Make no mistake; the Aledo Bearcats aren’t called “Titletown” for nothing. The Bearcats program has won five state titles since 2009. There is a new culture that seems to permeate west of Fort Worth—a winning culture.
People begin to take notice when you win. Naturally, that’s exactly the case with the Bearcats. Since 2009, the Bearcats have only lost an astonishing eight games. That’s over seven seasons of pure domination at the 5A level—something not easily accomplished.
But like I said, Aledo isn’t called “Titletown” for nothing. Here are the three reasons why Aledo will remain undefeated this season and add another state title to their dynasty.
1. Dillon Davis is the real deal.
The six-foot-two, 205-pound senior quarterback was lights-out last season before Aledo lost to Lake Ridge in the semifinals of the state playoffs. But this season seems to be different. Davis has helped his team find ways to win even when the defense has struggled. The Bearcats opened the season with a tough 41-36 win against Colleyville Heritage. Davis bested Heritage quarterback Cam Roane (4 TDs, 270-yards) as he threw for four touchdowns and passed for 330-yards in the Bearcats’ win. I don’t see the Davis train stopping anytime soon.
2. Who is going to beat them in District play?
By the looks of it, no one will. With Northwest (3-0) being the toughest game left on their schedule, I’m hard-pressed to find a potential loss in district play. It’s tough to stop that pistol-offense. And with only three teams in district six with a winning record, I don’t predict any world-shaking upsets. Only Northwest (3-0) and Chisholm Trail (2-1) can claim the other winning records in district six. The remaining teams: Boswell (1-2), Brewer (1-2), V.R. Eaton (1-2), Azle (0-3) and Saginaw (0-3) all have losing records. I expect the Bearcats to cruise through district.
3. Their offensive line is massive.
The brick wall that is Aledo’s offensive line is highlighted by two key pieces. First, is TCU commit Wes Harris. Harris, a six-foot-four, 285-pound offensive guard is a four-star recruit and ranked as the No. 24 prospect in the state of Texas. Arguably even better, is his fellow teammate and No. 15 recruit in Texas—Chuck Filiaga. Make no mistake; Filiaga has no shortage of division one offers (28). The six-foot-six, 335-pound offensive tackle has received offers from schools like Alabama, Oklahoma, Southern California and TCU. So it’s safe to say: this might be one of the best offensive lines in the entire state of Texas.