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Johnathan Gray's 5 TDs power Aledo past Mansfield Summit
Aledo jumps on Summit by scoring on first six possessions
BURLESON — Johnathan Gray, Aledo’s heralded running back, lived up to his considerable billing Friday with five touchdowns and 321 yards rushing in a 59-23 victory over Mansfield Summit in a Class 4A Division II playoff game in front of 7,500 at Burleson ISD Stadium.
Gray scored on touchdown runs of 34, 30 and 28 yards with two 4-yarders mixed in as Texas assistant coach Major Applewhite watched the Longhorns’ 2012 commit from the sideline.
Gray became the third Texas high school rusher to gain more than 10,000 career yards with 10,008. He has 55 touchdowns on the season and 195 total touchdowns in his four years at Aledo, which has won back-to-back 4A Division II state titles.
Ranked No. 8 in the final 4A state poll, Aledo (10-2) jumped out quickly against Summit (10-2) by scoring on its first six possessions.
Aledo led, 38-15, at halftime. Gray accounted for every yard of Aledo’s first touchdown drive of 49 yards. He scored on a 28-yard run on his fourth carry. The only other play on the drive was an incomplete pass.
Aledo sophomore kicker Chance Nevarez hit a 32-yard field goal to lead 10-0, but it was Gray’s 249 first-half yards supplying most of the offensive fuel. Willie Gibson got one foot down in the back of the end zone on a 27-yard pass from senior quarterback Matthew Bishop to give Aledo a 17-8 lead on the first play of the second quarter.
Summit pulled within 17-15 on a 12-yard run by speedy senior Calvin Burns, who had 99 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
Aledo took a 45-15 lead in the third quarter as Gray scored the second of his 4-yard touchdown runs.
Aledo plays the winner of Saturday’s game between El Paso Riverside-Canyon Randall. If Randall wins, Aledo will play in Sweetwater next week and at Midland’s Grande Communication Stadium if Riverside advances.