There’s a ton about the Aledo Bearcats that can be described as legendary. You can talk about the five state titles won in six years. You can talk about how they won those titles, routinely putting up massive scores with their devastating running game. You can talk about Jonathan Gray, who scored a whopping eight touchdowns in a state title game rout of La Marque in the 2010 title game.
In another three years, we might be speaking of Jase McClellan in that fashion.
Through five games, #9 has 387 yards and seven touchdowns in split-backfield role of sorts with junior Donald Evans and senior Michael Jordan. He has the most rushing yards of anyone in the backfield, and is arguably the most vital cog in the Bearcat’s historically dominant rushing attack.
In terms of recruiting, McClellan will be a hot commodity any day now. According to MaxPreps, he’s sitting at 5’10 and 185 pounds as a freshman, with plenty of room to grow. Jonathan Gray’s recruitment made headlines all over the state, and in two or three years McClellan’s will too as he continues to put up ridiculous numbers in the smashmouth Bearcat offense.
After a close season opener against Colleyville Heritage, Aledo has been bludgeoning everyone they play, only scoring below 60 once in their four most recent games.
Aledo could be on their way to another state title, but they’ll need to plow through district and a region that could include any combination of Lubbock Cooper, Grapevine, and Colleyville Heritage (who already took them down to the wire in their first game). Fortunately for the Bearcats, they have the perfect weapon to take on these teams in Jase McClellan and the rest of their monster of a backfield.