JUSTIN –The Reedy football team finally met its match when it squared off with No. 1 state-ranked Aledo Saturday in the Class 5A Division II state quarterfinal.
In a showdown that featured a pair of 13-0 squads, it was the Bearcats who that tamed the Lions, 26-16, to end Reedy’s dream season.
Despite the program’s first and only loss of the year, Reedy head coach Chad Cole was more than pleased with the Lions’ spectacular 2018 campaign, as they advanced four rounds deep in just their third-ever varsity season.
“We came up a little short today, but we fought hard,” he said. “There were some things we could have done a little bit better, but I can’t be any prouder of our seniors and what they have done throughout their high school career. We had some great accomplishments. Our kids have done everything they set their mind to.”
Through nearly the first quarter-and-a-half, this contest was all Reedy, as Cole’s ballclub put together long drives on its first two possessions while forcing a turnover on Aledo’s only series of the opening quarter.
In fact, the Lions’ first two drives totaled 27 plays, but theywere only able to muster just three points. Reedy’s opening 14-play drive was derailed deep in Aledo territory when a Lion was called for offensive pass interference on a critical third down near the goal line.
That pushed Reedy all the way back to a third-and-long and that’s when Reedy senior quarterback Josh Foskey was picked off in the end zone by Aledo sophomore Jo Jo Earle.
The defense came up huge as the Bearcats marched down the field on the ensuing possession when senior defensive back Cooper Wilson intercepted Aledo quarterback Jake Bishop. However, the offense settled for a 46-yard field goal early in the second stanza by junior Will Harbour to take a 3-0 advantage.
“We didn’t capitalize early when we had momentum,” Cole said. “That [offensive pass interference] penalty was also huge, and I don’t know how that was a penalty.”
The Aledo offense came alive following the Harbour field goal, and that’s when senior running back Jase McClellan joined the party.
The Oklahoma commit exploded for a 43-yard touchdown run down the sideline that put the Bearcats up 7-3 just three minutes after Reedy got on the scoreboard, and Aledo wouldn’t look back and went on to score 19 unanswered points.
McClellan led the charge offensively, as the five-star recruit found the end zone two more times and tallied 185 yards on the ground on 28 carries.
After the Lions’ defense held Aledo to field goals on back-to-back drives, McClellan then put the finishing touches on the victory with a 5-yard score that put the Bearcats up, 26-10, with 2:55 to go.
“He is a great running back was difficult to stop,” Cole said. “He is very slippery.”
Although Foskey didn’t throw a touchdown, he ran for a pair and even tacked on a 2-yard touchdown run in the final seconds to cut the deficit to 10 points.
The senior completed 20 passes for 164 yards in his final game at Reedy and completed eight of those for 55 yards to Arizona State signee and fellow senior Nolan Matthews.
Senior running back Michael Ferrara also concluded his high school career with 15 carries and 67 yards, which led the Lions’ rushing attack.