After the 91-0 demolition of Fort Worth Western Hills that claimed national attention, Aledo (No. 32) is looking nearly unstoppable and averaging a staggering 69.3 points a game this season while allowing a mere 6.9 points to opposing offenses. The number one-ranked team in Texas at the Division 4A level is loaded with rising stars anchored by 2015 athlete Ryan Newsome and Jess Anders (running back 2015) who ripped off four touchdowns a piece in the electrifying blowout that has been turning heads all over the country. Aledo was just recently cleared of the bizarre bullying accusations, by a Western Hills parent, which went viral after their dominating performance capped their fourth straight game scoring more than 70 points.
“We have some great momentum right now. The biggest thing is trying to stay focused with all of this national attention we have been getting lately,” said Newsome.
Southwest may be the only team in Fort Worth that can stand up to the “bullies” of District 7-4A since they have an offense that is filled with perhaps some of the most underrated talent in the area. They are led by Devin Williams (quarterback 2016) and Jameion Williams (running back 2014) who will give the Aledo defense its best competition of the season heading into the playoffs. They also have an arsenal of receivers, led by Kameron Taylor (wide receiver 2014) that have the speed and athleticism that will give a complete test to the stingy Aledo secondary for the first time this season. The Raiders are very aware of what Aledo did last week, but they also know that they have some fire power of their own.
“We prepare different than any other Fort Worth School,” Taylor said.
Southwest was upset last week against Granbury (Texas) losing late in the shootout 49-40, but the team is in high spirits and excited about the chance to upset one of the best teams in the nation tomorrow night.
“We got something to prove and our offense is going to do what we’ve been doing all season but we know tomorrow will be a special game,” Devin Williams said.
“We’ve never been this ready since before the start of the season.”
The recruiters will be showing up deep TCU, Texas, and Texas Tech scouts are expected to be in attendance this Friday night. As one of the more dangerous tandems around Newsome has already been offered by TCU and Anders is starting to get some heavy interest from the Horned Frogs among others. Newsome is fresh off of his visit from Baylor who is on the road this week against Kansas, but coaches will definitely be watching from Lawrence. Aledo seniors linebacker Jordan Mittie and full back Daythan Davis have both received offer from Air Force, but are both receiving some interest from Kansas State. The recruiting pool could get even deeper for the Big 12 conference because even though the spotlight will be on highly touted Aledo, the sleepers from the Southwest will be eager to steal the show.
“You know everybody in the city knows about this game and probably will be there. I know a lot of guys from Aledo so it’s going to be a live one,” Williams said.
--Originally published by Greg Powers--