FORT WORTH — Aubrey and Godley put on a November fireworks show in their Class 4A Division II bi-district playoff game Friday at Brewer's Bear Stadium. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, the Chaparrals had the bigger firecracker and topped the Wildcats, 56-42.
Things looked good for the Wildcats early when Aubrey (5-6) fumbled the opening kickoff and Godley scored on a Kolby Bartlett four-yard run four plays later.
But Aubrey bounced right back with three unanswered touchdowns to take a 21-7 lead. Godley made it a one-score game on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Ethan McBrayer to Caden Midkiff.
The Wildcats were then threatening to tie it but Aubrey's defense forced two sacks to stop Godley. It turned into a big swing as the Chaparrals scored on a 33-yard pass with 20 seconds left to take a 28-14 lead into halftime.
The third quarter got really interesting as the Wildcats fumbled the second half kickoff, and Aubrey capitalized, extending its lead to 21 points.
But Godley refused to give in and matched the Chaparrals blow for blow and score for score the rest of the way. Unfortunately the Wildcats could not produce the defensive stop they needed to cut into Aubrey’s lead as the Chaps maintained a one- to two-score lead the rest of the way.
McBrayer threw for 302 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Brenen Hawkins scored on a 55-yard pass in the third and totaled five catches for 105 yards. Bartlett scored twice and had 60 yards on the ground. Drew Coleman came up with several crucial plays and had four catches for 61 yards.
Aubrey racked up 500 total yards, including 386 rushing yards, led by J.J. Cooke's 140 yards on 18 carries and Jose Noyola's 112 yards on 22 carries.
Godley's season ends with an 8-3 overall record in coach Curtis Lowery's first year at the helm.