WACO — Luke Bishop threw for three touchdowns, including a 34-yarder to Jess Anders with 1:03 left, to push Class 5A No. 1 Aledo past No. 2 Cedar Park 21-17 on Friday night at Baylor’s McLane Stadium.The victory protected Aledo’s 17-game winning streak, which includes last year’s 16-0 run to the Class 4A Division II title. Bishop was able to connect with receiver Ryan Newsome for two scores, and swung a pass out to a wide open Anders for the game-winning score. “They moved the linebacker in,” Anders said. “I knew it was going to be wide open on the left side, so I just booked it as hard as I could.”Cedar Park was able to drive to the Aledo 28 on the next possession, but Jake Pokorney’s final pass was batted down by a swarm of Bearcats in the end zone.“We’ve got to get better,” said Steve Wood, who made his Aledo coaching debut. “I’m going to enjoy it. I’m not going to pout around. But we’ve got to get better.”Cedar Park jumped to a 10-0 lead after a field goal from Yobani Orduno and a 65-yard pass from Pokorney to Joey Carter. After an Aledo three-and-out, the Timberwolves drove 53 yards to the Bearcats’ 2. But Aledo held its ground, stuffing Carter at the line, then stopping him for a 7-yard loss. On Cedar Park’s next possession, Aledo forced a field goal from the 5-yard-line Orduno hooked it left. “If it wasn’t for [the defense], we wouldn’t have even been in the game,” Bishop said. Newsome’s 28-yard touchdown catch with 2:52 left in the first half cut Cedar Park’s lead to 10-7. Carter scored on a 66-yard run to put Cedar Park back ahead by 10. But again, Bishop and Newsome responded with a 34-yard connection.Newsome had seven catches for 147 yards, including a 29-yard grab that sent Aledo from its own 36 to the Cedar Park 35 on the game-winning drive. Bishop rushed for 71 yards and completed 12-of-25 passes for 212 yards.
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