It was homecoming Friday night at the newly named Tim Buchanan Stadium in Aledo and the Saginaw Rough Riders were probably wishing they had stayed home by the time the game was halfway through the first quarter.
Of course, by that time the host Bearcats were leading 30-0. They ended the night with a 70-0 victory, playing what seemed like every student in the high school en route to their 19th consecutive victory.
They also ran their national record district winning streak to 114 games dating to 2007.
"It shows what our kids can do when they go out and execute," Aledo coach Robby Jones said. "It was a great opportunity for our backups to get some playing time."
The Bearcats' touchdown on their inaugural drive was one of their longest of the game. It took all of 46 seconds and three plays, capped by a 24-yard scoring run by Raycine Guillory, one of four in the opening quarter for him.
Guillory had another TD run of 24 yards to cap a 28-second drive. He also caught touchdown passes of 30 and 23 yards from Hauss Hejny on drives of seven (one play) and 17 seconds (three plays).
The first touchdown pass reception was set up by safety Boogie Owens' second interception of the season. Guillory now has 13 touchdowns this season, 10 rushing and three receiving.
Hawk Patrick-Daniels scored on a 29-yard on a drive that took two plays and 16 seconds — also in the first quarter.
By the end of the first quarter — which included a safety for intentional grounding by the Saginaw quarterback in the end zone — Aledo (5-0 overall, 3-0 in District 3-5A Division I) led 39-0. While no one in the press box knew the official answer, several believed it to be a school record for most points in a period.
Things didn't get any better for the Rough Riders (0-5, 0-3) in the second quarter as Aledo built its halftime advantage to 67-0, also believed to be a team record. Hejny threw two more touchdown passes of 16 yards to Blake Burdine (a drive of 1:50) and 70 yards to Kadon Finley on the first play of a 14-second drive.
Finley was making his return after having played limited time this season because of an injury. He came into the game with three catches for 25 yards and almost tripled that total on a single play.
"He showed what he can do. We need to get him the ball more," Jones said. "You saw what he did with the ball.
"He had a similar play last year and got run down. He wasn't going to let that happen again."
Seconds after Finley's touchdown, Aledo defensive end Brody Adams scooped up a fumble and raced 18 yards into the end zone for the first defensive touchdown of his career to make the score 60-0.
"I'm on the tackle and I see the ball carrier coming inside. I look down and see the ball and I just grabbed it and took off," Adams said. "My friend Owen (Henderson, linebacker) said there was nobody there. It was awesome."
Capping the longest touchdown drive of the night at a minute and 56 seconds, backup running back Kaden Winkfield broke through defenders for an 18-yard TD.
The second half featured a running clock, not even stopping for incomplete passes or going out of bounds. The lone scoring was a 38-yard field goal by Cole Crawford late in the third quarter.
The Bearcats did not attempt a pass in the second half.
"We felt like we'd be rubbing it in. You've got to think of the other team," Jones said.
The game was the final homecoming for 34 Bearcat seniors, including Hejny, who's glad he got to win one in the stadium now named after his former coach.
"It's kind of weird calling it Tim Buchanan Stadium, I'm used to it being Bearcat Stadium, but I'm glad I was here for this," Hejny said. "It was special being on his last state championship team."
Hejny finished an unofficial 10-of-14 passing for 288 yards with four TD and no interceptions. In all, the Aledo offense amassed an unofficial 474 yards.
Defensively, again unofficial, the Bearcats held the Rough Riders to 99 total yards (66 rushing and 33 passing).
The Bearcats now turn their attention to The Colony and a road trip Friday, Sept. 29, for a 7 p.m. kickoff. The Cougars (2-3, 2-1) stunned Ryan in Denton on Sept. 28, 27-20, overcoming a 20-7 second-quarter deficit.
"It was kind of a surprise, but we knew they'd be better," Jones said. "They played a lot of sophomores last year."
Aledo 70, Saginaw 0
Saginaw 0 0 0 0 - 0
Aledo 39 28 3 0 - 70
A - Ray Guillory 24 run (Blake Burdine run)
A - Guillory 30 pass from Hauss Hejny (Hejny run)
A - Hawk Patrick-Daniels 29 run (Cole Crawford kick)
A - Guillory 23 pass from Hejny (Crawford kick)
A - Safety, intentional grounding in end zone by Saginaw
A - Guillory 24 run (Crawford kick)
A - Burdine 16 pass from Hejny (Crawford kick)
A - Kadon Finley 70 pass from Hejny (Logan DeFranzo kick)
A - Brody Adams 18 fumble return (DeFranzo kick)
A - Kaden Winkfield 18 run (DeFranzo kick)
A - Crawford 38 FG
First downs: Saginaw 5, Aledo 15.
Rushes-yards: Saginaw 29-66, Aledo 22-177.
Passing yards: Saginaw 33, Aledo 297.
Caught-thrown-intercepted: Saginaw 5-20-1, Aledo 11-15-0.
Fumbles-lost: Saginaw 3-1, Aledo 1-1.
Punts-average: Saginaw 9-32.2, Aledo 2-37.0.
Penalties-yards: Saginaw 5-37, Aledo 4-45.
Third-down conversions: Saginaw 4-15, Aledo 1-4.
Fourth-down conversions: Neither team attempted.
Saginaw: Roman Morales 6 carries for 40 yards, Kevin Roberts 7-13, Atilano Smith 2-10, Tyler
Self 1-8, Corey Baker 5-1, Isaiah Quinones 2-1, Michael Henry 1-(-2), Wyatt Anthony 5-(-5).
Aledo: Guillory 4 carries, 55 yards, 2 TD; Caleb Plumbley 7-46 yards, Patrick-Daniels 2-38 yards, TD; Winkfield 7-29, TD; Hejny 1-11; Brett Turner 1-(-2).
Saginaw: Morales 4-19-1, 21 yards; Smith 1-1-0, 12 yards.
Aledo: Hejny 10-14-0, 288 yards, 4 TD; Gavin Beard 1-1-0, 9 yards.
Saginaw: Nikko Kelly 1-12, Caleb Apple 1-9, Noah Amoriz 1-7, Benny Cordova 1-4, Jaivean Goff 1-1.
Aledo: Finley 2-73, TD; Guillory 3-67, 2 TD; Trace Clarkson 2-55; Colton McCoy 1-44; Tyson Tims 1-33; Burdine 1-16, TD; Patrick-Daniels 1-9.
Aledo: Boogie Owens.
Aledo: Brody Adams, TD.
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