ALLEN — Aledo pushed Highland Park up and down the field Saturday night en route to a 44-3 rout in the Tom Landry Classic at Eagle Stadium.The result marked the second year in a row the Bearcats have walloped the Scots in the opener as Aledo won 32-12 in 2012. It wasnt as clean as I wanted it, but overall I was really pleased with the way we ran the football and threw the ball later, Aledo coach Tim Buchanan said. Weve got a lot of work to do, but if you score 44 points against Highland Park youve got to feel good.Daythan Davis, a 225-pound running back, earned offensive MVP honors after rushing for 111 yards and three touchdowns. Ryan Newsome added 74 yards and a score on the ground, threw for 34 yards and caught one pass for 14 yards.Quarterback Luke Bishop threw for 153 yards, ran for another 25 yards and most importantly didnt turn the ball over in his first varsity start. Receiver Taco Anderson was seemingly open all night as the senior hauled in eight passes for 89 yards.Yet, the play of the game was turned in by John Whatley. The senior tight end made a one-handed, over-the-head stab for 22 yards to convert a fourth down when the game was still in doubt.We moved the ball really well tonight. The line was just phenomenal, they were moving everybody getting who they needed to get and I was really able to get behind them, Davis said. The passing game actually really helped. John Whatley made an amazing one-handed catch, Taco Anderson on the side; they really opened things up the middle for me, and I couldnt have done anything I did tonight without them.As good as the offense looked, Aledos defense may have performed better. The Bearcats picked off two passes, held the Scots to just 38 yards on the ground and just 177 yards total. The line dominated from the outset, led by defensive MVP Zach Hyles, who finished with a sack and three tackles for loss.The coaches preached all week that the reason we won last year was because we dominated up front, so that was our main objective, Hyles said. They had a lot of size on us so we just worked a lot on getting around them, speed rushing them.
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