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The Dallas Morning News’ Joseph Hoyt breaks down five storylines to know before the 5A Division I state championship game between Aledo and Fort Bend Marshall. The game will be played at 7 p.m. Friday at AT&T Stadium.
The importance of last weekend’s state semifinal victory over Frisco Lone Star was not lost on senior linebacker Ahmad Terry. “We finally got over the hump,” he said. It was an emotional win for a team that had lost in the state semifinal after undefeated starts the three years before. They enjoyed it, but they also knew there was more work to be done – like winning the school’s third state championship.
Fort Bend Marshall has only played a UIL varsity schedule for two years. That’s what makes the fact that the Sharks are in the state title game for the second year in a row so impressive. Shadow Creek, which opened in 2016, did play two years with an independent schedule before jumping into the UIL. All the Sharks have done is go 30-1, with one thing missing from their program résumé.
The major 5A-I storyline entering this Texas high school football season was centered around Highland Park. Could the Scots win a fourth-straight state championship? Frisco Lone Star – which lost to Aledo 35-7 in the state semifinal – knocked out Highland Park weeks ago. Now, the team that hoists a 5A-I state championship will either be Aledo – the one that lost to Highland Park in the state semifinals the previous three years – or Shadow Creek, the one that’s trying to avenge its only loss in program history, a 27-17 loss to Highland Park in last year’s state title game.
Is two-way the right way?
Senior Drew Sanders, an Alabama-bound edge rusher, and juniors Ja’Tavion Sanders and Billy Bowman Jr., both Texas pledges, all play multiple roles for Aledo. Drew and Ja’Tavion Sanders both get after the quarterback on defense and catch passes on offense. Drew will also be the team’s wildcat quarterback in short-yardage situations. Bowman is a playmaking threat at receiver, in the defensive secondary, and as a returner. People wondered if that much playing time could tire out those players against a good team. Head coach Dave Henigan said the team has a plan for their workload. It was on display in impressive fashion in last week’s win over top-ranked Lone Star.
What if it’s close late?
Aledo has been dominant this season. The Raiders are outscoring opponents by an average of 41 points per game. The closest any opponent has gotten to them is 24 points. Even Frisco Lone Star, which made a habit of blowing out opponents, was blown out, itself, against Ryan last week. Aledo has answered every question this season except this one: how would Ryan respond if it’s in a close game late against a good team? Undefeated Shadow Creek has dominated this season, too, but also won two close games against Richmond Foster. If it’s close late, with a state championship on the line, it would be interesting to see how Ryan responds.