Aledo Bearcats (9-1) vs. Fort Worth Trimble Tech Bulldogs (5-5) Preview
▪ What: Class 5A Division I Bi-district
▪ When:7 p.m. Thursday, Chisholm Trail Stadium
▪ How they got here: Aledo won District 8-5A. Trimble Tech finished fourth in District 7-5A.
▪ Outlook: The Bearcats are in the postseason for a 20th consecutive season and are seeking their seventh state championship, including a third in a row and a sixth in seven seasons. And, as usual, they are playing their best football at the right time. After scoring just 23 points in their first two games, the Bearcats are averaging more than 60 in their past eight, including topping 70 four times and hitting 68 another (they missed a pair of extra points). This is the ninth time in 10 seasons Aledo has scored at least 400 points in a season (they scored 395 in 2012).
Aledo RB Primera (1,022 yards, 22 touchdowns) is third in the Fort Worth area in Class 5A in scoring with 132 points, but the Bearcats have so many offensive weapons (and defensive), including quarterback Dillon Davis 1,499 yards, 13 TD, 2 int. passing, 373 yards, 5 TD rushing), RB Donnie Evans (877 yards, 13 TD), and wide receivers Hunter Rosson (28 catches, 421 yards, 4 TD) and Ryan Mullins (11-269, 4 TD). While the Bearcats have won 61 straight district games, the Bulldogs needed a come-from-behind 38-30 victory against Fort Worth Southwest last Friday to secure their playoff entry.
Though Bulldogs quarterback David Perez has been inconsistent for most of the season (909 yards, 4 TD, 11 int.), he was nearly perfect (25-for-27, 175 yards, 2 TD, 0 int.) against Southwest. Tech RB Tyler Smith (961 yards, 12 TD) looks to top 1,000 yards. The Bearcats (439 total, 277 rush, 162 pass) average 200 yards more per game than do the Bulldogs (239 total, 125 rush, 114 pass). The Bulldogs are in the playoffs for a second straight year, but they need a tremendous upset to guarantee their first non-losing season since 2009. Aledo has won all three meetings between the two by an aggregate score of 193-16, including 69-0 in last season's bi-district meeting. - Richard Allen