A week ago, Matt Bishop (Aledo, Texas) entered the Texas Class 4A Division II state championships simply as “the quarterback who handed off to Johnathan Gray.” After last Saturday, he earned the title of "Offensive MVP.”
After leading Aledo to its third consecutive state title, Bishop now focus his attention on college recruiting. It was Bishop -- and not the Texas commit and five-star running back Gray -- who was named the state title game’s most valuable player on offense. Bishop completed 14 of 17 passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for two touchdowns in Aledo’s 49-28 win over Manvel, Texas.
“It’s special. I give all the credit to my offensive line for sure,” Bishop said of being named the offensive MVP. “I couldn’t have done it without all of them. I’m just lucky to have J. Gray on my team, so it made it a little easier for me.”
While playoff teams seemed to key on Gray all season, Bishop quietly put together a spectacular season and became a dangerous dual threat. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound quarterback threw for 2,986 yards and 32 touchdowns with only six interceptions on the season. He also rushed for 550 yards and eight touchdowns.
Pretty phenomenal numbers for a player who had a player in his backfield who rushed for 3,891 yards and 65 touchdowns this year.
“Playing in a district where you hand the ball off to [Gray] six times and he scores five, sure it gets a little boring,” Bishop joked. “It’s good to have him in the playoffs. Winning three [titles] with him is unbelievable.
“In the playoffs, teams come in and try to stop J. Gray. They’re usually good enough when they stack the box to do that, but it gives us the opportunity to do something. Receivers have got to catch, I’ve got to make the right passes, and the offensive line’s got to block.”
Bishop said his recruiting currently involves FCS and Division II schools. Stephen F. Austin is one of his frontrunners right now, but he is hoping his state-championship performance will bolster his interest.