Written by Corbett Smith
Cedar Hill escapes fourth-quarter shootout with 24-21 win over Guyer
ARLINGTON — What a difference a quarter makes.
For three quarters, it looked like the 2011 rendition of the Cedar Hill-Denton Guyer match-up at the Kirk Herbstreit National Kickoff Classic would be more defensive slugfest than offensive track meet.
That is, until Cedar Hill receiver Laquvionte Gonzalez and Denton Guyer quarterback Jerrod Heard finally got going.
Gonzalez and Heard traded big plays in a fourth quarter reminiscent of last year's high-flying overtime shootout.
Gonzalez's 46-yard touchdown off a simple screen pass from Andre Anderson was the difference in a 24-21 Cedar Hill win.
The catch gave Cedar Hill a 10-point lead with 7:10 remaining in the game. Gonzalez finished with six catches for 118 yards.
Cedar Hill (1-1) — No. 11 in the SportsDayHS area rankings — held No. 9 Guyer (1-1) to six first downs and forced four turnovers in the first three quarters.
Heard, a sophomore, scuffled until the fourth. In the first quarter, an ill-advised jump pass from Heard, intercepted by Kiedric Berry, eventually resulted in Cedar Hill's first touchdown.
Guyer had three first-half turnovers, all in Cedar Hill territory.
Heard, though, got hot late, hitting touchdown passes of 44 and 66 yards, the latter to Ellis Jefferson to close Cedar Hill's lead to 24-21 with 6:20 remaining.
But Cedar Hill embarked on a 14-play drive to the run out the clock, Anderson converting a rollout pass to Jalon Gentry on 4th and 4 with less than two minutes remaining to seal the win.