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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.
Randall opens the second half with a drive that covers the length of the field and takes 2 1/2 minutes off the clock. They close the gap a little bit. Aledo leads 35-7 with 9:25 left in the 3rd quarter.
Aledo drives the field on their next possession, with the score coming on a Matt Bishop keeper up the middle for 3 1/2 yards. The biggest single play on the drive was a 25 yard pass play from Matt Bishop to Willie Gibson. They now lead by a score of 42-7 with most of the 3rd quarter behind us.
Randall is driving and has the ball on the Aledo 39 yard line as the 3rd quarter comes to an end.
The Aledo defense has been up to the challenge tonight. This Randall team is very good, 11 wins and 1 loss coming in to this contest. They might have made the score closer, but for the Bearcat defense. The Raiders have gotten yards, and sustained some drives, but the Bearcats have kept them off the scoreboard for the most part. James Place has two interceptions and the entire defense has been getting to the ball very well.
Hunter Brauer recovers a fumble deep in Bearcat territory to end another Randall scoring threat. After a frustrating series the Bearcats have to punt again and Randall will have another chance from the Aledo 44 yard line.
The Raiders score on a 4 yard run up the middle and have now made the score Aledo 42 Randall 14.
Pate Davis will take a knee to let time expire and Aledo will move on to the next round of the playoffs. It appears as though they may get a chance to avenge a loss in their opening game this year, Stephenville also won tonight.
Good night from Grande Communications Stadium in Midland, Texas