Bishop Amat visits Texas and powerful Aledo, who won in front of 8,000 fans last week and was undefeated last year

Bishop Amat is taking on Aledo, TX., on Friday night at 8 p.m. Amat, fresh off a 26-21 season-opening loss to Santa Margarita, could be in over the heads against the tough Texas school. Read how Aledo did last week: When the Aledo players stepped into McLane Stadium on Friday night, they were stunned by its beauty and the picturesque setting on the Brazos River.
They felt honored to play the first game in Baylor’s new $266 million stadium before the Bears host SMU on Sunday night.
“When I walked on the field, I couldn’t breathe for a second,” Aledo quarterback Luke Bishop said. “It’s awesome. There really isn’t much better than this.”

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  • observantcat

    You and cousin Mike should be doing cover it live for the West coast from McLane stadium. If Bishops defense shows up it could silence the crowd in turn giving Amat some momentum on the offensive side of the ball. I’m not as sold on these TX teams.

  • jcaz

    Nice stadiums are no big deal. Amat plays in large venues with that many people in the stands quite often, so its nothing new to them there. Having said that, I do need clarify something.
    Is this game (Friday) being played in Aledo’s home field on campus, or is it being played somewhere else ? I only ask, because im going to be at the game and dont want to get mixed up.

    • AMAT 73

      jcaz,
      These Texas games bring upwards of 8000-10000 fans , It’s been quite a while since we’ve played in front of a crowd that big , and especially when they are all rooting against you .

      • jcaz

        I just called Amat and they old me that the game is being played at the high school.
        Anyway, 8 thousand or 10 thousand, makes no difference to me because when they pull out the Amat victory flag at the end of that game, there will be more people to see it unfurl right ?
        Oh and BTW 73, at most, it will only be 9,999 people rooting for the Texas team because that very last one, will be me !!

        • AMAT 73

          i think you will be suprised by the number of the Faithful that take in the game . I’m hearing upwards of 150 or more . High school football is another world in Texas so their home stadium is still going to be a sight .

          • jcaz

            151…….
            Are you going ? If so, make it 152

          • Nomoredrama

            Ok, I can’t go to the game, it won’t be televised, but, I will “imagine” the visitor side filled with the “BA Faithful” and the look on “Alamo’s” faces when they see how well So Cali is being represented!
            I can remember as a parent sitting in the home stands at some games, and looking across seeing empty visitor seats, I always felt a little bit sorry for the kids on that visiting team. Don’t let that be BA this weekend!

        • CH FB

          to jcaz:
          There is no way Amat comes home with the victory. I say this not because I’m an Amat hater, but because I know Texas Football, being from Plano TX. Football is a religion there, and Aledo has always been a top tier team. Amat is a decent socal team, and great valley team. But not on Aledo’s level. I think Amat will lose by 14-21 points. When Amat visits us in CH in 2 weeks, we will be the first team in the valley to beat them in a while. There is a lot of hype surrounding Amat’s skill positions, but I didn’t see what the big deal was last week when I saw the game on prep zone. I honestly think Amat wins 2 or 3 games his year. Sorry, but the truth is the truth.

          • WCDan

            I wouldn’t get too cocky CH FB, Amat is still Amat, and around here on the field they are still top dog till someone can knock them off, which hasn’t happened since 02. My guess is that Amat will edge CH in a close game. On the bright side as far as CH is concerned, CH has a knack for beating some of the big boy’s every so often. By the way, nice win over Hart last week.

          • Not Since 1995

            Hart obviously don’t have a defense… Well neither does chino hills.

