Bethanie James/Special to The Community News: Garrett Ellis kicks off for the Bearcats in Thursday's bi-district win.
Dunbar took the opening kickoff and started at their own 33 yard line. Todd Christian intercepted a Wildcat pass and Aledo had the ball at their own 17.
The Bearcats drove 83 yards on their first possession of the night. A pass to Preston Bartley for a first down, a run by Johnathan Gray and a big play on a pass to Michael Mann, who laid out and slid about five yards making the catch were the key plays. Gray ran it in from the two-yard line for the touchdown. Chance Nevarez kicked the PAT and the Bearcats were up 7-0 with 6:26 in the first quarter.
Dunbar drove 60-plus yards on their next possession, but had to settle for a field goal making the score Aledo with a little less than three minutes left in the first quarter.
On the next Aledo drive Mann again made his presence known with two key receptions for first downs, as did Caleb Frysinger. Gray covered the last eight yards on a run to the left side and the Bearcats lead 14-3 with about 30 seconds remaining in the quarter.
Aledo started from their eight-yard line after a Dunbar punt. A holding call erased a Gray run of more than 80 yards to the end zone and Aledo backed up to their four-yard line. Two plays later Willie Gibson scored on a 72-yard pass from Matt Bishop. The PAT was good, 21-3 Aledo nine minutes before halftime.
Aledo defeated Burleson 25-11, 25-23, 25-22 in the regional quarterfinal match at Haltom High School on Tuesday, Nov 8.
The Ladycats will play old Nemesis Canyon Randall at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov 11 at Kimbrell Arena at McMurry University in Abilene as the first round of the Regional Tournament.
For more details, see the Nov. 11 issue of The Community News.
Randy Keck/The Community News: TJ Tomlin and BJ Munoz put on defensive pressure during Aledo's win over Brewer on Friday, Nov. 4. The Bearcats play Fort Worth Dunbar in bi-district on Thursday, Nov. 10 at Bearcat Stadium.
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Aledo takes the ball first at the East end of Bearcat Stadium. 6 plays later, 3 runs each from Matt Bishop and Johnathan Gray, including a 5 yard touchdown run for Johnathan, Aledo scores first with less than 10 minutes left in the 1st quarter 7-0 Bearcats.
The Brewer Bears make a series of 1st downs before having to punt the ball back to Aledo. A nice punt pins the Bearcats deep in their own territory and a fumble on the second play of the drive results in a turnover.
Brewer gets the ball back deep in Aledo's end of the field. They tie it up at 7-7 with 4:45 left in the 1st quarter.
Caleb Frysinger returns the kickoff out to the Aledo 34 yard line where The Bearcats will start their possession.
A 3 play drive finishes with a 44 yard pass and run to Johnathan Gray from Matt Bishop, a Chance Nevarez PAT, and Aledo leads 14-7 with 3:30 left in the 1st quarter.
Aledo holds and will take over on their own 17 yard line after a Brewer punt. Unable to move the ball they punt the ball back to Brewer, who will set up shop at their own 47 yard line as the 1st quarter comes to a close.
Regional quarterfinal against Burleson Tuesday at Haltom
Randy Keck/The Community News: Ladycats Tyler Gromann, Sara Smith and Raygan McLelland celebrate after the first winning point of the first game against Cleburne on Friday at Joshua.
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The Aledo Ladycats volleyball team defeated Cleburne tonight by scores of 25-16, 21-25, 25-21, and 25-14 to win the Area Championship. Aledo will face Burleson in the Regional Quarterfinal for the right to appear in the Regional Tournament at McMurry University next weekend.
Burleson defeated Azle 25-18, 25-17, 23-25, 25-13.
The Aledo-Burleson game will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8 at Haltom High School.
The Aledo Ladycats will play Cleburne for the Area Championship at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 at Joshua High School. The Ladycats defeated Western Hills for the bi-district championship on Tuesday, 25-12, 25-13, 25-7. Cleburne defeated Waco Midway 26-24, 25-17, 25-18.
Randy Keck/The Community News: Mallory Powell serves during the bi-district volley all match between Aledo and Western Hills on Tuesday. Powell's powerful topspin serve helped turn momentum in the second game.
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Sights and sounds from Aledo's bi-district win on Nov. 1, 2011 against Western Hills. Three volleys (one serve by Mallory Powell and two by Raygan McLelland), some bench chatter and Mallory Powell explainong her top serve (she served 11 staright points in game 2).
The Aledo Ladycats defeated Western Hills on Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Wilkerson-Greines Center in Fort Worth in three straight games, 25-12, 25-13, 25-7. Aledo will play the winer of the Cleburne/Waco Midway match. Additional playoff details will be posted when available.
Read more about the bi-district match in the Nov. 4 issue of The Community News.
The Class AAAA Division II Bi-District Football Play-off Game between Fort Worth Dunbar and Aledo will be played at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 at Bearcat Stadium in Aledo. Pre-sell tickets will be $7 for adults and $5 for students. All tickets will be $8 at the gate.
Scenes from District 5-4A cross country including start of varsity boys and both JV races, as well as Colby Caldwell's finish in the varsity boys event.
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Cross country runners Kandace Canaday and Colby Caldwell will represent Aledo at the regional cross country meet next weekend in Lubbock after qualifying at the District 5-4A Cross Country Meet at Tarrant County College Northeast on Saturday, Oct. 29. Canaday finished fifth in the girls meet, while Caldwell finished eighth in the boys meet. Full details of the cross country meet will be available in the Nov. 4 issue of The Community News.
The Aledo Racketcats ended their fall tennis season as undefeated district champions and a regional quarterfinalist.
At the regional tournament in Wichita Falls on Friday, Oct. 28, Aledo won the first round 10-0, but then lost to Burgess in the second round, 11-7.
The Aledo Ladycats lost three games to 5A powerhouse Coppell on Friday, 18-25, 19-25, 19-25. The match was a warm-up for post-district play. Coppell is ranked seventh in the state in 5A.
More information about tennis and volleyball can be found in the Nov. 4 issue of The Community News.
Randy Keck/The Community News: Offensive lineman Latham Johnson leads blocking for Caleb Frysinger in Aledo's rainy win at Birdville on Thursday.
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Aledo gets the ball first and Johnathan Gray scores from 60 yards on the opening play. Point is good and Aledo leads 7-0 with 15 seconds gone in the 1st quarter.
Birdville is forced to punt after a drive stalls and Aledo works from their 37 yard line. A nice drive with big plays from Michael Mann, Ben Jopling and a touchdown run from 3 yards out by Johnathan Gray and it's 14-0 Aledo with 4:19 left in the 1st.
Birdville fumbles at their 29 yard line and Jordan Mittie recovers it to get the Bearcats the ball back. Matt Bishop makes a first down then 3 carries by Johnathan, the last one for 7 yards and the touchdown. PAT is good and the Bearcats lead 21-0 with 2:05 left in the 1st quarter.
That touchdown ties Johnathan Gray with T.A. McClendon for second all time nationally in scoring.
On the next Birdville drive they move the ball all the way down the field, with only 1:01 off the clock, and score.