Entering the game, Aledo coach Tim Buchanan was concerned about having his team prepared for the Fort Worth Western Hills wing-T offense.
But the Bearcats were proactive, jumping out to a 21-0 lead in the first seven minutes and never looking back Thursday night in a 56-0 rout of the Cougars at Farrington Field.
Aledo (6-1, 4-0 District 7-4A) scored three touchdowns in its first nine plays, including a 60-yard pass from Pate Davis to Taco Anderson on the first snap of the game, delivering an early knockout blow to the Cougars.
One of the few highlights for Western Hills (2-5, 1-3) was the running of Aaron Stevenson, who came into the game as the leading rusher in District 7-4A and added 110 yards to his season total on 22 carries.
He has 1,229 yards on the year.
But Stevenson wasn't nearly enough as the Bearcats moved almost at will against the Cougars' defense.
The first two drives for Aledo, ranked No. 4 in The Associated Press Class 4A state poll, culminated with touchdown passes of 60 and 51 yards to Anderson. The Bearcats scored on all six first-half drives, adding four rushing touchdowns, three of them from Jess Anders, who posted 208 yards on just 11 carries.
The Cougars threatened in the second quarter when they put together a 13-play, 67-yard drive that reached the Bearcats' 8-yard line, but Aledo's Jonny Carter intercepted a pass in the end zone.
It was Carter's second interception of the half -- the first he returned 74 yards to set up Anders' 13-yard scoring run.
Sophomore quarterback Luke Bishop spelled Bearcats starter Davis and completed 9 of 11 passes for 88 yards, including a 15-yard scoring pass to Quanel Williams in the third quarter.
Aledo never punted in the contest, but did turn it over twice.
The Cougars found some success on third downs, converting 6 of 15 in the game. Aledo allowed just 188 total yards to Western Hills, and the Bearcats have surrendered just 11 points in four District 7-4A games this season.
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