There is little doubt the Roos have weapons to deploy, and with another week of reps behind them, Burleson’s (thus-far) shaky defense could be a god-send for the Roos to build more confidence in its overall attack. The skill-position players, with running back Jeuqwan Brownlee perhaps brewing for a break-out game, should be prepared to take up more of the slack if their starting quarterback is still feeling the effects of dings from the Cleburne game.
Perhaps the biggest help for the Roo offense will come from the WHS defense, who have been plagued with ‘big-playitis’ in its first two starts, in part the result of a banged-up corps forced to put its younger defenders in the mix. The defense has allowed six touchdowns from 30 yards or further in the first two contests, but has been, for the most part, less susceptible to sustained drives.
Burleson represented Weatherford’s first win last season. A repeat will remove the ‘oh-fer’ start currently hanging over the Roos, and provide a healing period to prepare for a district-opening engagement against much-vaunted Arlington Bowie on Sept. 26, which falls on a Thursday.
Aledo vs. Prepa Tec
Time: 7:30 p.m., Friday
Site: Bearcat Stadium
Type: Home opener, non-district
Last year: Aledo 45, Prepa Tec 6
Monterrey Prepa Tec Rams (0-2)
Last season: 2-3 (Texas schedule)
Last week: Lost to Highland Park, 42-21
Players to watch: QB Julio Vazquez, RBs Marcelo Gonzalez and Fernando Villanueva, WRs Juan Gonzalez Jr, Jose Guajardo, Adrian Najera and Gabriel Villarreal.
Aledo Bearcats (2-0)
Last season: 10-2 overall, 7-0 in District 7-4A ,
Class 4A, DI area finalist.
Last week: Beat Stephenville, 56-14.
Players to watch: LB Jordan Mittie (6-2, 210, 4.8), OT Cory Stitle (6-2, 265, 5.0), QB Luke Bishop (5-10, 170, 4.7), ATH Ryan Newsome (5-8, 168, 4.5), FB Daythan Davis (6-2. 218, 4.7)
Game notes: Referring to any successful start of a season by the Aledo Bearcats as a surprise may seem practically inappropriate, but even head coach Tim Buchanan has expressed not-so-subtle hints of “wow” factor regarding the quality opponents AHS has decidedly dominated in its first two games — on both sides of the ball.