When Aledo head coach Tim Buchanan left the field after a dominant win in the state championship game, the year 1993 was on his mind.
That was the year Buchanan took over the Metroplex program and started one of the greatest dynasties in Texas high school football history. After beating Crosby 56-21 to win the 5A Division II State Championship, he set the program apart as the first Texas high school to win 10 state championships.
“The biggest thing is that it didn’t start tonight,” Buchanan said. “It started back in 1993. When you look at the people who were the foundation of what we’ve done, those guys didn’t get any rings or medals or anything.”
Even after 28 years, he listed off a dozen names who played a part in setting the foundation for what has become one of the marquee football programs in the state. On Friday, the state got to see what a fully operational Aledo looks like as it won a third straight state title.
Aledo’s DeMarco Roberts moved from defense to running back after Jase McClellan joined Alabama last year. He exploded for an otherworldly 254 yards and six touchdowns in the state championship game.
Alabama wide receiver signee JoJo Earle posted 133 yards through the air and 91 yards on the ground. The defense held a Crosby offense that averaged 42.6 points per game to half of its season mark.
Crosby made it back to the state championship game for the first time since 1960, when the school played in Class 1A. Aledo used its calm and experience to ensure that they never stood a chance.
“The stage never gets too big,” Buchanan said. “When they walk onto the field at Cowboys Stadium, that gets them excited. They’ve done it. They’ve been there.”
After reaching the magical number 10 – all split between Buchanan and former assistant Steve Wood – Buchanan couldn’t avoid a Gatorade bath surrounded by players right before his postgame interview.
“That’s the first time in a long time that I’ve gotten the water bath at the end of a game,” Buchanan said. “It felt really good. I’d prefer not to get them, but it feels a lot better than not getting one because you lost the game.”
For Aledo’s ring No. 10, he could make an exception.
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