— Aledo vs. Brenham
Time: Noon, Saturday
Site: AT&T Stadium
1 AT&T Way, Arlington
Type: Class 4A, Division II, Championship game
Last year: Did not play
Brenham Cubs (14-1)
Season: Winner of District 18-4A (8-0)
Last week: Beat Calhoun, 56-21
Players to watch: RB Earnest Patterson (5-6. 145, 4.4); OL Austin Schlottmann (6-5, 285); DB Courtland Sutton (6-2, 200); QB Caleb Hill; RB Ryan Nunn (5-10, 180, 4.5); QB Walter Thomas; WR James Homan (6-1, 170).
Aledo Bearcats (15-0)
Season: Winner of District 7-4A (7-0)
Last week: Beat Ennis, 29-6
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: While Aledo had its rare slow start in last week’s semifinal against Ennis, the Brenham Cubs were skating through their first half against Calhoun. The Cubbies had built a three-touchdown lead going into the locker room and coasted through the balance of the match to secure their appointment with the Bearcats.
Brenham quarterback Caleb Hill was quite efficient with his passing, completing 12 of 18 attempts for 245 yards and four TDs. Hill spread his completions among five receivers.
Taking care of the ground game in the semifinal match, as he has for virtually the entire year, was Earnest Patterson, who had 22 touches and gained 144 of Brenham’s 165 yards rushing while adding two scores. The “compact” Patterson (5-6, 145) has gained more than 2,300 yards through 15 games, and is a terror in the open field with 4.4 speed.
Unlike Aledo, Brenham has been through the gauntlet several times during the playoffs, winning its first three postseason contests by a total margin of nine points. But the Cubs survived the close contests and won the past two games handily.
“I think it was very important, and helpful, to us to play in a competitive game [with Ennis], with a 0-0 score at halftime,” said Aledo senior linebacker Jordan Mittie, when asked how valuable the contest was to the Bearcats a week ago. “I know our offense hasn’t really seen that this year, but they kicked it into gear in the second half, so I think that was good for us as a team.