It is said that football is a game of inches.
Make that 36 inches for the Aledo Bearcats.
Trailing 45-42 to Temple with less than a minute to play in the Class 5A, Division I state championship football game Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, the defending state champion Bearcats faced a fourth and one at the Temple 10.
The Bearcats had the option to try for a relatively-short 27-yard field goal to tie the contest and potentially send it to overtime, but first-year Bearcats head coach Steve Wood opted instead to go for the win.
The Aledo Bearcats defeated Temple 49-45 to win their fifth state championship in six years. Stay tuned for the full story!
By Tony Eierdam
The Community News
Steve WoodAledo ISD superintendent Derek Citty announced shortly after the Class 5A, Division I state championship football game - won by Aledo 49-45 Saturday - that he is removing the “Interim” title by naming Steve Wood as the Aledo Bearcats permanent head football coach.
Wood, a longtime Aledo assistant and former defensive coordinator, was named Bearcats interim head football coach on July 31 when Aledo head coach Tim Buchanan stepped down after 21 years to concentrate on his athletic director duties.
Jumping out to an 11-0 lead and never looking back, the Aledo Bearcats ran past Joshua, 48-22, Friday night in the boys' District 8-5A basketball opener at the AHS gym.
In the night cap, the Ladycats came back from behind to force overtime before falling 57-53 to Joshua in the extra session.
The Bearcats begin district at 1-0, while the Ladycats fall to 1-2 in 8-5A.
For the complete story on both games see the Dec. 26 issue of The Community News.
In front of the Aledo High School student body, staff and faculty at the state championship pep rally this afternoon at the AHS gym, Aledo senior captains Luke Bishop and Isaiah Mallory hold a trophy awarded to the Bearcats as the Chevrolet WFAA (Channel 8) High School Sports Special Team of the Week for last week’s state semifinal win over Tyler John Tyler. The Bearcats will face Temple at noon Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington for the Class 5A, Division I state championship.
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In an ending marred in controversy, Cleburne intercepted an Aledo in bounds pass with two seconds left to play and the Lady Jackets held on to defeat the Ladycats, 43-40, Tuesday night in a District 8-5A game at the AHS gym.
The loss drops the Ladycats to 1-1 in district play while Cleburne raised its 8-5A mark to 2-0.
Aledo led early in the opening quarter, but Cleburne came back with a 12-2 run in the second period to take a commanding 26-12 lead at the half.
But the Ladycats came out on fire to begin the third quarter as Cameron Huddleston and Kara Williams each sank three-point buckets to cut the Cleburne lead to 26-18.
The 2014-15 Aledo Ladycats basketball team will host ‘Meet The Ladycats’ from 4:30-5:30 p.m. today at the front of the varsity gym prior to their District 8-5A game against Cleburne.
The team will be handing out posters and T-shirts; there will be a vertical-jump contest; and sliders and wings will be available for purchase from Aledo’s IDC burgers as well as sweets donated by Brookshire’s.
The Ladycats will take on Cleburne at 6:30 p.m. today at the AHS gym.
Tickets for the Class 5A Division I state football championship game between the Aledo Bearcats and Temple Wildcats are on sale at the Aledo ISD administration building and Aledo High School.
The game will kick off at noon on Saturday at AT&T Stadium (formerly Cowboys Stadium) in Arlington.
Tickets (presale $12 for adults and $6 for students) will be on sale at the administration building from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
Presale tickets at the high school will be on sale from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday and from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Friday.
All tickets at the gate will be $15, and parking is $10.
Tickets can also be purchased on line at http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0C004D38BC199F70.
Aledo senior running back Jess Anders (23) breaks into the open field Saturday during the Bearcats 44-14 win over John Tyler in the Class 5A, Division I state semifinals.
Aledo quarterback Luke Bishop and running backs Jess Anders and Isaiah Mallory combined for 348 yards rushing to lead the No. 1 Aledo Bearcats to a decisive 44-14 victory over Tyler John Tyler Saturday afternoon in a Class 5A, Division I state semifinal at E.H. Hanby Stadium in Mesquite.
The win advances the Bearcats (14-1) to the state championship game against Temple, a 76-35 winner over Austin Vandegrift in the other semifinal.