— By GREG WEBB
With Aledo’s fifth championship trophy securely and proudly exhibited in an increasingly crowded trophy case, and championship rings soon to be distributed, recognition for the Bearcats goes on. All-District, All-Region, All-Parker County and All-State awards have also been assigned for players and coaches alike, but there are impending honors soon to be made official.
Aledo head football coach Tim Buchanan has been selected by the Dallas Chapter of the National Football Foundation (NFF) Gridiron Club as Texas’ Class 4A Coach of the Year. Coach Buck will be presented the award at the club’s sixth-annual scholar-athlete banquet, to be held at the Marriott Quorum in Addison on Apr. 14.
Buchanan has successfully turned Aledo into a football powerhouse. The Bearcats claimed their fifth state title under Buchanan in 2013, winning the Class 4A Division II state title and raising his record to 227-53-3 in 21 seasons at Aledo.
His undefeated 2013 Bearcats broke the national scoring record, becoming the first team ever to surpass 1,000 points in a season. Named District Coach of the year eight times and the Fort Worth Star Telegram Coach of the Year three times, Buchanan has also led Aledo to state titles in 1998 (3A Division I), 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Several other 2014 major awards will be presented at the banquet.
Aledo quarterbacks coach Blake Christenson will also be honored next month, as the Henderson State University Alum has been named the 2014 recipient of the Sporty Award, a prestigious honor so-named for former Reddies head coach Sporty Carpenter. The award is presented to HSU Alumni who have pursued football coaching careers and exemplified excellence on and off the field.
The presentation will be made at halftime of 13th-Annual Sporty Bowl, which is Henderson State’s spring football game, on Apr. 5.. HSU is located in Arkadelphia, Ark.