Two years ago, the Reedy High School football team finished with three wins and seven losses. It wasn’t a winning season, but for a team making its varsity debut and playing without any seniors, it was a pretty good start.
Two years later, Reedy is looking to finish what it has started this season. Reedy has made its way to a 5A Division II state quarterfinal, where it will play Aledo on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Northwest ISD Stadium in Justin. A big reason why Reedy is still playing is a talented senior class that coach Chad Cole said has had “100 percent buy in” since the beginning of the program.
“They’ve had this in their sights since they’ve started,” Cole said. “Those guys were really determined to put us in this position.”
Reedy and Aledo are each 13-0, but many people consider Aledo the clear favorite in the matchup of unbeatens. Reedy probably wouldn’t agree, especially considering the Lions haven’t won a game by less than 19 points since the second week of the season. But Reedy shouldn’t feel disrespected by people who expect Aledo to win.
Aledo usually does win, after all. “Usually” really isn’t the right word, considering the Bearcats have won 44 of their last 45 games dating back to the 2016 season. Aledo lost in the state title game last season, but the Bearcats have won six state championships in the last nine years.
Reedy, on the other hand, didn’t get started until 2016. The Lions made the playoffs last year, but their first three playoff wins in school history came this season. The Lions might be the king of their jungle so far this season, but the Bearcats have ruled over their football landscape for years.
“They’re one of the marquee programs in the state,” Cole said of Aledo. “It’s really neat for our kids, because if they want to be considered in that class, then they need to go square off against a high-caliber opponent like this.”
A Reedy victory would put it in the 5A Division II state semifinals next week. It would also equal the most victories by an FISD team in a season since Lone Star finished 14-2 and advanced to the 5A Division II title game in 2015.