Freshman Helps Aledo Top Calallen to Win Another State Title

Aledo 24, Corpus Christi Calallen 16

Freshman Jase McClellan rushed for 98 yards, including a 59-yard touchdown, and Aledo won its sixth state title in the past eight years, defeating Corpus Christi Calallen 24-16 for the Class 5A Division II championship Friday night.

On the second play after halftime, McClellan broke up the middle and dragged two defenders the last 5 yards to give Aledo (16-0) a 17-3 lead.

Calallen (14-2) pulled within a score with 1:37 remaining on a 3-yard run by Alec Brown, but Grant Gonzalez missed the extra point.

Gonzalez's onside kick was recovered by Preston Jefferis, who had his coaches waving frantically for him to go down when he tried to run and was gang-tackled by Calallen defenders trying to take the ball away.

Aledo won its seventh state title, one shy of the Texas record shared by Katy, Southlake Carroll and Celina.

Calallen held Aledo to eight first downs and 200 yards total offense but couldn't match Aledo's big plays.

Calallen lost for the second time in two trips to the finals to finish a season that included Phil Danaher becoming the winningest Texas high school coach with 432 career victories. The other loss was in 2004.

Aledo went ahead 24-10 midway through the fourth quarter when Donnie Evans scored on a 2-yard run. Aledo took over at the Calallen 29 following a fumbled punt by Carson Hayes.

Calallen pulled within 17-10 on a 32-yard scoring run by quarterback Gaige Lamb in the third quarter and recovered a fumble on the subsequent kickoff. But Aledo forced a punt after tackles for loss from James Williams and Rhett Harris.

Aledo lost in the semifinals last year after winning five titles in the previous six seasons.

Aledo opened the scoring on Harris' 5-yard run in the first quarter, which came after Calallen's John Gaddis intercepted a pass near his goal line but fumbled at the end of a 30-yard return.

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