However, by halftime the Bearcats had built a 17-3 lead and never looked back en route to a 38-10 win to claim their fourth state championship in five years. The Bearcats also eclipsed the 1,000 point plateau and finished the season with 1,023.
The Bearcats used a strong rushing game to wear down the Cubs, rushing for 356 yards on the day and totaling over 500 yards of offense.
One player who made a difference in the game was do-everything junior Ryan Newsome. The four-star prospect accounted for two of Aledo's scores; one coming on a 28-yard touchdown and the other on a 59-yard run. He finished with 5 carries for 91 yards.
Newsome was all smiles following another Aledo state championship.
"It's great," Newsome said of Aledo's state championship. "It was a tough first quarter and tough first half. They were playing in the championship game for a reason. We're blessed. The first half we just kind of got off our game plan. We had to have the mindset that we were going to dominate."
While Newsome made a difference in the game catching and running the football, it was what he didn't have a chance to do that had him frustrated most of the game; returning punts. Newsome came into the game just one touchdown return short of the national record for a single season. He finished with seven punt returns for scores in 2013, but Brenham didn't punt it within 20 yards of the speedster all game long.
At the end of the day he was happy with the end result of a state title.
"It was making me upset, I figured that I might get one chance but I didn't get it," Newsome said. "I was one punt return shy of the record so that's not too shabby but I wish I could've got the record but at the end of the day we're state champions."
Newsome let out those frustrations of not returning punts with his 59-yard score in the fourth quarter.
"I let it out right there, I turned on the jets," Newsome said of his 59-yard score. "I wanted to turn it on right there."
On the recruiting front, Newsome holds offers from TCU, Baylor, Clemson, Oklahoma, Colorado State, Oregon State, Texas Tech and UCLA. He's garnering heavy interest from Oregon, Texas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State among others. He is the nation's No. 19 rated receiver for the 2015 class.