— By GREG WEBB
FORT WORTH — While there may have been a shortage of space in the relatively new Ranger Stadium press box at Chisholm Trail High School on Friday, there was certainly no shortage of proficiency by the Aledo offense ... nor the defense ... nor the special teams.
The Bearcats cranked up the intensity another notch in the opening round of Class 4A, Division II, Region I play, dealing the Burleson Elks a 76-6 whippin’, and putting most of its offensive prowess on display for the nearly-full visitors stands populated by the Aledo faithful.
Asked if he imagined the potential of the Bearcats’ numerous offensive weapons would be so formidable coming into the 2013 season, Aledo head coach Tim Buchanan ceded that he was certainly hopeful that was going to be the case.
Thus far in the 2013 season, those high hopes are being realized.
Receiving the first kickoff, the Elks made a first down in its first possession, but would suffer a long drought from a follow-up, with the Aledo first-line defenders imposing their will throughout the rest of the first half.
On the other side of the ball, Aledo loosed the offensive canons from the start, scoring on all eight of its first-half possessions.
After a pair of large-chunks-at-a-time drives culminated with Jess Anders’ 10-yard TD and Daythan Davis’ 19-yard rambling score, Ryan Newsome took the third of Burleson’s 10 punts on the night all the way to pay dirt, skirting the Elks’ left perimeter to outrun everyone for a 55-yard touchdown.
On his next touch, this time from scrimmage, the speedy Newsome would weave and sprint to a 60-yard scoring run.
The tone was set early and more of the same would ensue, as Aledo shared the wealth of scoring among its players.
While Aledo fans were treated to “business as usual” with another Bearcats display of domination, the bonus of a milestone would come to bear in the second quarter.
After a “false start” of the celebration for the consecutive point-after kicks record (state and national) from earlier in the season, the official mark would be set by Aledo senior Chance Nevarez. The boot after Luke Bishop tossed a 22-yard scoring strike to Newsome tied the mark of 172, set by Southlake Carroll’s Drew Brown earlier this season.
Jess Anders’ 17-yard run, the second TD of the quarter, set up the undisputed record-breaking kick by Nevarez. The senior would finish the night at consecutive PAT kick No. 177, and still without a miss.
But, the excitement of the kicking game was not over on this night. The final score of the game, with two minutes remaining in the contest, came off the foot of kicker Parker Shaunfield, who set up from 52 yards out and put the ball through the uprights.
Regardless of the final results of the bi-district match, Buchanan says the score is not an indication of the opponent as much as the level of play by Aledo.
“[The competition] did get tougher tonight. The difference is that our kids stepped it up a couple of notches, and played extremely well,” Buchanan said. “Our defense was just great — the way they played tonight was just unbelievable.”
Aledo will meet Saginaw Boswell in the Area round on Friday, taking on the Pioneers in a 7:30 p.m. game at Birdville ISD’s FAAC, located in North Richland Hills.
Boswell gained its foothold in the area round with a 42-7 win over Wichita Falls Rider.
Aledo 76 Burleson 6
AHS 28 28 14 6 - 76
BHS 0 0 0 6 - 6
AHS - Jess Anders 10 run (Chance Nevarez kick)
AHS - Daythan Davis 19 run (Nevarez kick)
AHS - Ryan Newsome 55 punt return (Nevarez kick)
AHS - Newsome 60 run (Nevarez kick)
AHS - Luke Bishop 22 pass to Newsome (Nevarez kick)
AHS - Anders 23 run (Nevarez kick)
AHS - Bishop 23 run (Nevarez kick)
AHS - Bishop 3 pass to Davis (Nevarez kick)
AHS - Anders 63 run (Nevarez kick)
AHS - Caleb Primera 2 run (Nevarez kick)
AHS - Taylor Bissell 38 blocked punt return (pass failed
AHS - Parker Shaunfield 22 field goal
AHS - Parker Shaunfield 52 field goal
Team stats: AHS BHS
First Downs 20 8
Total yards 633 142
Rushes-yards 49-518 38-121
Passing Yards 115 20
Comp-Att-Int 8-11-0 5-17-1
Penalties-Yards 1-5 3-25
Punts-Avg. 0-0 10-27.8
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-1
Rushing: AHS - Anders 12-182, Primera 9-125, Davis 8-62, Newsome 1-60; BHS - Preston Paden 12-81, Isaiah Hall 11-25.
Passing: AHS - Bishop 7-9-0-3, 90; BHS - Hall 3-9-0-0, 18
Receiving: AHS - Anders 2-29, Quanel Williams 1-26, Austin Summerhill 1-24, Newsome 1-22, Taco Anderson 2-10; BHS - Trayvon Webb 4-21.