Familiar foes meet again in the playoffs for the third straight year.
Twenty minutes before kick off, and The Aledo side of Midlothian Stadium is nearly full in a light rain. The rain may be a factor as it will be heavy at times, according to the forecast.
Having won the coin toss, Aledo will receive to get things underway.
A pass from Matt Bishop to Pate Davis for 5 yards gets the drive started off well.
On the next play Johnathan Gray goes right then back left, utilizing excellent down field blocks from Willie Gibson and others to cover 75 yards and get Aledo on the Scoreboard. PAT is good and it's Bearcats 7 Yellowjackets 0 with less than a minute gone in the game.
The Bearcat defense holds and they will get the ball back on their own 35 yard line after a nice return by Devan Watts. On a 4th down play Aledo brings in a short yardage package and Johnathan carries for a first down.
The next Aledo 1st down comes on a pass play from Matt Bishop to Pate Davis to the Yellowjacket 10 yard line. A penalty backs Aledo up and brings up a 3rd and goal from the Stephenville 7 yard line.
Stephenville intercepts a Matt Bishop pass in their own end zone and will set up at their 20 with just over 3 minutes to go in the 1st quarter. The Bearcat's defense holds the Jackets to a single 1st down and they will work from their own 43 yard line after forcing a punt.
Unable to move the ball, Aledo quick kicks from a passing formation and Stephenville will start from their own 10 yard line.
The City of Aledo has announced that Christmas Tyme in Aledo activities have been canceled for Saturday, Dec. 3.
However, at this time plans are to proceed with the annual Crafts Fair at Aledo Community Center from 10 a.m. To 8 p.m. On Saturday.
Representatives from the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce said the city's Christmas on the square will go on as planned, rain or shine.
Several hundred tickets to Saturday's Aledo-Stephenville game are still available at the Bearcat Store, located in the Aledo ISD Adminsistration building on Bailey Ranch Road. Fans are encourages to purchase tickets locally ($8 for adults, $5 for students) in order to avoid long lines at the stadium in Midlothian.
All tickets at the gate will be $10.
At the current time plans are still in place to hold Christmas Tyme in Aledo on Saturday, Dec. 3. Because of predictions of rain, some activities that were scheduled for outdoors may be moved indoors.
The annual Craft Fair at the Community Center is being held as scheduled from 10 a.m. To 8 p.m.
Check back at www.community-news.com for updates related to the event.
Coder Elementary School is selling Aledo footballs to raise money for P.E. equipment.
For more information, click here to download the order form.
Class AAAA Div. II State Quarterfinal
Aledo Bearcats vs. Stephenville Yellowjackets
Site: Midlothian ISD Stadium
US-287 & S 14th St.
Midlothian, Texas 76065
Day/Day: Saturday, December 3, 2011
Game Time: 3:00pm
Pre-Sell: Adults $8
All tickets $10 at the gate.
The Aledo Bearcats face the Randall Raiders in the 3rd round playoff game tonight at Grande Communications Stadium in Midland. The Raiders are the home team for this meeting and go into the contest with a record of 11-1. Aledo is 10-2 entering tonight's game.
Aledo gets the ball first and moves all the way from their own 35 yard line to the end zone. Matt Bishop got things started with a keeper off the right side for 16 yards. Johnathan Gray takes it in from the one yard line for the first score of the game and it's Bearcats 7 Raiders 0 with 8 minutes left in the 1st quarter.
Aledo will get the ball back after after holding Randall. The Bearcats aren't able to move the ball either and a short punt gives Randall the ball back at their own 40.
They drive to the Aledo 25. Aledo holds them there and will take over on downs.
One play later Johnathan Gray has covered the 75 yards and the Bearcats are up by a 14-0 score after Chance Nevarez' PAT.
James Place gets the Bearcats the ball back and after an incomplete pass Johnathan covers another 55 yards and adds to the score, which now reads Aledo 21 Randall 0.
The next Aledo drive gets a boost from a 51 yard Johnathan Gray run and Michael Mann scores on the next play from 23 yards out. 28-0 Aledo.
Aledo scores again on their next possession on a five yard run by Caleb Frysinger. PAT is good and Aledo now leads 35-0.
AUSTIN, TX—Nov. 22, 2011—The National Federation of Independent Business, Texas’ largest association representing small business owners, is calling on Texans to reserve the day after Black Friday for a trip to their nearest small business.
“There is only one way out of this recession, and that’s when small businesses – not big corporations – start ringing up sales. Period.” said the group’s executive director, Will Newton.
In its latest Small Business Profiles for States and Territories, the U.S. Small Business Administration pegs small-business employers as constituting 98 percent of all of Texas’ employers, providing more than half of all private-sector jobs.
But NFIB has been doing its own research on issues particular to small businesses for seven decades. In its latest NFIB Small-Business Optimism Index, a key bellwether economic measurement used by Federal Reserve chairmen and Congress, it found the No. 1 problem facing small businesses continuing to be “poor sales,” followed by government regulations and taxes. (Download the full report at http://www.nfib.com/sbetindex.)
The next stop for the Aledo Bearcats in their quest for a third straight state championship is Midland to face the Canyon Randall Raiders.
The game will be played at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25 at Grande Communications Stadium, located at 5514 Champions Drive.
Aledo will be the visiting team.
Tickets will be $8 for adults and $4 for students.
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.