Aledo receiver Taco Anderson smiled with every word he said.
He had plenty of reason to smile Saturday, sitting next to coach Tim Buchanan in a postgame presser, his pads still fastened, eye black smeared from his forehead to his chin.
• Set the national high school scoring record
• Surpassed the 1,000-point mark for the season (1,023)
• Closest game was a 29-6 win over Ennis in the state semifinals
• Kicker Chance Nevarez broke the 45-year-old state record for consecutive extra points made
• The defense never allowed more than 14 points in a game
Anderson, a senior, went out a state champion, catching two touchdown passes in Aledos 38-10 win over Brenham in the Class 4A Division II championship game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
For the Bearcats, the win was the finishing touch to a record-setting season that saw the Bearcats break the national scoring mark, surpass 1,000 points on the year and go undefeated.
And for Anderson and his fellow seniors, it was the chance to take ownership of their own legacy in a program thats won four state titles in five seasons.
Players on 2009-11 title teams were just heroes to us, Anderson said. It means everything to us now that were basically them, that were part of a prolific team like that.
Aledos season featured a 91-0 win. It opened with a 44-3 win over state semifinalist Highland Park. And the closest it came to ending was a 29-6 win over Ennis two weeks ago.
It started, of course, in the off-season with a leave-your-legacy message from the coaches to the seniors, many of whom played on the 2011 title team.
Youre going to be remembered for what happens your senior year, Buchanan said. Twenty-five, 30 years from now when you come back for your class reunion, did you win a state championship? Or were you just a junior on that state championship team?
Jordan Mittie, the son of TCU womens basketball coach Jeff Mittie, earned defensive MVP honors against Brenham. He played on the 2011 title team, which was powered by the nations top recruit, Johnathan Gray. But Saturdays win was redeeming, Mittie said.
I think it leaves a huge legacy, because this is the first team since the 3-peat to win it without Johnathan Gray, so we had to get that off our back first, and it feels good, he said.
But how does this years team compare with previous Aledo teams? And, wheres its place in state and national lore?
The debate will likely linger; the 2013 Bearcats are, after all, the most prolific high school team ever.
But the only comparisons being made Saturday were to Aledos last three title teams, in particular the 2010 team that also went undefeated.
But Im going to say the thing that makes this team probably better is the kicking game, Buchanan said. Those two kickers we have and the coverage we have if it wasnt a touchback, we typically tackled them inside 20-yard-line.
The players just like being in the same conversation as the 2009-11 teams. Senior Tyson Mauser called it surreal.
And while their loyalties lie with all teams in Aledos history, senior Jonny Carter said this years version of Bearcats couldve held their own against any of those squads.
I dont know about [2013 team being better than previous three title teams], because I have played with the teams the years before that have won state, Carter said. But I would say we would give them a run for their money for sure.
Ryan Osborne, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @RyanOsborneFWST
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