Aledo methodically dismantled Abilene Cooper on Friday night in continuing its defense of the Class 5A Division I state title.
And defend it the Bearcats did in dominating fashion with a 33-0 victory.
In three postseason victories, Aledo has outscored opponents 161-3.
On Friday, the veteran defense that returned seven players off last year’s state-championship team collected five turnovers, with four of them leading to 26 points as the Bearcats (12-1) advanced to the Region I final next Saturday against either Burleson Centennial or Canyon Randall at AT&T Stadium.
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Matthew McCartney and Logan Childs each returned interceptions, 15 and 25 yards, for touchdowns, and Patrick Peek had another in the first half that led to Donnie Evans’ 3-yard touchdown run.
Defensive tackle James Williams recovered a fumble in the first quarter that started a seven-play 34-yard drive, ending in quarterback Dillon Davis’ 3-yard TD run.
Cooper (7-6) played without its best offensive player, Devon Johnson, but it’s hard to imagine the outcome any differently.
Aledo held the Cougars to 114 total yards. After gaining 34 yards on its first possession, including 30 on a second-down run by Tyrees Whitfield, Cooper could only manage 23 yards the rest of the first half.
The Cougars didn’t register its third first down until the 3:30 mark of the third quarter.
Neither offense was helped by the pouring rain that has saturated this portion of Parker County.
Running back Caleb Primera led Aledo’s 248-yard rushing attack with 142 yards on 21 carries. Evans added 61, including a 41-yard TD run in the third quarter.