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Unbeaten Boswell seeks to end Aledo's win streak in district play

Randy Jennings Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Aledo 73-game district game win streak dates back to October 2007.

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Pardon Aledo Bearcats fans as they fight the urge to become spoiled by success. Six state championships in an eight-year span has a way of raising the expectation bar for the community on the western outskirts of Fort Worth.

In Friday night's regular season finale, Aledo goes on the road to face Boswell (Fort Worth) in a match-up of teams with 9-0 records. Both are 6-0 in District 6-5A going into the Week 11 headliner for Texas games to watch. Aledo enters with a 25-game winning streak as well as a state record of 73 consecutive district victories, a mark that spans 10 seasons.

A 52-23 victory over Eaton (Fort Worth) on Oct. 20 eclipsed the old record of 71 consecutive district victories by Westlake (Austin) from 1990-2002. Since then, Aledo has added two more to the ledger.
Trenton Kennedy, Cy-Fair
Photo by Tom Dendy
Here's a look at Week 11 games to watch in Texas:

Aledo 9-0 at Boswell (Fort Worth) 9-0, 7 p.m. FridayAledo 9-0 at Boswell (Fort Worth) 9-0, 7 p.m. Friday
Without injured running back Jase McClellan for six games, sophomore quarterback Jake Bishop has thrown for 1,595 and eight touchdowns. Senior middle linebacker Aaron Hale averages a team-high 7.2 tackles per game, helping Aledo limit opponents to eight points or less in seven games. Boswell sophomore Brayden Thomas has thrown for 2,161 yards and 28 touchdowns. Brandon Chatman Jr., is his favorite target with 59 catches for 776 yards and 11 touchdowns. Cornerback Breshun Berry is a turnover machine with six interceptions and two fumble recoveries.

Langham Creek (Houston) 8-0 at Cy-Fair (Cypress) 8-0, 1 p.m. SaturdayLangham Creek (Houston) 8-0 at Cy-Fair (Cypress) 8-0, 1 p.m. Saturday
Both teams are built on ball-control running games and stifling defensive play. Langham Creek is led by runners Chris Herron (962 yards, 17 touchdowns) and Chris Mehn (703 yards, six touchdowns). Junior D.J. Harris is the tackles leader, averaging 11 per game. Trenton Kennedy is the leading Cy-Fair rusher with 943 yards and 13 touchdowns. Cam Arnold has passed for 1,043 yards and 10 scores. Patrick Atkinson averages a team-high 7.3 tackles for a defense allowing less than 11 points a game. The showdown will decide the title in the 10-team District 17-6A.

Jacksboro 9-0 at Holliday 8-1, 7 p.m. FridayJacksboro 9-0 at Holliday 8-1, 7 p.m. Friday
Both teams enter the showdown with 4-0 records in District 5-3A DII. First-year Jacksboro coach Brannon Rodgers has installed a powerful running attack that amassed 461 yards utilizing a host of ball carriers in last week's 56-20 tune-up victory over City View (Wichita Falls). Ethan Fudge led with 76 yards and quarterback Payton Laake threw for a season-high 166 yards. For Holliday, senior running back Justin Jones has rushed for 1,314 and 24 touchdowns despite being held under 100 yards in its last two games. Tanner Bayard leads the defense in sacks (12) and tackles per game (11.2).

Tenaha 9-0 at Timpson 8-1, 7 p.m. FridayTenaha 9-0 at Timpson 8-1, 7 p.m. Friday
The District 11-2A DII title will be the reward for the teams with 4-0 league records. C.J. Horn has thrown for 1,844 yards and 26 touchdowns to lead Tenaha. Trai Gardner is his favorite target with 744 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. Tavoris Giles leads the visitors in tackles with 11.2 per game. Timpson is rolling in the second season under head coach Kerry Therwhanger with its first winning season since 2012. The Bears reached the playoffs a year ago, returning 17 starters from a 5-5 finish. Running back Jordan Osby, quarterback Jon Grogan and defensive lineman Nictaeo Scourton are key returnees.

