A win for the Roos, at home, could do wonders to erase a sour start and ratchet up confidence going forward.
Aledo vs. Stephenville
Time: 7:30 p.m., Friday
Site: Bearcat Stadium
Type: Home opener, non-district
Last year: Stephenville 41, Aledo 28
Last season: 13-1 overall, 4-0 in District 7-3A,
Class 3A, Div.I Champion
Last week: Beat Prepa Tec (Monterrey), 17-16
Players to watch: QB Jarrett Stidham (6-4, 190, 4.6); FS Mookie Carlile (6-2, 195, 4,6); DE Jonah Noah (6-2, 225, 4.8); TE Brock Morrison (6-1, 200, 4.8).
Aledo Bearcats (1-0)
Last season: 10-2 overall, 7-0 in District 7-4A ,
Class 4A, DI area finalist.
Last week: Beat Highland Park, 44-3
Players to watch: LB Jordan Mittie (6-2, 210, 4.8), OT Cory Stitle (6-2, 265, 5.0), QB Luke Bishop (5-10, 170, 4.7), ATH Ryan Newsome (5-8, 168, 4.5), FB Daythan Davis (6-2. 218, 4.7)
Game notes: If Aledo earned some early respect in last year’s win over the Scots in the Tom Landry Classic, the Bearcats may have dropped some jaws in this year’s performance, completely dominating a Highland Park program that, like Aledo, re-arms perennially.
But as usual in its non-district schedule, Aledo’s celebration time is limited, with Stephenville looming in Week 1 (football-speak for the second week of the season). Quickly becoming one of the state’s most revered rivalries, the Yellowjackets bring a little extra attitude with a 2012 Class 3A state title trophy adorning its halls.
For whatever reason, the ‘Jackets again had trouble with Prepa Tec, the travelling gridders from Monterrey, last week. The Borregos beat Stephenville last year, while Aledo trounced Tec. Then Stephenville beats Aledo ... go figure. But that’s why the rivalry is so delicious.
By its own standards, Stephenville did not put up particularly impressive numbers in its win last week. Starting QB Jarrett Stidham passed for 160 yards with a TD and a pick, working five different receivers into the mix. Tec held the ‘Jackets run game to under 150 yards, but Stephenville’s saving grace was their defense.