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Aledo in unfamiliar position -- coming off a loss

8/31/2011

Friday’s game at Weatherford is uncharted territory for some members of the Aledo football team.

For the first time since early in the 2009 season, the Bearcats enter a game coming off a loss.

In Friday’s opener, Stephenville ended Aledo’s state-best 29-game winning streak, 48-47, stopping heralded running back Johnathan Gray on a 2-point conversion in the final two minutes and following it with blocks of two field goals in the final seconds. A penalty allowed Aledo a second field goal opportunity.

“We couldn’t get any movement on the 2-point play and they stuffed us,’’ Aledo coach Tim Buchanan said afterward. “They were more physical than we were. They had a better scheme than we did. They out-physicaled us and out-coached us and deserved to win. That’s the bottom line.’’

Aledo, which dropped from No. 1 to No. 3 in the ESPNDallas.com Class 4A Top 10, faces Class 5A neighborhood rival Weatherford (1-0), the last team to defeat Aledo before the 29-game winning streak started in 2009.

The Kangaroos scored a 14-6 win that season in Aledo’s last visit to Weatherford.

The Bearcats responded from that defeat by putting up 66 points the following week in a 53-point rout of Fort Worth Brewer.

On opening night, Weatherford matched last season’s win total with a 28-20 victory over Haltom. The Kangaroos have won only five times since the victory over Aledo in 2009.

“We’ve got another physical game ahead of us,’’ Buchanan said. “If we play the way we did against Stephenville, they’ll score points on us and it will be another barn burner.’’