          • jcaz

            It’s ok to say the truth, and to be brutally honest with you, if Amat plays the same way they did in that opener, then the final score could very well be much greater than you’ve given them credit for.
            Having said that, I wouldn’t be all that surprised if Amat wins that game, and I’m not speaking as a homer here but as a SGV football “honk”
            Amat has won some pretty impressive games over the years that Haggerty’s been the coach, and while I’m not at all pleased by the early outs year in and year out, he’s actually pulled more than a few rabbits out of his proverbial hat a time or two.
            Now , let me address another point you just made. The one about beating Amat in a few weeks from now. Well, here’s the deal. Not going to happen. Oh sure, you guys beat Hart, which has always been a good program and all, but no. I’m not buying it only because the last two chances you guys had to beat Amat, you came up short. And that was with that incredibly gifted quarterback you had. So tell me, is you new quarterback as good as he was ?

          • Not Since 1995

            Come on now Muskie….

          • AMAT 73

            chfb,
            Ok so you know Texas football . Evidently you don’t know shiat about SGV football . You are raising your hopes because you beat a Hart team who is not all . By the way, judging by the amount of points you gave up , you might want to worry about that defense of yours .

        • New York

          Good for you for travelling and supporting your team!

  • VertiCulitis

    I heard a lot of the boosters are trying to get Verti’s ticket to Texas cancelled. Verti-Culitis struck again last week at Santa Margarita. I don’t know what is worse, Ebola or Verti-Culitis?

    So far, Verti-Culitis has only killed the team directly causing 4 or 5 losses over the past few years. Hopefully is does not spread further and take out the entire coaching staff. Someone needs to find a cure quick before it wipes everyone out.

    • http://sgvtribune.com/ Galileo

      how about Hags not using the last timeout before the 4th down play at the end of the game..what was he thinking?

  • AZTEC PRIDE

    Come on Amat,(CALIFORNIA). Let’s get that win over texas, and USC Fans are pulling for you! LOL…

  • GP AKA Green Machine

    I watch a little of Aledo’s Championship game from last season. They are good, but they are in Division 2. If you watch the Texas Div 1 championship game, Allen TX is Much bigger and better than Aledo. BA still should be able to compete with anyone’s division 2 level competition. This game is more than a interstate battle. This will be a test to see where BA’s program is as a Division 1 program. They should be able to line up with any Div 2 level comp in any state being that CA, FL and TX are the top Football states talent wise. Let’s go BA!

    • drew

      In Texas the division of the school does not represent it’s skill level, only the size of the school. Bigger schools will be in division 1 playoff bracket and the smaller schools are placed in the division 2 bracket. Alot of times to there are several schools with large amount of students in the same district but depending on how the district play turns out you could have a school that could be in division 1 but gets put in division 2 because there are two or more even bigger schools that made it to the playoffs, there are even some cases where the schools with the smaller numbers could be in division 1 because the bigger schools did not make the playoffs, but yet the smaller school gets thrown into division 1 because they have more students than the other small schools in the district. Also Allen was the division 1 last year but in 5A which is now 6A this year, and yes Aledo was division 2 last year but in 4A which is now 5A this year. Allen is the best team in the state and the best in 5A last year but Aledo was #1 out off all the 4A schools division 1 or 2 last year and are again this year. So division has nothing to do with the skill level of the schools in Texas. I don’t know how good or what Bishop Amat did last year or this year but anyone from the whole state of Texas knows Aledo is everything there made out to be, aledo is the real deal, and to think that Bishop Amat is going to go into aledo and have no trouble with Aledo, well yall are in for a rude awakening just like everyother team that plays Aledo.

      • GP AKA Green Machine

        I understand that Texas selects division’s different. However, they are division 2.

        Div 1 – 6A
        #1 Allen, TX
        #2 Katy
        #3 Skyline
        #4 Eulesses Trinity…

        Div 2 – 5A
        #1 Aledo
        #Temple

        The point I was making is still the same…look at the names you know in Div 1

        • drew

          You do realize that 6A and 5A are two different classifications?There are 6 classifications in Texas football; 6A being the biggest and 1A the smallest. Now there are 2 divisions in every classification but besides pre season games every classification is apart from the other and have no association with eachother in district, ans in the playoffs. What it seems to me is that you think 6A is division 1 and 5A is division 2. The way it works is there are two state title games for every classification, so there’s the 6A division 1 championship game then there’s the 6A division 2 game, and it’s the same for all the classification.

