Paced by another 600-plus total yards, the No. 2 Aledo Bearcats had little trouble in a 59-14 victory over the Eaton Eagles Saturday afternoon in a District 6-5A contest at Northwest ISD Stadium.
The win raises the Bearcats’ 6-5A mark to 4-0, and 7-0 overall.
The Bearcats, who held a 52-0 lead at the half, rolled up an unofficial 612 yards while holding Eaton to 145 total yards, 106 of which came in the second half.
“We came out ready to play and I was pleased to see that,” Bearcats head coach Steve Wood said. “I thought we came out and got after it, and we handled our business. We had a short field in the first quarter (where the Bearcats scored 24 points) because we had the wind and we took advantage of that.
“Defensively, I thought we came out ready to play, tackled very well and made some plays. We gave up a couple of scores in the second half which they (Aledo’s first-team defense) don’t like, but Eaton also has some good football players.
“I though (reserve tailback) Will Greenwood ran well in the second half (unofficially 84 yards on 10 carries) and our second-team offensive line blocked well. Let me tell you, our second O-line could start for a lot of teams.
“Everyone got to play and that is always fun, and we will get back to work and look ahead to next week.”
The Bearcats scored on every drive in the first half.
After holding Eaton on downs to begin the contest, it took Aledo just three plays to reach the end zone. On first down from the Eaton 28, Davis scrambled for 14 yards and Evans followed with a six-yard run. On the next play, Evans went off left tackle, broke two tackles and waltzed into the end zone with 9:25 left in the opening period.
Quinn Davis booted the extra point as Aledo took a quick 7-0 lead.
Eaton was held on downs again, and punting against a strong wind could only get the ball to its own 26.
Two plays into their second drive, Aledo scored when Davis, off play action, fired a bullet down the middle for a sprinting Hunter Rosson, who caught the ball in stride on his way to a 26-yard touchdown.
With 7:56 remaining in the opening quarter, Reed Vierling booted the extra point to increase the Aledo advantage to 14-0.
Again, the Bearcats Black Shirts forced a three and out the next time Eaton had the ball.
Aledo needed just two plays to find the end zone again. After Jase McClellan raced for 30 yards down the right sideline, Davis sent a deep pass down the right hash mark to a wide open Logan Bridges, who corralled the ball and walked across the goal line to complete a 45-yard touchdown pass play. Quinn Davis added the PAT, and with six minutes left in the first period the ‘Cats enjoyed a 21-0 lead.
Eaton finally found a measure of success with its first first down on the Eagles’ ensuing possession. But the success was short lived. Eaton sent a bad snap back to quarterback Riley Taylor and AHS defensive end Colt Ellison came up with the football.
On Aledo’s next possession, Eaton’s defense came up with a stop and forced a field goal attempt. Quinn Davis nailed a 46-yard field goal to extend the Bearcats’ lead to 24-0.
Eaton’s next drive also ended with a turnover as linebacker Wyatt Harris intercepted a deflected pass at the Eagles’ 36. McClellan carried three times to reach the end zone, the last an eight-yard run off right tackle where the freshman crossed the goal line without contact with 1:54 left in the second period.
Vierling tacked on the extra point to increase the visitors’ lead to 31-0.
Eaton again was forced to punt after three downs, and Taylor, also the punter, took advantage of a strong wind by sending his kick well over the head of the AHS set back as the ball rolled to the end zone to complete a 90-yard punt.
However, the field position did not help. Aledo put together a five-play, 80-yard drive that was finished off by a 39-yard TD run by senior tailback Michael Jordan. On the touchdown play, Jordan broke through the line off left tackle, bounced outside to his left, broke two tackles and sprinted down the sideline and into the end zone.
With 7:19 left in the half, Vierling tacked on the PAT to increase the lead to 38-0.
Eaton finally found its offense on its next possession, using nine plays – including four completed passes by Taylor – to bring the ball to the AHS 33. But on the next play Taylor was sacked and fumbled the ball, which was picked up by Aledo defensive end Michael Arlt.
Tailback Donnie Evans carried twice for 17 yards to begin the drive before Davis dropped back to pass, but the senior gunslinger did not find any open receivers. Improvising on the play, Davis scrambled up the middle, cut to his left and outran the surprised Eaton secondary to the end zone to complete a 41-yard touchdown sprint.
Vierling added the PAT, and with 2:10 left in the half the Bearcats led 45-0.
The Bearcats’ defense forced another three and out, and starting with the ball at their own 44 with 41 seconds left to play, the Bearcats marched toward another TD.
McClellan began the hurry-up drive with an 18-yard gain before Davis completed a 20-yard pass to Preston Jefferis followed by a 12-yard completion to Hayden Hyles that brought the ball down to the Eagles’ 24.
With five ticks left on the lock there was time for one more play in the first half. Davis sent a bullet down the middle to Logan Bridges, and the senior caught the ball in stride at the 5 and sprinted past three defenders to the end zone as time expired in the second quarter.
Vierling closed the first-half scoring with the PAT as Aledo led 52-0 at the break.
The Bearcats held Eaton to just 39 total yards and six first downs in the first half. The Bearcats rushed for 221 yards and passed for 191 for 412 first-half total yards.
Receiving the third-quarter kickoff, the Bearcats scored again on their first drive of the second half.
It took only one play for the Bearcats to add to their lead. Jordan took a handoff and found a huge hole up the middle, cutting to his left and sprinting down the left sideline, leaving the Eagles trailing behind for another AHS touchdown. Jordan finished with nine carries for 165 yards.
Vierling added the PAT for a 59-0 cushion.
Eaton finally got on the board on its first series of the second half. Taylor completed five passes in the drive, the last a 20-yard touchdown strike to receiver Jordan Brooks for a touchdown with 8:52 left in the third quarter. Rhett Marshall kicked the extra point to cut the Bearcats’ lead to 59-7.
Eaton closed the scoring in the fourth quarter on a 21-yard touchdown run by Titus Swen, with Marshall adding the PAT to leave the score at 59-14.
The Bearcats will continue district play when they host Brewer at 7 p.m. Friday at Bearcat Stadium.