Beating Brownwood handily was expected, and Springtown should offer a better test. But Stephenville has weapons aplenty, and while the Porcupines should be able to score at least moderately well, it will again be up to the Pojo “D” to allow Turner to throw as part of the offensive plan, and not just to play catchup.
Aledo vs. Boswell
Time: 7:30 p.m., Friday
Site: Birdville FAAC
9200 Mid Cities Blvd, North Richland Hills
Type: Class 4A, Division II, Region I, Area match
Last year: Did not play
Saginaw Boswell Pioneers (8-3)
Season: Finished second in District 6-4A (7-1)
Last week: Beat Wichita Falls Rider, 42-7
Players to watch: DL Dominic Hill (6-1, 280, 4.8); S Dayne Sommer (6-2, 206, 4.5); WR Scott Moody ((6-1, 165, 4.5); RB Antioine Stevenson (5-7, 185, 4.6); QB Drew Bicknell; C Treveon Kindle (5-9, 166, 4.6).
Aledo Bearcats (11-0)
Season: Winner of District 7-4A (7-0)
Last week: Beat Burleson, 76-6
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), WR Taco Anderson.
Game notes: Although it appeared to be just another dominating performance by the Bearcats over a much-weaker opponent (and though it kinda’ was, in a sense), Aledo did turn it up a notch in the bi-district match.
The offensive play calling efficiently displayed the width and depth of the Bearcats’ weaponry, and revealed few tendencies of the lack of game repetitions being an issue.
Ryan Newsome had an impressive triad of consecutive TD’s for Aledo, scoring on a punt return, a long run and a pass from Luke Bishop.
As impressive as the ground-chewing offense was, the defense was even more awesome. After an early first down by the Elks in their opening possession, the Aledo defenders seemed to take the intrusion personal for the balance of the first half, prompting an “unbelievable” description of the defense from Aledo head coach Tim Buchanan.