Aubrey came close to mastering all phases of the game in a 41-0 blowout win over Ferris Friday night at the Birdville ISD Fine Arts/Athletic Complex in North Richland Hills.
Six Aubrey players scored touchdowns in the bi-district playoff.
The Chaparrals (7-4) earned the school’s first playoff win since 2009 and its first shutout of the year. After starting the season 0-3, Aubrey has won seven of its past eight games. Ferris ended its season with a 3-8 record.
“Our kids were really ready to play tonight,” Aubrey coach Keith Ivy said. “They came out with great effort and really executed well.
“We get a bi-district championship and take it back to Aubrey. I am super proud of these kids. We had good preparation throughout the season, and now it’s paying off.”
Aubrey had 308 yards rushing on the night, and the Chaparrals’ defense held Ferris to only 63 yards on the ground. Aubrey’s Jon Delbosque led all rushers with 112 yards.
The defense set up Aubrey’s first touchdown. Gatlin Grisso recovered a Ferris fumble and returned it to the 11-yard line in the first quarter. Delbosque took three plays to score on a four-yard run.
Delbosque broke open with a 21-yard run to set up another score for the Chaparrals. Aubrey had an eight-play, 50-yard drive capped by a one-yard touchdown run by Taner Kemmerer. Aubrey led 14-0 after the first quarter.
Aubrey linebacker Ross Brumley stopped a Ferris drive with a sack on third down early in the second quarter. Then Tanner Gardiner blocked a Ferris punt and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown to give Aubrey a 21-0 lead.
The Yellow Jackets came alive in the second quarter on a 21-yard run to the Aubrey 43. Ferris advanced on another 11-yard run before Aubrey’s Tyler Loftin upended quarterback Dylan Wright for a seven-yard loss. The drive ended with two incomplete passes.
Aubrey featured a trick play late in the half. Hunter Hazen lateraled on a hook-and-ladder to Pablo Vera for 27 yards to the Ferris 24. Grayson Grisso later ran 18-yards on a quarterback keeper to give the Chaparrals a 28-0 lead at halftime.
In the third quarter, Aubrey’s Tanner Gardiner intercepted a Wright pass on the 39-yard drive. Vera then ran 39 yards for a touchdown to give the Chaparrals a 35-0 lead.
Grayson Grisso later ran 13 yards, completed a 17-yard pass to Brumley and ran 23 yards to the Ferris 2. Anthony Rouk ran it in for the score early in the fourth quarter. After a missed extra point, Aubrey led 41-0.
Ferris threatened with a 20-yard pass to the Aubrey 32 late in the game. Rouk intercepted the ball on the 11-yard line four plays later to preserve the Aubrey shutout.