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.
Aledo held Summit to a single first down and got the ball on the Summit 49 for their first possession. Two runs by Johnathan Gray for 21 yards total, an incomplete pass and then Gray scored from 28 yards out. The PAT was good and Aledo led 7-0 after the first three minutes.
Summit took over at their 20 after another touchback on the kickoff. Three-and-out gave Aledo the ball back at the Summit 48 on a punt.
Aledo was held to a field goal on the next possession and the Bearcats led by a score of 10-0 with five minutes left in the first quarter.
Summit took the ball the length of the field and scored on a one-yard run. A two-point conversion made the score Aledo 10, Summit 8.
Aledo took over at their 32. They drove the length of the field, the last 28 yards coming on a Matt Bishop to Willie Gibson pass in traffic. PAT was good and Aledo went up 17-8 with 11 minutes to go before halftime.
Summit answered with a scoring drove of their own, including a final run of 12 yards for the touchdown, and they closed the gap to 17-15 Aledo.
A Jonny Carter return gave the Bearcats good field position. Big runs by Matt Bishop, then Johnathan Gray for the last 34 yards put the Bearcats up 24-15.
The Bearcats forced a turnover on downs and drove to the end zone again with about four minutes in the first half. Gray covered the last 30 yards on a scoring run that started right and wound up in the left corner of the Summit end zone, and it's now 31-15 Aledo.
Aledo's defense held Summit without a first down on the next drive, and took advantage of a blocked punt attempt to get the ball deep in Summit's end of the field. Aledo scored again with about a minute left before the half. Aledo 38, Summit 15.
Aledo received to start the second half. A short kickoff set the Bearcats up at their
own 41-yard line. Summit's defense held and they took over on downs at their own 28.
Unable to move the ball, they give Aledo the ball back on the Summit 21-yard line when a snap over the kicker’s head resulted in a 10-plus yard loss on fourth down.
Gray took it in from the four-yard line to make the score Aledo 45, Mansfield Summit 15.
Summit answered with a drive that took four minutes off the clock, and they scored on a quarterback keeper for 10 yards to close the gap to 45-23 Aledo, after a two-point conversion, with 1:30 left in the third quarter.
Aledo started from their 40-yard line. The drive ended in disappointment when Chance Nevarez hit the upright on a field goal attempt.
On the next Summit possession Aledo's Jordan Mittie intercepted a Summit pass and got Aledo the ball back with about nine minutes left in the game. Bishop threw to Michael Mann for 30 yards for the next score and put Aledo up 52-23 with 6:21 remaining.
On the next Summit possession Aledo's Clayton Lowe intercepted a pass to give Aledo the ball back with first and goal to go. Caleb Frysinger took it in on a run over the right side to make it 59-23 Aledo with just under five minutes to go.
Mittie got his second interception of the night to get the Bearcats the ball back at the Aledo 42-yard line. Pate Davis covered 23 yards to the Summit 35-yard line.
Summit recovered a Bearcat fumble and time ran out with a final of 59-23.