WAXAHACHIE — While the icy weather proved to be a distraction — it was responsible for moving the Class 4A Division II quarterfinal game from Friday, to Thursday, back to Friday, to Saturday and finally to Monday — the Aledo Bearcats weren’t fazed by it at all.
They built a big lead at the half before cruising to a 69-14 victory against Wichita Falls at Lumpkins Stadium.
Aledo (14-0), ranked No. 1 in the state in the final Associated Press 4A poll, advances to the state semifinal round and will face Ennis (14-0) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Midlothian ISD Stadium.
The Bearcats were all business, scoring on each of their six first-half possessions in addition to a blocked punt by Tyson Mauser that was recovered in the end zone for a score by R.C. Anderson to build a 49-7 lead at the half.
Running back Jess Anders led the way with three first-half scoring runs — two from 1 yard out and another for 19 yards. Anders finished with 117 yards rushing on 13 carries.
Daythan Davis opened the scoring with a 3-yard touchdown run with 6:35 left in the first quarter. The touchdown gave Aledo 894 points for the season, eclipsing the state mark of 891 points by Refugio in 2011.
Anders’ first 1-yard TD run, with 3:17 left in the first quarter, gave the Bearcats the national scoring record for a season, previously set by Albemarle, N.C., with 903 points in 2001. Aledo now has 956 points for the season.
The Aledo defense was as sharp as the offense in the first half, allowing Wichita Falls (8-6) only 110 yards of offense, 74 on a touchdown pass from Eric Butler to Mikal Penn after an Aledo defender covering Penn slipped and fell.
An interception by Aledo defensive back Johnathan Durham was returned 40 yards for a score, but an inadvertent whistle killed the play at the Wichita Falls 33. Four plays later, Jordan Mittie carried it in from a yard out for a 42-7 lead with 5:54 left in the half.
The Aledo starters played one series in the second half, and the teams agreed to a running clock after halftime.
Isaiah Mallory capped the scoring for Aledo with a 97-yard TD run with 4:41 left in the game.
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