For SMU prospects Barry Browning and Aaron Bellazin, the hopes for a state title ended on Saturday afternoon. The Everman Bulldogs were limited to just two first downs and 21 total yards in the first half, to lose 34-22 against Aledo (13-1).
"We just waited to long. We scored 22 points in the 4th quarter, but it was to late," stated Bellazin to PonyStampede.com. "They didn't do anything special to us. They just caught us off guard with their passing game. It affected our secondary. As far as stopping the run, I think we had it down, but we could hold their passing game."
Everman came into the contest averaging over 42.6 points per game over their last three, but was stifled by a tough Aledo defense in the first half.
"Our offense has scored against great defenses all year, but we really couldn't get it going in the first half. It was just little mistakes that were hurting us," said Bellazin. "Don't get me wrong, they have a great defense. But, we have athletes in the backfield that usually break defenses. We just made mistakes, like blocking the wrong people and stuff like that."
Bellazin ends the season with 125 tackles and five and a half sacks in 15 games. Everman's players wait before the season is over to really get in depth when it comes to recruiting. With at least five offers, the 2010 SMU offeree will start visiting schools soon.
"I'm going to give my body a rest for a while. It needs it. I will probably start working out after Christmas. I have some recruiting stuff to do before that. I'm going to try to visits some schools soon, while I'm taking it easy," sad Bellazin. I'm probably going to visit SMU, UTEP, UNT, and I don't know if I will take any others. I will probably start visiting in two weeks. I think that next weekend I'm going to take a break."
Last week, Bellazin listed SMU as his early favorite, with a decision looming after the season was over.
"Right now I'm leaning SMU. It's not an final decision or anything, but right now that is where I'm leaning to. I'm wanting to make a decision after the season," said the recruit. "I'm just wanting to go to a good school where I can get some playing time as a freshman."
Bellazin is 6'2, 230 pounds, and runs a 4.66 forty. He could project to play three different positions at the next level.
"He is a kid that can play several different positions," said Everman Coach Dale Keeling. "He has played defensive tackle, linebacker, and defensive end for us this year. He is just a really smart player that does what is asked of him"