The record book was under assault Friday night at Farrington Field as Class 4A’s top-ranked team, the Aledo Bearcats, rolled to an 84-7 win over Fort Worth Arlington Heights in the District 7-4A opener for both teams.
Only the final buzzer was able to stop Aledo (4-0, 1-0 District 7-4A), which scored on all 12 possessions. The point total matched a school record for most points scored against a Fort Worth ISD school (an 84-0 win over Carter-Riverside in 1997) and was just 10 points shy of a 94-0 win over Millsaps in 1974.
The happiest guy on the field Friday had to be senior place-kicker Chance Nevarez, who converted extra points on all 12 Aledo scores to run his personal record of successful conversions to 107, seven away from the state record.
Aledo got contributions from just about every player on the roster. The defense allowed just nine first downs, most of them late. Eighteen different Bearcats touched the ball as Aledo ran up 636 total yards, including 431 on the ground. Seven different players found the end zone.
Running back Jess Anders picked up five of those scoring plays, all in the first half as Aledo built a 49-0 lead at intermission. Even after the starters sat following a 32-yard interception return by Jonny Carter made the score 63-0 three minutes into the third quarter, three backup players added touchdowns of their own.
Stopping the Bearcats was only part of the problem for the Yellowjackets (0-4, 0-1). Arlington Heights set up Aledo for two scores after fumbles on its own end of the field, then another after a shanked punt.
Anders led 12 Aledo ball carriers with 107 yards while quarterback Luke Bishop connected on 15 of 19 passes for 203 yards.
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