By GREG WEBB
MIDLOTHIAN — At game time on Saturday, the cloudy skies gave way to bright sunshine for the Class 4A, Division II semifinal, as the Aledo Bearcats took the field against the Ennis Lions at Midlothian ISD’s Multi-purpose facility. But the wind out of the north negated any semblance of nice weather, keeping the flags at the south end of the stadium at attention for the entire contest.
The wind would have a dramatic effect on both teams during the match.
After a 0-0 shocking deadlock at the half, the first two scoreless quarters for Aledo this season, the Bearcats came out of the locker room with the wind and an attitude. Both worked out well for the Bearcats.
Ennis fumbled its first two plays from scrimmage to begin the third quarter. The first miscue cost the Lions a few yards — the second cost them the shutout and the game.
Aledo’s first score on the ensuing series, with a 9-yard run by Jess Anders jump, started the Aledo offensive engine. The Bearcats dealt more of the same for the balance of the game as they went on to beat Ennis, 22-6.
The win reserves Aledo its fourth berth in the state finals over the past five years. The Bearcats will meet Brenham at noon on Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Aledo played Brenham to win the 4A, Div. II, title in 2009.
With Aledo’s initial score, the Bearcat defense responded in kind, forcing Ennis three-and-outs on their next two offensive series.
Quarterback Luke Bishop was the primary catalyst in Aledo’s next possession, with several carries biting off big chunks of yardage, though the drive hit pay dirt with a 5-yard run by Ryan Newsome. A bad snap left the score at 13-0, but more to come from the Bearcats.
Anders displayed tough running, when the running was indeed tough, and emerged as the workhorse for the Aledo offense. The fleet back, who spent most of the night fighting for yardage after the initial hit, carried the pigskin 30 times and finished the evening with 162 yards.
With the high wind, passing was hampered in both directions, with both teams sticking to the ground game for the most part, though the lone Ennis score in the fourth quarter was on a pass.
Aledo’s opening drive, which began at their own 24-yard line, was a nearly a definitive example of the offensive approach, as well as the result, of both teams in the first half – run the ball and throw sparingly. Eight of the first nine Aledo snaps saw junior quarterback Luke Bishop hand the ball to running back Jess Anders, as the Bearcats methodically marched downfield into the stiff breeze.
Though the drive was methodical, the chunks of yardage the Aledo backs were gaining were significantly smaller than any other game throughout the high-scoring season. The drive stalled deep in Ennis territory on a failed fourth-and-three attempt. The Bearcats had eaten six and a half minutes of the first period and gave up the ball at the Ennis 6-yard line.
Ennis failed to move the ball with consistency in the half, as the Aledo defense was still on the job until the offense could get on track.
Aledo takes charge after scoreless first half to defeat Ennis, 29-6; will face Brenham for state championship
By GREG WEBB
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Candidates have filed for city, school board elections
Filings for May 10 city and school board elections are now complete. A summary follows:
On the Aledo ISD school board incumbents David Davis, in Place 6, and Hoyt Harris, in Place 7, have both filed for re-election, each drawing one or more opponents. Farida Goderya has filed for Place 6, opposite Davis, and Riley Morrison and Debra Rogers have filed for Place 7, opposite Harris.
East Parker County Calendar of Events
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The Sunny Side
WILLOW PARK – Peppered with anecdotes from his stellar baseball career, former Texas Rangers catcher Jim Sundberg gave witness to his Christian faith and told how it changed his life before a crowd of about 200 at the recent annual Trinity Christian Academy dinner and fundraiser.
Aledo ISD approves suicide prevention program
The Aledo School Board approved the LifeLines Suicide Prevention Program in February, lining up with a recommendation from the Student Health Advisory Council, which has spent a year reviewing choices.
Aledo ISD could save up to $2 million
Expecting to save close to $2 million, Aledo ISD trustees recently voted to let district staff pull the trigger on a bank-qualified refunding of some of the district’s outstanding bonds once market conditions are optimum.
Don't feed the deer!
HUDSON OAKS — The city council recently passed an ordinance banning the feeding of deer.
Parker County Sheriff's Report Feb. 27-March 2
Burglary of a vehicle
Deputies were dispatched to the 300 block of James Street in Aledo shortly after 6 p.m. regarding the burglary of a vehicle.
ASK A MASTER GARDENER: Is it too early to start a vegetable garden?
Considering our winter temperatures this year, that’s a good question. When it comes to a successful vegetable garden, timing is everything. The goal in Texas is to have most of your vegetable crops mature before the temperatures soar in mid-summer.
EXTENSION NEWS: Getting more zzzs could help you lose some lbs.
We spend about one-third of our lifetime sleeping. Sleep is important for learning and memory. Sleep also helps our immune system to resist illness and disease, increases response times in emergencies, improves our mood and feelings of wellness and gives us the energy we need to be more active and alert.
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