Weatherford Democrat

September 5, 2009

Gray, Bearcats romp in offensive show over Grapevine

Steve Boggs

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.

The Bearcats allowed 323 yards overall, much of it coming in the final minutes of the game, while holding a commanding 35-0 lead. Grapevine got on the board early in the fourth quarter, with Alex Mueller kicking a 27-yard field goal. The Mustangs’ only touchdown came on a 95-yard kickoff return by Will Noel with 4:20 to play in the game.

The game clearly belonged to Gray, however. He rushed for 249 yards on 18 carries and left the game midway through the third quarter. He had runs of 68, 15,17 and 25 yards in the first half.

Bishop, after a shaky start, completed all five pass attempts in the second half for 114 yards, and seemed to get more comfortable as the game wore on.

The Bearcats (2-0) visit Weatherford (1-1) Friday night.

Aledo 48, Grapevine 10

GHS 0 0 0 10 - 10

AHS 7 7 14 20 - 48

Scoring summary:

A - Johnathan Gray 68 run (Andrew Kocurek kick)

A - Johnathan Gray 13 run (Kocurek kick)

A - Johnathan Gray 13 run (Kocurek kick)

A - Gray 47 pass from Matthew Bishop (Kocurek kick)

A- Yusef Marwan 14 run (Kocurek kick)

G- Alex Mueller 27 FG

A- Danny Heiss 23 int. return (Kocurek kick)

A- Yusef Marwan 13 run (kick blocked)

G- Thomas Parnell 95 kickoff return

Team Stats

Grapevine Aledo

20 First Downs 21

50-137 Rushes-Yards 34-261

18-35-1 Comp-Att.-Int 9-13-0

186 Passing Yards 221

323 Total Yards 482

0-0 Fumbles-Lost 5-2

5-40.4 Punts-Avg. 3-31.6

5-50 Penalties-Yards 3-20

Individual Statistics:

Rushing: Grapevine - Christian Schroeder 23-90, Alistair Arendse 3-20, Tanner Pigrenet 3-18, Alex Mueller 1-12, Reed Ryan 17-(-8); Aledo - Johnathan Gray 18-249, Yusef Marwan 9-40, Brady Lambert 1-2, Matthew Bishop 6-(-19), Jake Burney 1-(-11).

Passing: Grapevine - Reed Ryan 18-35-1, 186. Aledo - Matthew Bishop 9-13-1, 213.

Receiving: Grapevine - Ted Hull-Ryde 8-113, Tyler Miller 3-38, Stephen Brady 2-15, Billy Mitchell 1-11, Tanner Pigrenet 1-7, Alex Mueller 1-7, Jon Mayer 1-3, Christian Schroeder 1-(-2). Aledo - Todd Christian 4-107, Stetson Stockard 3-59, Johnathan Gray 1-47, Gregg Lowe 1-8.