When Aledo (Texas) High School wide reciever Ryan Newsome crossed the goal line on a 28-yard touchdown pass from Luke Bishop on Saturday afternoon, he did more than put his team up 17-3 just 59 seconds before halftime, he crossed the threshold into history. Newsome's touchdown pushed Aledo over 1,000 for the season, making his Bearcats the first team in high school football history.
Aledo - the same team accused of bullying following a 91-0 win earlier this season - claimed the Class 4A Division II championship, the school's four state title in five years, with a perfect 16-0 record. The final score: Aledo 1,023, Opponents 140.
As far as we can tell, Aledo is the first team at any level of American football to score 1,000 points in a season.
The Bearcats set the national high school scoring record with two games to spare, topping the 903 points scored by previous record-holder Albermale (N.C.) High School in 2001. Division II Pittsburg State (Kan.) set the NCAA record with 837 points in 15 games back in 2004. Sioux Falls (S.D.) set the NAIA record in 2009 with 775 points in 15 games. And the infamous 18-1 New England Patriots team of 2007 holds the NFL record with 589 points in 16 games and 655 points in 19 games.
Here's how Aledo racked up its 1,023 points this season:
vs. Highland Park - Win, 44-3
vs. Stephenville - Win, 56-14
vs. Prepa Tech (Monterey, Mexico) - Win, 49-0
at Fort Worth Arlington Heights - Win, 84-7
vs. Fort Worth South Hills - Win, 77-16
at Fort Worth Wyatt - Win, 84-7
vs. Fort Worth Western Hills - Win, 91-0
at Fort Worth Southwest - Win, 59-13
vs. Granbury - Win, 72-6
at Fort Worth Trimble Tech - Win, 66-10
vs. Burleson* - Win, 76-6
vs. Saginaw Boswell* - Win, 75-14
vs. Canyon* - Win, 54-14
vs. Wichita Falls* - Win, 69-14
vs. Ennis* - Win, 29-6
vs. Brehnam* - Win, 38-10
* - playoff game