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September 5, 2009

Gray, Bearcats romp in offensive show over Grapevine

ALEDO - Sophomore running back Johnathan Gray accounted for 306 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Aledo Bearcast past Grapevine Friday night, 48-10.

The visiting Mustangs had no answer for the quick and elusive Gray, who rushed for three scores and took a short screen pass 47 yards for a touchdown. He took the game’s opening play 68 yards for a touchdown and gave the Bearcats a 7-0 lead. He added a 13-yard run in the second quarter to give Aledo a 14-0 halftime lead en route to 178 first-half rushing yards.

“He’s not bad for a sophomore,” said Aledo coach Tim Buchanan. “Not bad at all.”

The Bearcats were never challenged by the outmanned Mustangs, piling up 482 yards of offense, and putting the game away with a 21-point outburst shortly after halftime. The second half effort drew praise from Buchanan.

“We looked a lot better in the second half, no doubt. Our offense didn’t do much to help our defense early. We have to get a lot more consistent on the offensive side of the ball,” Buchanan said.

One reason for the inconsistency early was the debut of sophomore quarterback Matthew Bishop, who drew his first start after coming on in relief of injured senior Trey Ozee in last week’s Stephenville game.

Bishop threw for 221 yards on 9-of-13 passing, including the touchdown to Gray at the 5:59 mark of the third quarter that made it 28-0. His favorite target was Todd Christian, who caught four passes in the first half for 107 yards.

“He made some mistakes early, but he got better as the game went on,” Buchanan said.

The Bearcats defense adjusted well at halftime and shut down the no-huddle Grapevine offense in the third quarter, allowing just two first downs. Senior linebacker Danny Heiss picked off Grapevine quarterback Reed Ryan and returned it 23 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter. The Aledo defense allowed only 44 yards rushing in the second half and did not surrender a touchdown.

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