Ryan Newsome returned two punts for scores and quarterback Luke Bishop tossed three TD passes, one to Newsome, as Aledo capped an undefeated regular season with a 66-10 victory against Fort Worth Trimble Tech on Saturday at Farrington Field.
Aledo (10-0, 7-0 District 7-4A), the top-ranked team in Class 4A by The Associated Press, will begin its playoff run as the top seed from 7-4A in the Class 4A Division II bracket. The Bearcats will play in the bi-district round against Burleson (6-4) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Saginaw Chisholm Trail.
Asked after the game if his team was ready for the playoffs, Aledo coach Tim Buchanan quickly answered, “Oh, heck no!”
“Conditioning wise, our starters have averaged, out of a 48-minute game, less than 24 minutes a game,” said Buchanan, whose starters took the second half off against the Bulldogs. “We’re not game-ready, and if we get a game early here in the playoffs that we need our starters to play four quarters, then it’s going to be a struggle.”
Newsome opened the scoring, hauling in a punt at the Trimble Tech 44 and weaving his way, untouched, into the end zone.
Aledo linebacker Jordan Mittie recovered a Trimble Tech fumble on the first play of the Bulldogs’ next series. Seven plays later Bishop found Newsome for an 8-yard scoring pass to give Aledo a 14-0 lead with 6:31 left in the first quarter.
Newsome’s second punt return for a TD came from 47 yards out and gave Aledo a 28-0 lead with 7:00 left in the half.
The Bearcats scored twice in a 17-second span to end the half, both on TD passes from Bishop, who finished with 184 yards passing.
The junior connected with Quanel Williams from 25 yards out, which was promptly followed by an interception by Bearcats safety Brett Rosson. Bishop then found Toby Gray for a 32-yard score to give Aledo a 49-0 lead at the half.
The Aledo defense held Trimble Tech (2-8, 1-6) to 54 yards of offense and two first downs in the first half.
Trimble Tech was led by running back Daylon Tarkington’s 68 yards on 21 carries and quarterback Austin Davis, who had 46 yards rushing and 79 passing. Davis scored the Bulldogs’ only touchdown on a 7-yard run with 2:24 left in the third quarter.
Edgar Jimenez added a 32-yard field goal for Tech.
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