September 11, 2010
Gray helps Aledo pull off upset
Lake Travis was buzzing Friday night as the two top ranked teams in 4-A squared off in what could have been the state title game. Though Lake Travis was missing their star QB Michael Brewer and his favorite target, wideout Conner Floyd, the Lake Travis offense showed promise moving the ball early on as they jumped out to a 10-0 lead at one point in the first half. However, those would be the only points they scored as the Aledo defense pitched a shutout in the second half and used their ground attack to eat up the clock after obtaining the 14-10 lead.
Aledo's prized running back Jonathon Gray had a quiet night statistically for his standards, but he came up big in the second half as he scored the go ahead touchdown on a 4th and 1 to make the score 14-10.
"On the 4th and 1, there was no doubt in my mind that we were going to get it into the end zone. We practice that all the time and Coach Buchanan always stresses the importance of 4th and 1 so I just ran with my head down and we got it," he said.
Gray was a workhorse during the series as he carried the ball eight straight times until he found the end zone. While he never showed it on the field, he did admit that he was starting to feel the fatigue, but fought through it for the team.
"Well the whole offense was tired, but in the huddle I just said 'Hey ya'll, we got a chance to beat a Division I team. 'We just had to suck it up and get that touchdown."
Aledo was able to find success with their running game in the second half, but for much of the first half, they seemed to struggle. Gray accounted their lack of success in the first half to mental errors.
"Well, we just keep plucking at yards. Every team that faces us is going to try and stop the run, and I just need to be patient as a running back and take what they give me," he said. "Then once they give it to you, you just have to take it and be a playmaker. First half we had to fight through some frustration. We were jumping offsides and moving when the defense moved, but we just needed to stay focused and keep pushing it."
The Aledo Bearcats have played in big games before, but none may have been bigger than knocking off Lake Travis on the road and ending their 48-game winning streak.
"Ah man, I'm just speechless right now. We came out here and they were talking about how we were the under dogs and how we couldn't beat Lake Travis, but we just let it go in one ear and out the other and we fought as a team and came out with the victory," Gray said.
Gray finished the night with 31 carries for 145 and a touchdown.
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