Well, that was a bit rough.
Despite keeping the Aledo Bearcats out of the end zone for the better part of the first half, a state championship just wasn’t in the cards for the Brenham Cubs. A fumble inside the five yard-line and another missed opportunity deep in Aledo territory set the tone for a 38-10 loss.
It really felt like it just wasn’t meant to be for the Cubs. Receivers just couldn’t catch the passes. Despite a strong defensive effort in the first half plus the first part of the second half, Brenham couldn’t hold the Aledo offense back enough to keep it close at the end.
But at least I got to see history.
Late in the first half with Aledo leading 10-3, the Bearcats got a long touchdown pass which put them over the 1,000 point total for the 2013 season. Just a couple of weeks after breaking the national record for points scored in a single season, Aledo became the first team in the nation to reach quadruple digits.
Aledo also won its fourth state title in five seasons and the first since star running back Jonathan Gray graduated to Texas. This certainly has to put them into the conversation as one of the best runs for a high school in Texas high school football history. Not many teams are able to make such a run. It’s also the fifth state title in school history.
For Brenham, this is the third time the Cubs have made it to the state title game and lost since 2000. The Cubs are still looking for their first state title in school history and are still looking to try to figure out this Aledo ball club. Brenham lost to Aledo in the 2009 state title game.
But it’s not all gloom and doom for the Cubs. This is a heck of a trip for a team that lost its first game of the year to a 5A squad, was never ranked in the state all season long and who had trouble closing out their first round game against Georgetown East View. This one, in a word, was improbable. And as with every team who played this past Thursday, Friday and Saturday, just making it to the game is an accomplishment in itself.
This will be something they’ll never forget and will be able to tell their children and grandchildren. Playing at AT&T Stadium is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, especially for those who don’t continue on to play in college or the NFL.
It was a tough end to a long season, but this season for them was certainly a successful one. And it was fun to watch the ride.