— Aledo vs. Fort Worth Trimble Tech
Time: 1 p.m., Saturday
Site: Farrington Field — 1501 University, Fort Worth
Type: District 7-4A finale
Last year: Aledo 58, Trimble Tech 6
Trimble Tech Bulldogs (2-7, 1-5)
Last season: 1-9 overall, 0-7 in District 7-4A
Last week: Lost to FW Wyatt, 42-13
Players to watch: QB Austin Davis (5-11, 185, 4.8), RB Daylon Tarkington, WR Andy Silos, DT Eric Wynn, OL Martin Alvarado.
Aledo Bearcats (9-0, 6-0)
Last season: 10-2 overall, 7-0 in District 7-4A, Class 4A, DI area finalist.
Last week: Beat Granbury, 72-6
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: Aledo head coach Tim Buchanan and his staff are well-versed in convincing the Bearcats squad to keep their collective eyes “on the ball,” as they have been in a similar situation a number of times over the past couple of decades — a district title cinched, 48 minutes still pending to finish the regular season (against a dubious opponent) and a playoff run ahead. Last week’s hosting, and subsequent thrashing, of Granbury was relatively easy for the Bearcats to get pumped about, with both teams sporting perfect records and the district title at odds.
Aledo’s trip to Farrington Field on Saturday to take on Trimble Tech hardly promises more than a speed bump on paper ... or turf, or otherwise, but rest assured those thoughts are far from being vocalized anywhere within earshot of the Bearcats’ locker room. All of the skills being polished over the past nine contests will be served up in full force against the Bulldogs in this dress rehearsal for the postseason.
Tech’s offense is probably the closest thing to a “one-man band” the Bearcats have faced all season long. While not being detrimental to the Bulldogs O-line, who have to create creases for the running back, Daylon Tarkington has accounted for nearly 70 percent of Tech’s total yardage. No other skills player on the squad has topped the century mark (for the season) running the ball. With the Tech passing game historically non-threatening this season, the Aledo defense can afford to focus its cross hairs on the Bulldogs running back.
If Trimble Tech’s QB Austin Davis is prompted to go up top, he will be tempting a secondary who has had a dozen picks on the year, led by junior cornerback Jonathan Durham, who has four interceptions on the season. As talented, high-scoring and attention-getting as the Bearcat offense has been in the 2013 season, the defense has been as impressive, a factor that will bode well when the postseason run begins.
But Aledo indeed has weapons galore on the other side of the ball, headed up by the solid presence of its junior quarterback Luke Bishop, heading into the district finale with 22 passing TDs, a 73 percent completion rate and just a lone interception.