          • drew

            And just to be clear classification has nothing to do with skill level either. There are plenty of 5A schools that could beat 6A schools including Aledo. Once you get into 5A and 6A there’s not much difference in skill level. Classification is determined my student population, so more students means being in a higher classification. The big difference between 5A and 6A is the selection of althletes. 6A schools usually have a lot more athletes to pick and choose from, however you do get schools like Allen that are just absolutely domant to everyone else. However Aledo isn’t far from Allen’s calabier of football.

          • GP AKA Green Machine

            Drew…La Marida just beat pac 5 Tesoro. So….Just watching the Game….the Best 6A team Allen is alot better than Aledo. You would also assume De Soto is better. Plus you have Katy, Trinity, Coppell, Carroll, Pearland, Lamar, West Field,Martin…all in the top 25 in Texas, and guess what, they are all in 6A. So think about that playoff field. Allen had to beat all those teams to win it. Could Aledo do that? Outside Aledo #4 ranking, everyone else around them is second tier. So overall 5A is 2nd tier. They are second tier.. The BA I grew up Watching was the Div 1 Champ. That means in todays world, they would playing Allen instead of Aledo. Would you say that Serra is on the Same level as STJB? They put up 70 on Corona Centennial which lost to poly and alemany.

          • SGV_FOOTBALL

            The BA team you grew up watching has not been the same BA team for the past decade. Trust me I hope BA gets the win for CA but you cant play down Aledo just because you think they play in a lower division.

            By the way it looks like Aledo was loaded last year with a ton of seniors. So hopefully losing all those seniors will help BA.

            Just FYI Calpreps has Aledo winning by 12.

            Aledo vs Monrovia 50-7

          • GP AKA Green Machine

            Basically 3 of the 6A Texas schools were ranked nationally and 0 of the 5A schools…are ranked nationally, 5 CA Div 1 Schools are ranked nationally, 0 Div 2 schools are ranked nationally. Buford high School is the only exception. There is a difference.

          • drew

            For one my comment was about Texas High School FootballStructure, not national rank. Your original comment had nothing to do with national rank. The national ranking system for High School Football is a joke and is also pointless. Most teams that are ranked shouldnt even be ranked and then there’s tons of schools around the nation that aren’t ranked but should be because they don’t get enough recognition or attention. Aledo scrimmaged Guyer last year and Aledo was the obvious winner to almost every sports writer in the state also Aledo beat Highland Park in the first game of the season 44-3 and Highland Park is now in 6A and is ranked #10 in 6A. Highland Park met Guyer in the 4th round of the playoffs last year and almost beat Guyer. When smaller schools play bigger schools it because they have something to prove. Everyone in Texas knows Aledo is legit and could hold there own with bigger schools. If you even bothered to read my last comment you should have seen that is said that 5A & 6A skill level is not that different. So once again Classification, or Division has nothing to do with skill level and National Ranking is pointless especially considering that there is no official poll that every state goes by.

          • AMAT 73

            So after all that disscussion the game still has to be played . Unless someone is deep in the heart of Texas it’s all a guessing game . AMAT has a game to play and they will put their best effort forward . Either way great experience for the team and not many players can tell the story of their team traveled to Texas to take on one of the better teams ( which I think we all agree ) in the state . Let’s hope it’s winds up a story of a win !!!!!

          • GP AKA Green Machine

            73, it’s not a guessing game. Aledo is a great football team, but they are definitely not on the level of top teams in your division. This is a winnable game for Amat, because the data on maxpreps seems to show that their 5A is not comparable to Pac 5. 6A is comparable to Pac 5. Although Amat could lose to a Div 2 team as they did against Rancho, but Look at the results of when amat plays the top team in the pac 5. It’s another level. Centennial the Div 2 power lost to pac 5s so…it’s the same..

