Gray Talks Record, State Title

Shortly after setting the national career touchdowns record, Johnathan Gray made one point abundantly clear: he would rather have a W next to his team's name.

Saturday, Gray didn't have to choose between the two, as he set the record in Aledo's 49-28 win over Manvel, leading Aledo to its third-straight state title.

"The record is still not on my mind," Gray said afterward. "I'm just celebrating with my teammates right now. I'm just enjoying this win.

"To come out here and win three state titles, these guys work hard … we wouldn't want anything less or anything more," Gray said. "It's just a wonderful thing, and we're blessed."

While Gray is certainly blessed with talent, his work ethic shown through against Manvel. Facing a tough defense, Gray rushed for 241 yards on 30 carries, and revealed after the game that he was running on an injured knee that was set to be drained on Monday. And he sustained a shoulder stinger in the first quarter to boot. "You've got to suck it up in games like this," Gray said. "Big-time players make big-time plays and have to stay in big-time games like this. Whatever hurts, hurts, but you have to play through it."

Gray's performance came in front of future position coach Major Applewhite, who made the trip to watch Gray in person.

"It was great," Gray said. "You always want to see the coaches that you're committed to and getting ready to go to that college, you want … (them) to come see you play. It's a wonderful thing."

Now, Gray said he'll take the time to let his body heal before starting to get ready for the rigors of college football. But don't expect him to take too much time off.

"I'm going to take this whole Christmas break," Gray said.

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