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Aledo defeats Dunbar 59-10

November 10, 2011 by Ken Hoover

Bethanie James/Special to The Community News: Garrett Ellis kicks off for the Bearcats in Thursday's bi-district win.

Game Recap
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.

Second 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.

The Bearcat defense did an excellent job as a unit and forced another Dunbar punt from the Aledo 43-yard line. The punt was a fake, but Aledo was not fooled, and took over the ball at their 43 yard line.

A Gray run for a first down up the middle, a Parker Bradham reception, and three Gray runs come up a yard short and Nevarez kicked a field goal to make it 24-3 Bearcats with 4:18 remaining in the first half.

Dunbar drove the length of the field to score on a two-yard run by Lee Ware. A pass to Stepfawn Hughes at the five-yard line was the big play on the drive. Aledo led 24-10 as they got the ball back with less than three minutes remaining.

Aledo scored on a pass from Matt Bishop to Pate Davis. Big plays on the drive were a catch by Frysinger and a screen pass to Gray. The Bearcats led 31-10 as time ran out in the half with Dunbar driving.

Third Quarter

Aledo got the ball to open the third quarter. They traveled the length of the field in just under three minutes, mostly on the legs of Gray, who ran it in from the one-yard line for his third touchdown of the night, 38-10 Bearcats with nine minutes left in the third quarter.

Aledo forced yet another punt. A long drive ended with a touchdown pass to Preston Bartley bringing the score to 45-10 Aledo as time ran out in the third quarter.

Aledo scored early in the fourth quarter on a pass from Bishop to Bradham and after the PAT the score was 52-10 Aledo over Dunbar.

Pate Davis passed to Frysinger for another Bearcat touchdown and a lead of 59-10 with four minutes left in the game.

Dunbar drove nearly the length of the field and lost a fumble at the Aledo two-yard line where the Bearcats took over with two minutes remaining in the game.

Aledo kept the ball on the ground and ran out the clock with the final score 59-10 Aledo.

Sports Calendar

Saturday, February 13

  • AHS at Lake Dallas Scrimmage;

    JV- 4 p.m.

    Freshman- 12 p.m.

  • AHS Ladycats Scrimmage vs. Weatherford at AHS;

    Varsity- 12:30 p.m.

    JV- 11 a.m.

  • AHS Varsity vs. Lake Dallas at AHS Scrimmage; 12 p.m.

Monday, February 15

  • AHS JV vs. Burleson at AHS; 7:30 p.m.

  • AHS JV Ladycats vs. Burleson at AHS; 6 p.m.

Tuesday, February 16

  • AHS at Cleburne;

    Varsity- 6:30 p.m.

    JV- 5 p.m.

    9th A- 5 p.m.

  • AHS JV at South Hills JV Tournament at McLeland; all day

  • AHS at South Grand Prairie Scrimmage;

    JV 4:30 p.m.

    Freshman- 7 p.m.

  • AHS Ladycats at Mansfield Summit;

    Varsity- 7 p.m.

    JV- 5:30 p.m.

  • AHS Varsity vs. South Grand Prarie at AHS Scrimmage; 4:30 p.m.

  • AHS Varsity Ladycats vs. Cleburne at AHS; 6 p.m.

  • AHS Varsity vs. Cleburne at AHS; 7:45 p.m.

Thursday, February 18

  • AHS Varsity Ladycats at Mansfield Tournament; times TBA

Friday, February 19

  • AHS Varsity at Byron Nelson HS Tournament; All day

  • AHS Varsity Ladycats vs. Joshua at AHS; 6 p.m.

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