ALEDO — Offense wins games but defense wins championships, the story goes. Friday night, however, it could be said that defense won a game.
The Bearcat defense, which had allowed a scant 11 points in four District 7-4A games, forced three fumbles which led directly (and quickly) to all three Aledo touchdowns in a closer than it looked 24-8 win over Fort Worth Southwest at Bearcat Stadium.
Bearcat Coach Tim Buchanan called the defensive job “simply Aledo football.”
“We were moving the ball offensively okay but just couldn’t sustain field position like we’re used to,” Buchanan said. “Fortunately we were able to force some turnovers.”
The Aledo defense was able to thwart wide receiver Robbie Rhodes, who didn’t have a reception all night. Rhodes, an early commit to Baylor, spent quite a bit of time at quarterback and led the squad in rushing, however, with 46 yards on eight carries.
Both teams were tied atop the league at 4-0 heading into the contest and locked into a defensive struggle early on. It was the visiting Raiders (4-1 in 7-4A and 6-2 overall) that came through with the first fumble recovery as Aledo (5-0 and 7-1) was driving inside the Southwest 15 late in the first.
Midway through the second quarter, however, after the Bearcats were stymied on fourth down inside the Southwest 15, Quanel Williams recovered a Justice Adams-Jones fumble to give Aledo a first-and-goal from the Raider nine.
Caleb Frysinger needed just one play, bouncing outside to his left and shedding a tackler before finding the end zone. Chance Nevarez tacked on the point after with 5:39 remaining in the first half.
Late in the half, Aledo used Pate Davis strikes to Taco Anderson, John Whatley and Williams to set the table for Nevarez’s 28-yard field goal with five seconds left in the half.