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No. 1 Bearcats run past Timber Creek, 64-0

September 24, 2010 by Dominic Genetti

Aledo Bearcats
By Tony Eierdam (Video by Dominic Genetti)

Aledo junior running back Johnathan Gray rushed for 232 yards on 20 carries and reached the end zone five times to pace an offensive attack of 591 total yards as the state-ranked No. 1 Bearcats had little trouble in a 64-0 victory over the Keller Timber Creek Falcons Friday night at Bearcat Stadium on Homecoming Night.

The win - in the District 5-4A opener for both teams - raises the Bearcats overall record to 4-0.

Aledo rushed for 342 yards and threw for 249. Junior quarterback Matt Bishop completed nine of 15 passes for 203 yards with a pair of touchdown passes. Bishop also rushed for a TD. Senior signal caller Clay Wooten completed his only pass attempt in the fourth quarter - a 46-yard touchdown strike to junior receiver Preston Bartley.


But the Bearcats' defense was what most impressed Aledo head coach Tim Buchanan. The Falcons gained just 12 yards of total offense and just one first down (on a penalty) in the first half, and Timber Creek gained 107 total yards for the game.

"I was very happy with our defense," Buchanan said. "I was impressed with the entire defensive unit - first group and second group. (Senior linebacker) Hunter Powell came in there with the second group and made some big hits, and I thought the defensive front of (senior defensive tackles) Danny Edwards and Cody Brooks did a good job inside of standing the offensive linemen up and not letting them gain yards inside."

The Bearcats were ball hawks in the secondary as defensive backs James Place and Conner Bradham each pulled down two interceptions. Bradham had a pair of pick offs in the first half, and both of Place's interceptions came in the second half.

"Conner, James and Dayne Davis made some great plays in the secondary," Buchanan said. "And not only in pass coverage, but they also came up to the line of scrimmage and made plays (in run defense). As a unit, we played really well defensively."

Gray scored all five of his touchdowns in the first half as the Bearcats built a 41-0 lead at the break. He reached the end zone the first time on a 39-yard sprint through a huge hole off right tackle on Aledo's opening drive.

On the Bearcats ensuing possession, Gray capped an 11-play, 75-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run off right tackle. Kevin Frantz booted the extra point as AHS led 13-0.

The Bearcats struggled on offense on their next two possessions, but with 8:14 left in the half, Bishop scored on a one-yard run after pulling down a high snap in shotgun formation and scrambling around left end for the touchdown. Frantz added the extra point for a 20-0 lead.

Gray closed the first half scoring with TD runs of 10, 11 and 29 yards. The Bearcats used three different kickers for the PAT's as Tanner Linn, Frantz and Garrett Ellis each booted an extra point to give AHS a 41-0 cushion at the half. Aledo gained 342 total yards in the first 24 minutes, including 210 on the ground.

Aledo scored on its first drive of the second half as Bishop and junior receiver Michael Mann hooked up on a 29-yard touchdown pass play. Mann, covered by two Falcon defensive backs, leaped into the air and caught Bishop's pinpoint pass between the two defenders in the end zone for a 47-0 lead.

The Bearcats increased their lead to 50-0 with 3:22 left in the third quarter on a 37-yard field goal by Frantz, also the starting right guard.

With the second offense now in the game the Bearcats continued to score. Junior running back Ben Jopling blasted up the middle for 61 yards and a touchdown, and Wooten fired his touchdown pass to Bartley with 5:54 left to play. Linn and Ellis each kicked an extra point following the two touchdowns.

For the complete story, and for more comments from Coach Buchanan and the Bearcat players, please see the Oct. 1 issue of The Community News.

Sports Calendar

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

Monday, December 29

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Moritz Auto Group Holiday Classic, Aledo

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