Southwest ready to prove doubters wrong against Aledo

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Lanny Trammell just wants a trip to the postseason.

But the Fort Worth Southwest coach also knows a matchup with powerhouse Aledo presents a chance for his players to prove themselves on a big stage.

“From my standpoint, my deal is making the playoffs,” Trammell said before the Raiders’ Tuesday practice. “Now these kids, it’s going to be a big deal for them. They’re ready to go. They’re wanting to see where they stack up.”

The Raiders and Bearcats play Friday night at Clark Stadium in Fort Worth.

Southwest (5-2, 3-1 District 7-4A) is coming off a 49-40 loss at Granbury, while Aledo (7-0, 4-0) made national headlines with a 91-0 victory over Fort Worth Western Hills, which resulted in coach Tim Buchanan having a formal bullying report filed against him.

The Raiders, who had to be cut off from Aledo game tape early in the season after Trammell felt they were looking ahead too much, can now turn their attention toward the Bearcats.

“We’re real anxious to get back on the field,” quarterback Devin Williams said. “Everybody is focused, healed up and ready. We want to prove these people wrong.”

Trammell said his team has remained focused on Friday, despite the news surrounding Aledo’s big win last week.

“I really don’t think they pay much attention to [the bullying claim],” Trammell said. “They haven’t mentioned it. We haven’t made a reference to it as a team. Our mindset the whole time from the get-go is that we need do our job.”

Williams said he and his teammates are ready for the fast pace likely to be required to keep up with an Aledo team averaging 69.3 points a game.

“We are keeping a real up-tempo offense in practice so the defense knows [what to expect] but this is nothing new to them,” Williams said. “On the offense, we have to execute and score and play smart, which we will.”

Free safety Cameron White said Southwest must tackle well and adjust to Aledo’s powerful offensive line. The Bearcats have rushed for 2,501 yards this season.

Friday’s game will be a chance for Southwest to change the perception that a Fort Worth school can’t compete with elite programs such as Aledo, White said.

“[Friday’s game] is very important,” White said. “A lot of people don’t respect us since we’re a Fort Worth team and think we can’t compete outside the [820] loop.”

Aledo has outscored Fort Worth ISD schools 336-31 in four games this season. Williams said he doesn’t want Friday’s game grouped in with Aledo’s previous blowouts.

“I don’t want to sound cocky but we’re not one of those Fort Worth teams [that have lost to Aledo this season],” Williams said. “We play state teams every year and beat them in our nondistrict games, and we’re just trying to get our respect.”

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