— By GREG WEBB
Aledo football players have almost always had a significant presence in the makeup of area rosters intended to lend credence and extol the accomplishments of local athletes who have performed well on the gridiron. More than two decades of the program’s consistency has assured a formidable measure of postseason kudos. But this season was a bit more special for the Bearcats who, in varying degrees, dominated the competition en route to ultimate success of a UIL state championship.
Aledo quarterback Luke Bishop and QB/wideout Ryan Newsome dealt their fair share of misery for opposing defenses through a 16-game season and through their efforts, as well as a bevy of surrounding talent, have been named Co-Most Valuable Players on the 2013 All-Parker County Football Team.
Springtown’s playoff-calibre squad earned a solid presence on the APC roster, including Porcupines quarterback Landry Turner breaking into the Superlatives listing as the top offensive player for the season. A talented Springtown receiver corps is evident in the roster, with recognition for seniors Ryan Hester and Dylan Ray.
Despite Weatherford’s difficult year, there were players in its midst who displayed the season-long desire to either leave a legacy for going forward, as the case for seniors Dalton Clubb (First Team defensive back) and Zack Logue (First Team punter). Sophomore quarterback Bryce Burks is the surprise entry for the Roos. In a tough situation against a wealth of defending talent, Burks methodically elevated his game during the season, and is rewarded with a Second Team mention in the APC roster.
Class 2A in the area saw a revamped Millsap squad (on both sides of the ball) and the emergence of players who prospered in the new systems.
Also included in the APC listings are members of Brock’s gridiron squad, who premiered its varsity schedule in 2013. Though not designated in a district for the season (Brock will join UIL play in 2014), the Eagles showcased plenty of underclassmen who will bring talents to bear for the next couple of years.