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5AD2 State Semifinals Recaps

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A look back at the 5AD2 Semifinals games and how Fort Bend Marshall and Aledo made it to Friday’s state championship showdown at AT&T Stadium.

Fort Bend Marshall overcomes adversity to earn state championship berth over CC Calallen

After everything Fort Bend Marshall has been through over the last week, having grieved the loss of senior safety Drew Conley, a football game seemed to be the least of their worries.

But on Friday night in San Antonio against a tough challenge in Coach Phil Danaher’s Corpus Christi Calallen Wildcats, who always seems to be a state contender, the Buffalos did as they always do and fought on, this time with the memory of their fallen brother.

In a tightly contested match, the Buffalos claimed a 19-17 victory to earn their first trip to the UIL State Championships.

Calallen stayed right there throughout the game, but had trouble finding the end zone or getting in field goal territory in a crucial third quarter.

The Wildcats also had trouble stopping the running game, and notable Marshall junior running back Devon Achane, who reeled off an 80-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth to put Marshall ahead for good.

Achane finished with 155 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

Marshall will meet the 15-0 Aledo Bearcats in Friday at Jerry World to crown the 5A D2 Champion.

Aledo punches ticket to State with dominant 63-7 win over Rider

The Aledo Bearcats are no strangers to AT&T Stadium. Aside from playing their state semifinal game there, they have represented 5A Division II for years, and they’ll be doing it again on Friday night.

To get there, they had to take on a promising young Rider team, but Aledo, who had an online show named Titletown made about them last year, was up to the challenge.

At the half they were up 42-0, and there was no looking back. Rider found the end zone in the third quarter, but it would be the only points they would score as Aledo would go on to win 63-7.

Junior quarterback Jase McClellan threw three touchdown passes and senior Tre Owens finished with three total tackles and one interception that he took 103 yards to the house. It was one of three picks for the Bearcats defense.

After losing to College Station in the state championship game last year, Aledo will face Fort Bend Marshall looking for their sixth state title in 10 years.

For Rider, after a rough start to the season, getting to the state semis was an achievement itself, but they’re hungry for more, and with a large group of sophomores and juniors coming back, they should be in the mix next season.