          • drew

            Maxpreps is barely an applicable source to base that kind of assumption on. And yet once again just because aledo is in 5A does not mean at all that there a weaker team their ranked #1 in the AP poll in Texas for a reason. I’m not saying Aledo is gonna beat the crap out of amat but I certainly don’t see amat coming out on top either. I’ve been around Texas High School Football for a long time and I can tell you through wintnessing and experiencing Aledo is a force to be reckoned with. They flat out know how to win. That’s why they have 5 state titles, 4 out of the five in the past five years and went 16-0 l and scored over 1000 points last year.

          • GP AKA Green Machine

            Ok, I’ll take your word for it…I’m just going of Data. Who wins Aledo vs Allen or De soto?

          • drew

            Well Allen is on a different and higher level than anyone in the state. Desto though usually has the most D1 athletes than anyother school in the state as far as football goes. Allen has beat Desto 2 years in arrow in the state semi final although last year’s game was close. Aledo more than likely would loose just due the fact of superior athletes but I do think aledo would compete with both schools pretty well. You gotta remember too Allen and Desto are the top teams in 6A as far as Cedar Hill, and Katy I think aledo could pull off a win but they would have to be lights out in every aspect of the game.

          • GP AKA Green Machine

            That’s my point….Aledo is not on that level. Anyone can win a football game. However,this is a step up game for Aledo not BA… Amat plays in the Pac 5. toughest division in America…

          • AMAT 73

            GP,
            As you can see below , drew is of the opinion MaxPreps is not a solid source to go to . As I said it all boils down to the playing of the game and the main factor in all of this is the human factor . Sure on paper to some it looks like Aledo will mop the floor with us and to some it looks like we are in our element and we have a chance to win . Let’s hope our boys are pumped and have their heads in the game and if they cut doen on turnovers and mistakes , I believe someone said 24 penalties on us against SM , we have a solid chance to get the W .

          • GP AKA Green Machine

            I believe if BA can get past the crowd, and bio clock difference(it will be 5 pm PST at kickoff), they can win this game… However, I also viewed the USA today rankings, and other polls. TX 6A teams are in the top 25 in all of them. No 5A teams are. Every publication can’t be wrong.

          • observantcat

            I totally agree with you 73, Amat must make major adjustments on the offensive side of the ball and not solely depend on their passing game. I think that Arcanodo and Sydney were way under used in that game against SM except for special teams. Those two should be carrying the Rock every other offensive play to balance out an attack on a good team. Speed will be a major factor as well, if Aledo has some speedsters vs. Amat’s 5 yards and a cloud of dust running style then that will factor into the adjustments that will be needed for Amat to stay in the game. Amat’s Defensive line is defiantly up to the task at the line but Those corners and safety’s were getting eating up by those SM running backs. Never seen this Aledo team play but on paper they look as good as any other PAC5 team here in So. Cal but like you said, it’s up to the players to decide this game on the field. I wouldn’t even call it an upset if Amat wins by 2 or more TD’s if they execute this game and stay away from the penalties that were in the first game.

          • GP AKA Green Machine

            6A>5A…bottom line

          • drew

            Amat went 6-4 last year right and there already 0-1 this season? And aledo went 16-0 with another state title and was the first team to score 1000 points. Aledo started their season beating a state championship contender in the first week?? Please explain to me how amat excepts to win this game?

          • GP AKA Green Machine

            Aledo lost to Guyer in the 4A playoffs. Guyer is now in 6A. I must say that Aledo is excellent for a school of 1300 kids. Still my point sticks…6A is a higher competition class. It’s not always the level of the team in question, it’s the level of comp of teams in your division. Aledo beat it’s comp by like 60 ppg…if they can’t go to 6A shouldn’t they be scheduling them in preseason?

