When Aledo coach Tim Buchanan told his team Monday morning that a bullying report had been filed against him after their 91-0 win over Fort Worth Western Hills, quarterback Luke Bishop and his teammates thought it was a joke.
“We kind of all laughed,” Bishop said. “But Coach kind of got serious and said, ‘No, it’s not a joke. It’s actually for real.’ And then it just blew up and we didn’t know what to do.”
The Bearcats seemed to know what to do Friday night, beating Fort Worth Southwest 59-13 at Clark Stadium.
Aledo (8-0 overall, 5-0 District 7-4A) totaled 557 yards in a rout of the Raiders (5-3, 3-2).
The Bearcats’ win capped a week where the bullying report story made national headlines. Fox News Channel, CBS, NBC and Sports Illustrated were just a few of the national outlets to pick up the story. Buchanan even made an appearance on ESPN’s SportsCenter on Tuesday night.
“I told them on Monday when it all started: It’s not y’all, it’s us,” he said. “They want to talk to me. I took it away from the kids and put it back on me and the coaches, and that’s the only thing we could do.”
Buchanan’s team responded by jumping out to a 14-0 lead less than six minutes into the game. After giving up a touchdown, the Bearcats outscored Southwest 28-0 in the second quarter to lead 42-6 at the half.
“I thought that was one of the best football teams I’ve played against and coached against in a long time,” Southwest coach Lanny Trammell said. “I coached against the  Waxahachie state championship team that went 15-0, and [Aledo] is as good as those guys were.”
Bishop said Aledo deflected outside distractions during the week by keeping a strong focus on Friday.
Bishop finished 15-of-20 passing for 311 yards and four touchdowns. He led Aledo with 93 yards rushing and two scores on the ground. Jess Anders had 90 yards rushing on 12 carries and four catches for 133 yards. He had three total touchdowns.
“We tried to focus on the game,” Bishop said. “There was a lot of stuff going around [during the week], but at practice we just focused, worked hard and we kept our mind straight.”
Buchanan said the amount of media attention turned out to be positive in the end but that Aledo is fortunate it happened that way.
“That could’ve gone either way,” he said. “The real losers in this whole deal was Western Hills. They got a bunch of bad press and that wasn’t the intent of it.”
Taco Anderson caught two touchdown passes for Aledo.
Ryan Osborne, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @RyanOsborneFWST
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