High School Football

Aledo runs away from Burleson behind McClellan’s 5 touchdowns

Jase McClellan scored five touchdowns and the Aledo Bearcats stretched their state-record district winning streak to 79 games Friday with a 46-6 home victory against the Burleson Elks.

The Bearcats (6-0, 4-0 District 5-5A Division II) last lost a district game in 2007, when they fell 35-28 at Everman.

Friday was also their 35th consecutive regular-season victory. Their last regular-season loss was 31-13 to Cedar Park in the opening game of the 2015 season.

McClellan finished with 218 yards rushing, leading a Bearcats ground game that amassed 366 yards. In all, Aledo finished with 515 yards of offense.

Along with McClellan’s five TD runs, the Bearcats got a 42-yard scoring run from Tre Owens and a 10-yard touchdown run from Hampton Fay.

Burleson’s scoring came on a pair of field goals of 23 and 28 yards by Edgar Zaragoza.

In a yeoman effort, running back Jarrett Austin picked up 59 yards rushing on nine carries for the Elks (5-2, 3-2), who lost for a second straight week.

Aledo scored on all seven possessions. It’s the second consecutive game in which the Bearcats haven’t punted.

Game was over when: The Aledo defense forced the Elks to settle for a field goal following a drive of more than five minutes in the second quarter. It left the score 20-3 in favor of the Bearcats, who then went 73 yards, capped by Owens’ 42-yard TD run.

Play of the game: On the second play of the second half, McClellan broke free and scored on a 69-yard run, his fourth touchdown of the night. It increased the Aledo lead to 34-3.

Offensive player of the game: McClellan finished with 218 yards on 20 carries. He had touchdowns of 2, 10, 14, 69 and 3 yards.

Defensive player of the game: The Aledo red zone defense. While the Bearcats bent at times, they were stout inside their own 20. They forced a field field following an Elks drive of five minutes that reached the 6, created a turnover on downs after Burleson reached the 1 on a drive that took 6:30 off the clock, and forced another field goal after the Elks made it to the 11 on a drive of 5:26.

Unsung hero of the game: Aledo quarterback Jake Bishop completed 11 of 16 passes for 142 yards. He also rushed three times for 28 yards, all on a late first-half drive that resulted in a touchdown.

What’s next: Burleson hosts Everman, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 19. Aledo travels to Cleburne, 7:30 p.m., Oct 19.

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