After going toe-to-toe in a 60-57 loss to Class 6A’s Denton Guyer in week one, the Aledo Bearcats (1-1) were back to business as usual in a 63-0 shutout of Mexico’s UVM Linces Toulca Lynx Dragons Friday night at home.
Aledo senior quarterback Jake Bishop proved dangerous in the pocket, completing 14-of-17 passes for 274 yards and four scores.
Bishop also did well spreading the ball around, hitting three different receivers for scores (senior wideout Monterren Parks, two TDs; junior wideout Jaedon Pellegrino, one TD; junior wideout JoJo Earle, one TD).
Aledo Head Coach Tim Buchanan said Bishop and the Bearcats’ offense did well taking what UVM’s defense gave it.
“Jake does a good job of finding open receivers,” Buchanan said.
“We hit [the Dragons] deep with a couple passes and then they started trying to stop that, so we had to start coming back underneath to Pellegrino and some of the running backs and also Micco Little. So Jake was very efficient. Coach [Robby] Jones did a great job of calling plays to get the ball moved around.”
Parks led Aledo’s receiving corps with 105 yards on four receptions while senior tailback Matthew Tague led the orange and black’s ground game with 86 rushing yards and four scores on 15 carries.
The Bearcats’ defense also enjoyed a dominant performance, holding the Dragons to 56 yards of offense in the first half while tallying 12 tackles for a loss, a pair of interceptions (senior safety Nathen Fingar and sophomore safety Bryan Allen Jr.) and a fumble recovery by sophomore defensive end Jason Llewellyn.
Buchanan said Friday’s game provided his team’s defense, with a number of first-year varsity players in the mix, great experience.
“We got better,” Buchanan said.
“Our safeties, D-line and linebackers played with more confidence. It was good to get Weston Reese back as a starter at the middle linebacker position. And some of these inexperienced guys that we’ve got playing on defense that were not starters on the varsity last year are getting better with every game and practice.”
Aledo opens District 5-5A, D-II play at home against the Burleson Centennial Spartans at 7:30 p.m. Friday.