          • drew

            The top teams in 6A are your biggest competitors, the rest are just over sized schools with no athletic program. And so according to you because aledo is not 6A that means there weaker than 6A teams. And yet you think amat is worthy of playing someone of of Allen’s calabier, and amat having a 6-4 record last year and a lose to start out the season this year. Like I said yall are in for a rude awakening friday night. And that lose to Guyer was 2 years ago and really is pointless to bring up. Yes aledo does usually win my a large margin, but there are not teams in aledo’s area that can compete with Aledo’s calibre. What is remarkable is that Aledo put up those same numbers in the playoffs against teams that were good enough to compete with aledo. Believe me if aledo had the choice they would play in a higher classification for better competition. And fyi Aledo has 1548 students currently enrolled and the pattern usually is aledo scrimages and plays high ranked teams in thier own classification that they could potentially meet again in the playoffs. Pre season means nothing, playoffs means everything.

          • drew

            My point is is that regardless of your classification, high ranked 5A teams like aledo are generally are the same caliber as top ranked 6A schools and if not there really close to it. So one again Classification or Division makes no difference.

          • Nomoredrama

            In grand fashion! Last I checked BA was up 42-7 in the 4th qtr.

          • Nomoredrama

            Where you @ drew? You were all over this bog before the game…..

          • drew

            Like who? Tell me another team that’s scored 1000 points in a season or won 5 state championships? You’ll find out what Aledo and Texas High School Football is all about soon enough.

          • Valley Athletics

            Can’t really judge how good they really are because nobody in socal has played them . Maxpreps has them ranked at 7 in state and 33 in nation . Looks like they have not played any of Texas top teams . Looks like they play some weak teams judging by there scores. A lot of points scored with a 91 -0 win . Either way it’s a good experience for the kids .

          • New York

            If 6A schools typically have more athletes to choose from, then wouldn’t that give 6A schools an advantage over 5A schools. That obviously does not acknowledge the coaching and community support that might give a 5A school the edge. However, if 6A has more athletes, then wouldn’t 6A have the edge, all else equal?

          • drew

            Yes that is the big advantage that 6A has over 5A just like 5A has the same advantage over 4A. Allen which is the biggest school by population in Texas has almost 6,000 students while most Schools in 5A have an about 1400-2200 students. So while your 6A schools have more athletes to choose from so it makes coaching Alot easier. 5A has to rely on good coaching a lot more. Now I’m not saying Aledo could go into 6A and domimat like they do in 5A but generally your higher ranked 5A schools can hang with most of the 6A school and even those that are ranked. My point that I’m trying to make is regardless of classification or division Bishop Amat is going up one of the best teams in the whole state of Texas.

          • GP AKA Green Machine

            Stop saying that…What would Aledo be ranked if they were in 6A? Would they be a playoff team…would they make the semis? I use Corona Centennial again. Now they are in the pac 5. They lost to Alemany…in the Pac 5 that’s a first or second round game.

          • OJneckslice

            And Alemany go manhandled by Norco the following week at one point the score was 31-7 Norco in the 4th…so whats your point?

          • GP AKA Green Machine

            That’s what I am saying…the fact that Aledo did not schedule one of the 6A powers is a red flag. BA is D1 and in the best division in the US. This has to be a winnable game for them…

          • New York

            Success by association doesn’t really play out. La Salle is in a tough league, but does that mean they are a powerhouse?

            Bishop Amat is strong because of their relentless drive to push themselves, because they would be destroyed by their schedule otherwise. Bishop Amat has refused to drop down to lower divisions. They are not good simply because they are in the Pac-5. Many teams are in the Pac-5 and are weak.

          • OJneckslice

            Bishop Amat has no say so when it comes to league placement…

          • New York

            So does that mean that 6A is comprised of Divisions 1 and 2 and then 5A would be comprised of Divisons 3 and 4?

          • Schumm

            its goes
            6A division 1
            6A division 2

            5A division 1
            5A division 2

            and so forth

          • drew

            No each classification has a division 1 and 2. During district play the districts are composed of big and small schools. 4 teams out of each district make the playoffs; the two biggest schools that make the playoffs are put into division 1 bracket and the smaller two schools are put into the division 2 bracket. Or in other words division 1 is Big 6A and division 2 is small 6A. And it’s the same for every classification.

