High School Football

Undefeated Aledo advances past bi-district round for 23rd straight season

The old saying is death and taxes are the only two sure things in life.

Add to that Aledo advancing past the bidistrict round of the football playoffs.

The Bearcats did so once again Thursday night with a 48-13 victory against the Seagoville Dragons at Bearcat Stadium. It’s the 23rd consecutive season in which Aledo (11-0) has reached at least the second round of the postseason.

The Dragons (5-6), meanwhile, have not won a playoff game since 1995, though this was their sixth straight year to reach bidistrict.

The Bearcats ran their record to 141-9 since the 2009 season. In that span they have six state championships, along with a state runner-up finish last season.

Aledo scored on its first five possessions and seven of its first eight to take a 48-0 lead early in the second half. The reserves took over in the second half after the Bearcats were up 41-0 at the break.

On 19 of their first 27 plays the Bearcats gained at least 10 yards.

The Bearcats amassed 510 yards of offense, including 298 through the air - 233 from starting quarterback Jake Bishop, who also threw touchdowns to increase his season’s touchdown-to-interception ratio to 18-1. They rushed for 212, with 136 coming on 11 carries from Jase McClellan, who also scored twice to increase his season touchdown total to 32.

Game was over when: On its second possession of the game, Aledo went 87 yards in six plays, picking up a first down on every play. The drive was capped by a 16-yard touchdown pass from Jake Bishop to Fay Hampton, the first of three scoring connections between the two.

Play of the game: Hampton caught a 69-yard touchdown pass from Bishop, the only play of the drive, with 4:26 left in the first half.

Offensive player of the game: Bishop finished the game 11-of-12 passing for 233 yards, all in the first half. He completed 11 straight after opening with an incompletion. He also rushed for an 11-yard touchdown.

Defensive player of the game: The Aledo late-down defense held Seagoville to 4-for-16 on third down and 2-for-5 on fourth down.

Unsung hero of the game: Hampton finished the game with five catches for 137 yards. Along with his three touchdown catches, he came on to quarterback in the second half and was 2-for-3 passing for 65 yards.

What’s next: Aledo will play Kaufman or Lovejoy in the second round, tentatively set for 1 p.m. on Nov. 23 at Pennington Field.

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