Coward, who entered the game with more than 3,000 yards passing, 34 passing touchdowns and only seven interceptions, faced a heavy pass rush from the Bearcats all night. The pressure seemed to get to him as he completed 17-of-30 passes for 184 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
The Jackets’ biggest play came on the late touchdown, a 61-yard pass from Coward to Khalil Hall, after the game was already decided.
Anders had 15 carries for 79 yards while Davis ran it 13 times for 108 yards. Caleb Frysinger came in during the second half to rush for two touchdowns.
Davis was 7-of-13 for 107 yards passing. Willie Gibson had four receptions for 74 yards.
Aledo will play Denton Guyer in the area round of Class 4A, Division I playoffs at a site and time to be determined. Guyer beat Saginaw, 42-14, to advance.