          • New York

            Thank you.

  • The Fan

    Good luck, safe travels and Bring back a victory.

  • Nomoredrama

    Good Luck BA! Hopefully there will be lots of fan support traveling to the game. Should be a great experience.
    Will anyone be covering this game for us back here in Cali?

  • Valley Athletics

    Good luck and safe trip . Bring home the victory …

  • Mikki17

    Have fun Lancers! We believe! :)

  • AMAT 73

    On a side note ,
    Where are all the newbies such as Royal Blue Thunder and the rest of his posse of bloggers . They had a tendency to call out the old AMAT bloggers on following the tradition of waiting your turn to hit the field and other issues . I believe they are from the super soph parenthood group ( no knock on the players as this is their time to shine which they will ) . Now that we lost our first game and the consensus is we will lose again this week they are nowhere to be found . Come out guys , you must learn to take the good with the bad . Or is it you waiting for our first win to show your faces again . Excuse me for taking space for this but , WHERE ARE YOU GUYS NOW !!!!!! Win or Lose we stand Steadfast , Loyal , and True , how about you guys ???????? Seems you haven’t bought into that yet either .

    • sir lancelot

      Hey Amat 73
      Sorry we where on the plain. Just arrived in Texas. We will be cheering on our boys till the very end. We should all stick together as a family and support our boys. Super Sophs are now thee “elite juniors”. I hope you can make your way out here. #wearefamily #amstwillshine

      • AMAT 73

        sl,
        Well I don’t think you hired a prop job to take you out to Texas . Where were you guys on Saturday morning . I am in total agreement on supporting the Men in Blue as a whole . As I said it’s their time to shine and what better place then under the lights in Texas !!!!!! Wish I could make the trip but the links of Monterey are calling me . I will be there in spirit and maybe you can keep the less fortunate Family members posted as to the score via twitter . Have a great time and rep us well. AMAT WILL SHINE !!!!! The one sure way to being ELITE is to prove it on the field , until then we are just another PAC-5 team . What we are looking for are ELITE LANCERS , not just juniors !!!!
        PS
        Check your #amatwillshine , slight mistake there .

        • sir lancelot

          #amatwillshine just for you Amat 73

          • AMAT 73

            Thank you Sir and enjoy the game , I have a good feeling about this one , hope I’m right !

          • sir lancelot

            Well Amat73 it was a wonderful victory

        • sir lancelot

          It doesn’t matter I’m here now. You called us out so here I am. I will take your advice and take the lost like a champ and start posting win or lose.

    • OJneckslice

      AMAT 73 tough loss…I though you guys were going to pull it out… Also great post! Hopefully we see you guys in the PAC5 gauntlet…

  • Colt74

    Ok…I’ll be a homer. I see this as a winable game for BA.

    1. Tim Buchanan, their coach since 93 stepped down to the be AD for the district.

    2. Defensive Co – Steve Wood since 2002 has been named interim coach.

    3. 40% less players than last year ( 54 this year – 78 last year )

    4. Struggled in win against Cedar Park, and was one pass in the end zone away from losing. Cedar Park shows a 200+ man roster and is rated 66th in the state vs Aledo’s 7th.

    5. BA has more to prove than Aledo. You don’t travel to Texas to lose. Amat will be up for this game.

    6. I’m not knocking Aledo one bit. But they are not at the same level as in years past ( IMHO ).

    7. On paper ( To me ) I have Aledo a 3 point favorite, at most.

    As always…your milage may vary.

  • Lance R

    Well hoping the Lancers can shock them but they do look stacked so keeping it close would be a good thing. Hoping for a strong performance from our Lancers but the biggest thing is we come home without any major injuries playing a team like this. Can we compete? sure we can. Can we win? well anything is possible.