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.
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.
Randy Keck/The Community News: Aledo Ladycat pitcher Kacie Brann signed her letter of intent on Tuesday, Nov. 15 to attend Angelo State University next year.
Behind Brann's pitching, a Ladycat softball team composed mainly of freshmen went three levels deep into the playoffs last season.
For more on the signing, see the Nov. 25 issue of The Community News.
Aledo High School graduate and TCU punter Anson Kelton was named Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in TCU's 36-35 win at Boise State.
Kelton's teammate quarterback Casey Pachall was named Offensive Player of the Week.
Kelton averaged 45.8 yards on four punts. His 62-yard boot was his longest since 62- and 65-yard efforts versus Boise State in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl.
A senior from Fort Worth and Aledo High School, Kelton was key in Boise State having an average starting field position of its own 28.
Pachall has also received National Player of the Week honors from the Walter Camp Football Foundation, Rivals.com and the College Football Performance Awards.
Pachall completed 24-of-37 passes for 473 yards and five touchdowns as TCU snapped Boise State's nation-best 35-game home winning streak. It also ended the Broncos' run of 65 straight regular-season home victories dating back to 2001.
The five touchdowns tied a TCU single-game record shared by three others (Jeff Ballard, Matt Vogler, Steve Stamp). The 473 yards are the second-most in TCU history, trailing only Vogler's 690 versus Houston in 1990.
A sophomore from Brownwood, Texas, Pachall led a 7-play, 73-yard drive in just 1:21 to pull TCU within 35-34 with 1:05 to play. He then capped the drive with a 25-yard scoring pass to Brandon Carter. His 2-point pass to Josh Boyce gave the Horned Frogs a 36-35 lead.
After completing a 2-yard scoring toss to Boyce to cut TCU's deficit to 28-26 in the third quarter, Pachall ran for 2 points to tie the game.
The Class AAAA Division II Area Playoff football game between the Aledo Bearcats and the Mansfield Summit Jaguars will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 at Burleson Elks Stadium.
Pre-sell tickets will be $8 for adults and $4 for students. Tickets at the gate will be $9.
Aledo is the home team
Live updates of the game will be at www.community-news.com
Randy Keck/The Community News: Mykah Wilson jump serves to Canyon Randall in the UIL Regional Semifinal volleyball match at McMurry University in Abilene.
Click on the photo above for a gallery from the match in Abilene
Canyon Randall defeated Aledo in five games in the regional volleyball semifinal in Abilene on Friday, Nov 11.
Aledo fell behind in the first game by 12 points, but gained ground later in the game, eventually losing the first game 14-25. The momentum from the end of the first game carried into the next two, which the Ladycats won 25-20 and 25-21.
They were unable to put Randall away, however, as Canyon won the last two games 17-25 and 9-15.
Scenes from the Regional Volleyball Tournament in which Aledo faced Canyon Randall. Scenes include fan support, opening warmups, introductions and an extended volley that shows the intensity of play on both sides.
For more on the regional tournament, see the Nov. 18 issue of The Community News.
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.
Click on the photo above for a gallery from the game
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.