Huntsville 7-1 at Magnolia West 8-0, 7:30 p.m. FridayHuntsville 7-1 at Magnolia West 8-0, 7:30 p.m. Friday
The hosts are 6-0 in District 20-5A, one game ahead of 5-1 Huntsville. Jaeryne Green rushed for 119 yards and Jadun McCarty returned an interception for a 44-yard touchdown in Huntsville's 26-14 victory over Brenham last week. The Hornets had not beaten Brenham since 2008. Senior running back Preston Deming is the top threat on the ground for Magnolia West, under the guidance of second-year head coach J.D. Berna. Junior John Matocha is a dual threat quarterback.

Shiner 7-1 at Refugio 7-1, 7:30 p.m. FridayShiner 7-1 at Refugio 7-1, 7:30 p.m. Friday
Both teams are 4-0 in District 15-2A DI. Shiner tuned up for the showdown with a 48-0 blanking of Ganado and has allowed only 14 points in district play. Running back Jacob Cowan led the offense with 84 rushing yards and two scores. Defending state champion Refugio was not able to play at its home stadium until Week 9 because of hurricane damage, but the team is rolling along as usual behind the passing of Jared Kelley.

San Marcos 8-1 at Bowie (Austin) 8-1, 7:30 p.m. ThursdaySan Marcos 8-1 at Bowie (Austin) 8-1, 7:30 p.m. Thursday
Both teams are 4-0 in District 14-6A. San Marcos senior Prudy Calderon has rushed for 1,317 yards, thrown for 1,160 and accounted for 34 touchdowns. Defensively, Gabriel Urrutia has seven sacks and Demarcus Hall has four interceptions. For Bowie, junior Kyle Carter has rushed for 884 yards and nine touchdowns, while sophomore Trinidad Sanders has thrown for 910 yards.

Permian (Odessa) 7-1 at Midland Lee (Midland) 8-1, 7:30 p.m. FridayPermian (Odessa) 7-1 at Midland Lee (Midland) 8-1, 7:30 p.m. Friday
Both are locked in a tie for second in District 2-6A with 4-1 records. Seems like old times with these rivals ending the regular season with a meaningful get-together. Reserve quarterback Steve Steen sparked Permian to a 35-9 victory over rival Odessa last week with 17 carries for 73 yards and a touchdown. Lee depends on the running of junior Josh Traylor (1,292 yards, 18 touchdowns) and the passing of senior Colby Standard (1,659 yards, 15 touchdowns).

Port Neches-Groves (Port Neches) 8-0 at Nederland 6-2, 7 p.m. FridayPort Neches-Groves (Port Neches) 8-0 at Nederland 6-2, 7 p.m. Friday
This annual grudge match is known as the "Bum Bowl'' because the late Texas coaching legend O.A. "Bum'' Phillips was a coach for a time at both schools. The two campuses are less than five miles apart. Port Neches-Groves is 7-0 in district play and has yet to be held under 40 points this season. Nederland is 5-2 in league play and last year saw a six-year run of dominance over its rival end in a 41-21 loss to Port Neches-Groves.

Richland (North Richland Hills) 8-1 at Colleyville Heritage 7-1, 7:30 p.m. FridayRichland (North Richland Hills) 8-1 at Colleyville Heritage 7-1, 7:30 p.m. Friday
The running of Rylee Johnson and the passing of Drew Trent have helped Richland average 47 points per game. Heritage has used a pair of senior quarterbacks, Jagger Laroe and Landry French. The duo has produced 30 touchdowns and 2,421 yards passing. Ke'von Ahmad has gone over 1,000 receiving yards for the season. Heritage is 6-0 in District 8-5A and Richland is 5-1.

Honorable mention matchups: Clear Lake (Houston) 7-2 at Clear Springs (League City) 7-2, 7 p.m. Friday for District 24-6A title; Andress (El Paso) 7-2 at Chapin (El Paso) 8-1, 8 p.m. Friday; Wylie (Abilene) 6-2 at Stephenville 7-2, 7:30 p.m. Friday for District 3-4A DI title; Eastland 7-2 at Cisco 7-2, 7:30 pm. Friday for the District 4-3A DII title; New Deal 9-0 at Sundown 8-1, 7:30 p.m. Friday; Clarendon 9-0 at Wellington 8-1, 7 p.m. Friday for the District 2-2A DII title; Fort Worth Christian (Fort Worth) 8-1 at Midland Christian (Midland) 7-2, 7:30 p.m. Friday for the TAPPS Division 2 District 1 title.

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