ALEDO — On a cool breezy night at Bearcat Stadium, the Aledo Bearcats prepared to take on the Justin Northwest Texans. Right from the start, Aledo dominated both sides of the ball and got a huge day from sophomore running back Jase McClellan en route to a 48-0 victory.
After forcing a Northwest punt on their opening drive, Aledo rode the running combo of Tre Owens and Jase McClellan. After Owens took a punt all the way to the Texans nine-yard line, McClellan ran it in from six yards out two plays later to make it 7-0 Aledo. A bad snap on a Texan punt would set the Bearcats in short field position again and McClellan scored yet again from seven yards out to make it 14-0.
The Texans looked to turn things around in the second quarter after they drove the ball down inside the Aledo 30-yard line. But after Christian Mangrum’s missed field goal, Aledo wasted no time getting back in business as Jake Bishop hit Hunter Rosson deep down field for the 57-yard touchdown to put Aledo up 21-0. McClellan would add a third touchdown run near the break to make it 28-0 Bearcats and the rout was on.
Bishop hit Devan Daugherty for a 49 yard touchdown pass to make it 35-0 early in the third and Aledo would continue to pour it on. A Jeffery Carter interception of Prince Mavula led to yet another McClellan touchdown. Northwest caught a break on their next drive as Tre Owens muffed the punt at the 35 yard line to give the Texans another chance.
But Northwest quarterback Prince Mavula threw and an interception to Jeffery Carter to give Aledo the ball. The Bearcats drove all the way to the 14-yard line before Jase McClellan ran it in to make it 42-0. He would add an exclamation point with a 94-yard touchdown run to make it 48-0 and to put away the Texans.
“It felt great getting the carries I wanted,” McClellan said after returning from injury. “It felt good to get back on the field with my team to support them and get out there and run hard.”
Quarterback Jake Bishop finished with 198 yards passing on ten completions and a touchdown. “Coaches tell us that our offense has been improving,” Bishop said when asked about the team performance. “These past two weeks we’ve gotten better and better each week.”
Aledo improves to 9-0 and will face Saginaw Boswell(9-0) next week for the district championship. While Justin Northwest drops to 5-4 and will face Azle (4-5) next week to fight for their playoff lives.
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