In Texas high school football, Aledo is a team that’s in the discussion every year, and for good reason — the Bearcats have won five UIL state football titles since 2009.
No surprise, then, that this season Aledo is 8-0 and 5-0 in District 6-5A.
Maybe even more impressive than all their hardware is the fact that Aledo is riding a 66-game winning streak in district games — not having lost a district game since 2007.
But could this be the week that someone beats Aledo or even comes close to it? The closest anyone has come during this streak was Saginaw, which lost 22-7 in 2008.
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Justin Northwest is also 8-0 and 5-0 in 6-5A, so Friday night’s meeting at Northwest ISD Stadium is for the district title.
The Texans are averaging 47 points a game, thanks largely to their trio of quarterback Prince Mavula (2,135 pass, 25 TDs), running back Syrus Moore (1,253 rush, 14 TDs) and receiver Gavin Holmes (1,125 yards, 13 TDs).
Northwest’s defense is no joke either, allowing only 15 points a game in the past three games.
But if you think those numbers are stellar, Aledo is averaging 62 points a game, and has scored at least 59 points in the past seven games. The defense has allowed 16 points a game, and only 45 total in five district games.
Prediction: Aledo extends its streak, 41-34.
Bowie vs. Mansfield
This time last year, Mansfield edged Cedar Hill 46-43 to win the school’s first outright district title in more than 40 years.
Fast forward to today, and the Tigers (6-2, 5-0 in 4-6A) can win their second consecutive district title with a victory against Arlington Bowie (7-1, 4-1) on Thursday at Newsom Stadium.
Bowie trailed 24-0 at halftime to Arlington Lamar last week, only to complete the team’s biggest comeback ever with a 26-24 victory.
A victory against the Tigers, coupled with an Arlington win over Arlington Martin, would create a three-way tie for first with one game remaining.
But how do you stop Kennedy Brooks, who has rushed for 200 or more yards in seven consecutive games, and 17 times in the past 22 games?
Prediction: Brooks and Mansfield do it again, 31-21.
Timberview vs. Lake Ridge
All of a sudden, here comes Mansfield Timberview into the 10-5A mix after the Wolves beat Waxahachie 37-20.
Throw in Mansfield Lake Ridge’s loss to Mansfield Legacy, and those three teams are tied for two spots behind Legacy and Lancaster.
Freshman running back Stacy Sneed ran for 113 yards and a touchdown for the Wolves, while Lake Ridge quarterback Jason Bean had 340 yards passing and three touchdowns.
Will it be the Lake Ridge offense (38 points per game) or Timberview’s defense (21.4 points per game)?
Prediction: Lake Ridge and its offense prevail, 34-27.
▪ Euless Trinity tries to get back on track after losing for the third time in four games. The Trojans are in a three-way tie for the final playoff spot with Trophy Club Nelson and this week’s opponent, Flower Mound. Nelson is at Flower Mound Marcus, so the Trojans could have sole possession of fourth with a win. But Flower Mound wins 38-28.
▪ Keller Central (4-4, 3-1 3-6A) faces Timber Creek (6-2, 3-1) for the second spot in district. Central forced six turnovers against Fossil Ridge last week. Timber Creek sophomore running back Blake Irving has rushed for 298 yards and five TDs in the past two games. Timber Creek wins 42-34.
▪ Colleyville Covenant (7-1, 3-0) takes on Arlington Grace Prep (6-2, 3-0) with the winner taking over first place in TAPPS District 2 Division III. Covenant has a plus-226 scoring margin and has 40 or more points in three consecutive weeks. Grace Prep has a plus-98 scoring margin, so advantage, Covenant, 48-30.