FRISCO, Texas — In a season that has already been very historic for the Aledo High School, the Bearcats will try to keep their journey to a state championship intact when they face Richland’s Rebels for the 5A DII Region I title.
Aledo(13-0) comes into this one riding a 29-game winning streak after a very close game against Abilene Cooper in the regional semifinal. With a dual running back system of Jase McClellan and Tre Owens, the Bearcat offense will be hard to stop.
McClellan, who missed six games with a broken wrist suffered in Week 1, wasted no time becoming the team’s leading rusher. In just 7 games, McClellan has rushed for 1,048 yards and 18 touchdowns. While Tre Owens, who took over for McClellan during the injury and has split time since his return, has rushed for exactly 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns throughout the season.
Led by dual-threat quarterback Jake Bishop, the Aledo offense could dominate through the air or on the ground. However, one question for the Bearcats will be the defensive backfield. In week 11 against Saginaw Boswell, Oklahoma commit Jeffery Carter went down with a knee injury and hasn’t seen the field since. But Coach Steve Wood is confident he will make a return. It will be interesting to see if he returns during this game.
Richland (11-2) boasts a talented offense led by quarterback Drew Trent, who has thrown for more than 1,600 yards and 20 touchdowns. With wide receiver Rashee Rice, the Richland offense could definitely dominate the Aledo defense through the air with Jeffery Carter being doubtful.
Richland is also set on defense with All-American linebacker Dashaun White who returned an interception for a touchdown last week against El Paso Parkland. If Richland can get both sides of the ball rolling, they could cause havoc for a young Bearcat team.
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