ALEDO- For two quarters the Fort Worth Southwest Raiders (10-1) threatened to break the FWISD's long playoff losing streak, but in the second half the Aledo Bearcats (9-2) rattled off 34 unanswered second half points to turn a close game into a 47-6 rout on Thursday night at Bearcat Stadium in a Class 4A Region 1 Division 1 playoff game. Aledo's defense made some serious adjustments at the halftime break as they decided to blitz Southwest QB Jason Dillon and it paid off as Aledo only allowed two Raider first downs in the second half. Austin Stockon took over the bulk of the carries on the ground after Ryan McGuire went down early in the second quarter and Stockon delivered with 178 yards rushing and a touchdown, and the versatile Cole Loftin ran for a score and threw for another.
Southwest opened up the scoring after forcing an Aledo punt by moving into Aledo territory and getting a 40 yard field goal from Vedran Ceric, Southwest's defense then stepped up and stopped an Aledo drive as Alex Spencer made a diving interception of an errant Loftin pass to give the Raiders the ball back with a 3-0 lead. Aledo would get a break later in the first quarter as SHS WR Roderick Jones was stripped of the ball after a 15 yard gain and DB Jack Bryant scooped the ball up and raced to the Southwest four yard line and two plays later McGuire would score on a 3 yard run to put the Bearcats up 7-3. Southwest early in the second quarter would march inside the Aledo ten, but the Raiders couldn't put six on the board as they were forced to settle for a 22 yard Ceric field goal to cut the lead to 7-6. We'd stay at 7-6 until late in the first half when Aledo got the biggest play of the game when Loftin hooked up with Kenton Day for a 40 yard touchdown toss on a third and long play to put the Bearcats up 13-6 and put momentum squarely on the side of the black and orange heading to the locker room.
After forcing a Southwest three and out the Bearcats took the ball and it appeared they'd also go three and out, but the Bearcats pulled a play out of their bag of tricks as punter Tanner McDonald threw a 23 yard pass to TE Forrest Cook to give Aledo not only momentum but a key first down and it didn't take long for Aledo to extend the lead to 20-6 as Joel Hasley scored on a 2 yard run. Southwest after punting on their next drive showed they still had some fight left as they stopped Aledo on downs inside their 40, but disaster struck the Raiders once again as they fumbled on their first play on a botched reverse and Aledo took over at the Southwest 32. Two plays later, Loftin would scamper in from 25 yards out early in the fourth quarter and the Aledo lead was extended to 26-6. The wheels would fall off Southwest from there on out as the Bearcats got two interception returns for touchdowns from Kenton Day and Kyle Bottom sandwiched around a 23 yard touchdown run by Stockon for the final margin of 47-6.
Aledo advances to the area round of the playoffs and they'll take on the winner of Friday night's game pitting Keller Fossil Ridge against Denton Ryan.
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