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A crisp night in Mesquite as we get close to game time. The Stadium is Blue on one side and Orange and Black on the other here at Memorial Stadium.
Aledo will kick off to the Corsicana Tigers. A touchback will set the Tigers up at their 20 yard line.
Aledo's defense holds firm, two of three tackles from Gunner Johnson, and the Bearcats will start from their own 48 yard line. A first down is followed by a holding penalty, then Matt Bishop breaks outside to the Tiger's 27 yard line. The yards are hard to come by, and Corsicana forces a 4th down and 8. Matt Bishop keeps left on a pass option and has a 1st down at the Tiger 16 yard line.
On 1st down Johnathan Gray has his first touchdown of the day and 60th of the season, breaking his own Texas single season touchdown record of 59 from last season. The PAT is missed and the Bearcats lead 6-0 with just over 5:00 left in the 1st quarter.
Aledo's coverage team does a great job on the kickoff and the Tigers start at their own 11. The Bearcats force a three and out and will get the ball back in good field position.
Beginning at the 48 yard line, in Tiger territory, a swing pass to Johnathan gray for 31 yards will get Aledo into a first and goal situation. Two Gray carries later, the second for a touchdown from 1 yard out, and it's 12-0 Aledo after a failed two point conversion attempt.
The Tigers have driven into Bearcat territory and are making their offensive presence known. The 1st quarter will end with Corsicana working from the Aledo 34 yard line.
A first down just inside the Bearcat 30 gets the second quarter underway. The Tiger drive is slowed and they will go on a 4th and 12 from the 31 yard line.
The pass is incomplete and Aledo will take over at that point.
The Bearcats move quickly down the field on a Johnathan Gray run, a long Parker Bradham catch, and the last 23 yards on another Gray touchdown run. A two point conversion and it's Aledo 20 Corsicana 0.
A solid, sustained drive has Corsicana inside the Aledo 5 yard line after an encroachment penalty. The Tigers score on a jump pass over the middle and make the PAT to close the gap to 20-7 Aledo.
A nice return by Caleb Frysinger will give Aledo the ball at their 43 yard line.
Unable to move the ball, they quick kick.
The Tigers will start from their own 16 yard line. A long pass to the Bearcat 5 yard line leads to a scoring run of 5 yards. The Tigers have scored the last 14 points and trail by a score of 20-14 with 2:26 left in the first half.
Aledo will operate from their 42 yard line. Once again they kick from the short formation and pin Corsicana back at their own 12 yard line.
Aledo intercepts a pass with 5 seconds left in the half. Two plays later Michael Mann scores, on a tipped ball, tipped by Caleb Frysinger, on the classic Hail Mary pass to end the half. A two point conversion on a pass to Parker Bradham, is good and it will be Aledo 28-14 at the half.
The Bearcats will receive to start the second half.
Jonny Carter takes the kickoff all the way back, 81 yards for a Bearcat touchdown, the PAT is missed again and Aledo is up 34-14 with 11:47 to go in the 3rd quarter.
Corsicana nearly returns the favor by returning the next kickoff to the Aledo 24 yard line, they are on the board again, 22 seconds after the Aledo score, to make it 34-21 after the PAT.
Aledo has a 1st and 10 at their 24 yard line. Johnathan Gray goes right, and 76 yards later he has scored again. After a penalty backs up the attempt, the PAT is good for a 41-21 lead.
There are less than 2 minutes gone in the 3rd quarter and we've had 21 points scored since halftime. Tighten your chinstrap.
The Bearcat defense forces a punt, and with pressure on the kicker they will get good field position at the Tiger 44.
Matt Bishop to Michael Mann is good for 44 yards and a PAT is good again to make it 48-21 Aledo with 9:38 in the 3rd. 28 points in 2 1/2 mins.
The Corsicana Tigers look good on their next series. They put together a drive that takes 3 1/2 minutes off the clock and they score to make it 48-28 Aledo.
An onside kickoff attempt by the Tigers is covered by Caleb Frysinger. Bearcats from their 44 yard line.
A Bishop to Mann pass gets to the Tigers 44 yard line. Johnathan Gray to the 29 yard line. Caleb Frysinger sweeps left to the 11 yard line. Matt Bishop keeps over the left side for the Aledo touchdown from there and it's 55-28 Aledo after the PAT.
On the next Corsicana drive, James Place has an interception on a tipped pass and returns it to the Tigers 13 yard line. Matt Bishop fakes right to Johnathan Gray and turns back left to score on a keeper from there. The PAT is missed and Aledo has a 61-28 lead with 3:19 left in the 3rd quarter.
The Tigers get the ball at their 48 yard line as a result of a short kick and a nice return. They have a good drive, but the Aledo defense and a nice tackle for a loss by Jared Hinsley get the Bearcats the ball back on downs at their own 38.
The 3rd quarter will end 61-28 Bearcats.
The final quarter will open with Aledo working from the Tiger 48 yard line. Johnathan Gray covers the last 36 yards on a sweep left and a PAT will make the score 68-28 with 10:43 remaining.
Aledo holds and a short punt gets them the ball in Corsicana's side of the field at the 48 yard line. Pate Davis is in to replace Matt Bishop and Ben Jopling is in for Johnathan Gray.
The Bearcats are moving and using up clock as they work their way to the Corsicana 19 yard line. A 4th and 4 from the 13 yard line falls short and they will turn the ball over on downs at that point.
2:52 remains as Corsicana has the ball and will try to score again with the time they have remaining.
The clock is continuing to move, that will be a factor as they march out of their own end of the field.
Time will run out and the Bearcats will move on to the State Final again. 68-28 Bearcats.
The Bearcat defense, offensive line, down field blocking and special teams were all outstanding.
Good night from Memorial Stadium in Mesquite.