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TEMPLE — Mesquite Horn entered with 3-7 record and Temple had the home-field advantage in Friday night’s Class 6A Division II bi-district playoff game, yet coach Scott Stewart and the Wildcats knew how talented and explosive the visiting Jaguars were.

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Whether it’s in district or nondistrict, and whether it’s at Wildcat Stadium or Panther Stadium, the Waco Midway Panthers keep coming up with ways to defeat Temple. And for the Wildcats, that’s a very painful and frustrating feeling.

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TEMPLE — Temple scored 43 points or more for the third time in three games this season and racked up 555 yards total offense, but the number that looked especially good to the Wildcats in Friday night’s District 12-6A opener was Harker Heights’ point total on the scoreboard at soggy Wildcat …

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TEMPLE — An interception by Hunter Aviles that led to Anthony Jackson’s 15-yard touchdown run. A 54-yard scoring pass from Jared Wiley to Quentin Johnston. A Monto President Jr. interception that set up Wiley’s 2-yard scoring toss to Bobby Johnson, followed by Wiley’s 20-yard TD strike to Johnston.

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ARLINGTON — Not known for a wide array of trickery in its schemes, Temple opened up the playbook and fired everything it had at Aledo to fuel a second-half rally Saturday afternoon that gave the Wildcats a fourth-quarter lead.

Aledo provided the final salvo in the form of a last-minute touchdown for a 49-45 victory in the Class 5A Division I state championship game, but at least Temple left AT&T Stadium without the burden of any unused ammunition in its barrel.

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ARLINGTON — The football was in midair, the back-and-forth game was in the balance and the hearts of both teams’ fans were in their throats.

Senior tight end Chris Minter was in the end zone for Temple; senior quarterback-turned-emergency safety Luke Bishop was there for Aledo.

With a leaping interception of Chad President’s deep pass as time expired, Bishop brought jubilation and the Class 5A Division I state championship to the Bearcats and heartbreak to the Wildcats.

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It doesn’t get any closer than the District 8-5A race heading into Week 6 of the high school football season.

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