Welcome Back Bearcat Football

Brinklee Stegall, Editor

Bearcat football has been the heart of Aledo and the prodigy of Texas football after Aledo became the first Texas high school team to win 10 state championships. 

Since the team’s first championship in 1998 against Cuero in the 3A Division I, they gained championships in each division leading up to where they are now, 5A Division I. 

Last year, Aledo lost during round three of the playoffs to South Oak Cliff. This was something that Titletown was not used to. While the loss brought uproar within the whole town, it also caused the team to have a stronger drive this season. 

Now that this season has started and we are three weeks in, the Bearcats are 1-2 losing to Perish Episcopal and Denton Guyer High School. 

“I think losing our first two games was the best thing for us,” varsity quarterback junior, Hauss Hejny, #8, said. “It has grounded our ego and made us realize what we have to work on. It has also given us a chip on our shoulder because we don’t want to lose another game this season; we are willing to do whatever possible to ensure that.” 

Most people, including former varsity cornerback and running back, Sammy Steffe, believe that this team has the ability to be great. But, they need to learn to play together as a team. 

“I think the team is just young and they haven’t been playing together for a while like us older guys had been the past couple years and they just need to learn to work together,” Steffe said. “I think they will do really well their first year in D1 but it might take until next year to win state, going up a division is a very hard task to do but it’s nothing that they can’t handle.” 

This year, the current quarterback believes their biggest competition in the district will be Denton Ryan. 

“They have a very talented team, but I know we have the ability to beat them,” Hejny said. 

Denton Ryan beat Azle High School last Friday 63-14 to show how skilled the team is.

A question that has been raised through the student body since moving up a district is if the Bearcats will be making it to playoffs this year.

“I do think they will make the playoffs this year,” Steffe said. “The past three weeks you can tell they have been learning to work together and trust each other as a team. They are growing as a team and as individuals every week.” 

Titletown supports the team through every game each week. The football team continues to work hard as this season has started. 

 “We are excited for the rest of the season and ready for our game this Friday against Azle,” Hejny said.