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Aledo RB Johnathan Gray snags state touchdown record in lopsided loss
ALEDO -- Aledo running back Johnathan Gray got the record, but No. 1-ranked, four-time defending Class 4A state champ Lake Travis got an equally resounding 62-35 victory before a capacity crowd of more than 9,000 fans at Bearcat Stadium.
Gray scored four touchdowns to become Texas’ all-time career touchdown leader with 148 as a four-year starter to go along with 2009 and 2010 state titles.
“Everybody talks and asks about the record, but my focus is getting better as a team,” Gray said. “We have to learn from the loss. They’re a good team, and they showed us what we need to work on, and we showed them what they need to work on. Even though the score was what it was, it was a good game.”
Gray ended any suspense early that he’d become the all-time touchdown leader. He tied the record with an 82-yard run and broke it on a 1-yard score.
But Lake Travis (3-0) didn’t allow much suspense either. Lake Travis led by 10 at halftime and was leading 62-25 when Gray scored his final touchdown on a dazzling 68-yard run. He ended with 203 yards on 19 carries.
Ranked No. 7 in the state, Aledo (1-2) can take solace that the loser of last year’s meeting won a state title. Aledo defeated Lake Travis, 14-10, to stop a 48-game winning streak last season. Lake Travis won the 4A Division I title; Aledo the 4A DII championship.
“We know Johnathan Gray can run,” Aledo coach Tim Buchanan said. “We’ve got some other things to improve on.”
Gray broke the record on a 1-yard run just before half, but it was his tackle-breaking run on a 32-yard pass reception just short of the goal that set up the record-setting score.