob Blowers INT gives Aledo the ball back with 41 seconds left and 3 timeouts. They need to drive 69 yards if they want to score before the half is complete. Aledo elects to let the time expire. We are at halftime.

First Half Stats:
Johnathan Gray: 17 carries for 176 yards 4TDs
Matthew Bishop Passing: 7-7 169 yards and a TD
Matthew Bishop Rushing: 5 carries for 9 yards
Michael Mann: 3 receptions for 89 yards and a TD
Justin Breshears: 1 reception for 50 yards
Michael Hornsby: 1 reception for 19 yards
Todd Christian: 1 reception for 8 yards
Willie Gibson: 1 reception for 2 yards

Game Notes:
-Johnathan Gray needs 3 TDs in the 2nd half to break the Texas High School single season record set by Kenneth Hall of Sugarland in 1953.
-The Bearcats and Cougars combined for 710 yards and 61 points in the first half.
-La Marque's Tim Wright had 164 combined yards and 3TDs in the first half.
-Gray also passed the 3,000 yard mark for the 2010 season after his first half effort.

As the 2nd half begins, La Marque starts their drive from their own 15 yard line. Aledo leads 34-27.

After the 3 and out, Aledo takes over from the La Marque 46 yard line.

A 37 yard run by Matthew Bishop set up a 9 yard Johnathan Gray TD run. This capped a 2 play 46 yard drive. The Frantz PAT is good as Aledo leads 41-27 with 2 minutes gone in the third quarter.

Tim Wright has another terrific drive as La Marque scores a TD on a QB keeper. The drive was 7 plays and 62 yards. After the PAT the score stands 41-34 Aledo.

Aledo started their drive at their own 46 after a nice 31 yard return by Cameron Cunningham, but were forced to punt. La Marque takes over at their own 17 yard line.

Slaiter Vandertuin causes a fumble and Rylan Riney recovers to give Aledo the ball on the opponent 40 yard line. The Bearcats lead 41-34 deep into the third quarter.

Gray scores from 16 yards out for TD # 6. With that TD, he ties the single season all-time record at 57 TDs. This capped a 4 play 40 yard drive. The PAT is no good so Aledo leads 47-34.

Rob Blowers broke up a 4th down play as Aledo starts their drive on the 30 yard line of Aledo.

Matthew Bishop threw an INT, then on the next play Galen Hill caused a fumble that was recovered by Rob Blowers. Three plays later, Johnathan Gray scored from 13 yards out to give him 7 TDs on the game and 58 TDs on the season. This TD gives Gray the single-season all-time record. Aledo converts the 2pt conversion to give them a 55-34 lead. There is 9 minutes left in the game.

Gunner Johnson read the pass perfectly to pick it off. Aledo takes over from the Cougar's 37 yard line.

Michael Mann's 25 yard TD reception from Matthew Bishop caps a 37 yard drive. This TD seals the game with 5 minutes left as Aledo leads 62-34.

After a La Marque turnover on downs, Johnathan Gray scores on the first play of the drive from 54 yards out. Aledo is only 4 minutes away from the State Championship! This gives Gray 325 yards and 8TDs on the game.

That's the game! Aledo wraps up their 2nd consecutive State Championship with a 69-34 win over La Marque.

Second Half Stats:
Johnathan Gray: 28 carries for 325 yards and 8 TDs
Matthew Bishop Passing: 9-12 209 yards and 2 TDs
Matthew Bishop Rushing: 9 carries for 60 yards
Michael Mann: 5 receptions for 129 yards and 2 TDs
Justin Breshears: 1 reception for 50 yards
Michael Hornsby: 1 reception for 19 yards
Todd Christian: 1 reception for 8 yards
Willie Gibson: 1 reception for 2 yards

The crowd of 27,330 attending the game at Cowboys Stadium tonight knew magic was in the air from the opening kick-off in tonight's 4A Division II State Championship bout. It was an offensive explosion unlike anything I have seen as the teams combined for 1,151 yards and 103 points. Aledo did pull away in the 2nd half as the defense made big plays and the offense never stopped scoring. Rob Blowers won the Defensive MVP award as he came up huge with an INT and fumble recovery, and Johnathan Gray stole the show as your offensive MVP. He finished the day with 28 carries for 325 yards and 8 touchdowns. Aledo scored 10 touchdowns total on the day, as Michael Mann hauled in the other 2 non-Gray TDs. Mann finished the day with 5 catches for 129 yards. Credit La Marque for a terrific game and season. The Cougars return a lot of seniors next year, and I would not be surprised if we see these two teams in this game next season. After his 8 TD performance, Johnathan Gray ends the year with 59 rushing TDs, which breaks Kenneth Hall's single season Texas High School state record. A big shout out goes to the Bearcat nation, as the town traveled extremely well to represent the Aledo football team. Let the celebration begin!

End of Game Notes:
-Aledo's championship is their 2nd consecutive and 3rd in school history. The other championship was won in 1998 in the 3A division.
-Gray's 59 TDs are an all-time rushing record, breaking Kenneth Hall's record of 57 that he set as a Sugarland back in 1953.
-Aledo's 69 points tie a record for most points scored in an 11-man Texas state championship game.
-This win give Aledo 30 consecutive wins in a row.

Sports Calendar

Monday, November 24

  • Aledo Bearcats at Saginaw, B 3:00 p.m., A 6:00 p.m., JV 4:30 p.m. and Varsity 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, November 25

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Timbercreek at Aledo High School, B 1:30 p.m., A 12:00 p.m., JV 1:30 p.m., and Varsity 3:00 p.m.

  • Aledo Ladycats vs. Birdville at Aledo High School, Freshmen 8 p.m., JV 5 p.m. and Varsity 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 2

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Birdville, B 6 p.m., A 4:30 p.m., JV 6 p.m. and Varsity 7:30 p.m.

  • Aledo Ladycats at Springtown, Freshmen 5:30 p.m., JV 5:30 p.m. and Varsity 7 p.m.

Thursday, December 4

  • Aledo Ladycats Freshmen and JV at Mineral Wells Invitational

  • Aledo Bearcats B, A, JV and Varsity at Weatherford New Car Dealers Tournament

  • Aledo Ladycats Varsity at Fort Worth Cowtown Classic

Tuesday, December 9

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Stephenville at Aledo High School, B 6 p.m., A 4:30 p.m., JV 6 p.m. and Varsity 7:30 p.m.

  • Aledo Ladycats at Granbury, Freshmen 5 p.m., JV 5 p.m. and Varsity 6:30 p.m., *District Game

Thursday, December 11

  • Aledo Bearcats B, A, JV and Varsity at Decatur Tournament

Monday, December 15

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Southwest at Aledo High School, B 5 p.m., A 5 p.m. and JV 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 16

  • Aledo Ladycats vs. Cleburne at Aledo High School, Freshmen 5 p.m., JV 5 p.m. and Varsity 6:30 p.m., *District Game

Friday, December 19

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Joshua at Aledo High School, A 8 p.m., JV 5 p.m. and Varsity 6:30 p.m., *District Game

  • Aledo Ladycats vs. Joshua at Aledo High School, Freshmen 6:30 p.m., JV 5 p.m. and Varsity 8 p.m., *District Game

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