“[Our defense] held them scoreless in the first half, but [Ennis] came out with a lot of energy and I think we may have been a little flat, but I think we found our energy after halftime.”
Mittie and his band of seniors, several who played varsity ball as sophomores, and many more who were on the losing end of the Denton Guyer playoff last year, should be well prepared to play in the show on Saturday.
“This group [of seniors] has been together a long time and I think that has helped out our younger teammates as we’ve gone through the playoffs. I think we are very focused for the game this week.”
Obviously, the Bearcats will be “pulling out all the stops” on Saturday, and this particular squad has a wealth of stops to pull. While it is a good problem to have, getting game-play reps, even for all of the starters, has been at issue through most of Aledo’s games because of the total domination through most of the schedule, and sitting the first team after the half or after the first series of the third period.
Aledo head coach Tim Buchanan and his staff, who have hankered for the level of competition Ennis provided in the semifinal, is thankful that the Bearcat offense experienced the lesson in finishing.
“We were moving the ball well in the first half last week, but we weren’t finishing,” Buchanan said. “I think it was huge the way our offense responded in the second half and what was good about it was the way our kids stayed focused through the whole game and finished out the way they did.”
Since most of the 2013 Aledo varsity players were probably in the stands watching Aledo beat the Cubs, 35-21, in the 2009 state final, and the same for the Brenham kids, there is little resembling a rivalry, yet.