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Cedar Hill defense rebounds, bounces Hurst L.D. Bell, 13-10
Unit solid after being ‘embarrassed’ a week ago, holding L.D. Bell to 192 yards
BEDFORD — Cedar Hill coach Joey McGuire said his defense was embarrassed in a loss to Duncanville a week ago.
The defense more than made up for it with a sterling performance Friday night as Cedar Hell held on to defeat Hurst L.D. Bell, 13-10, in a Class 5A Division I Region I bi-district game at Pennington Field.
Cedar Hill (8-3), the champion from District 5-5A, will take on either Southlake Carroll or Plano East in an area-round game, set for 11 a.m. Nov. 19 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.
“Duncanville just flat-out embarrassed us last week, and there was a lot of talk about that this week,” said McGuire, whose team was coming off a 56-55 overtime loss.
On Friday, against a team Cedar Hill beat in last year’s bi-district round, the defenses set the tone.
Cedar Hill outgained Bell, 222 yards to 192. Cedar Hill lost a fumble, and Bell thought it had scored a touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter when Dylan Egloff picked up a fumbled punt and returned it 30 yards to the end zone. Officials, however, ruled that the ball couldn’t be advanced.
A fake punt led to Cedar Hill’s first touchdown. Faced with a fourth-and-5 at the Cedar Hill 47-yard line, Anthony Stephens took a direct snap and gained 22 yards.
Two plays later, quarterback Damion Hobbs scored on a 21-yard run to give Cedar Hill a 10-0 lead late in the first quarter.
Bell (6-5) drove for its first positive yards of the game on its next possession, scoring on a 1-yard sneak by quarterback Kyle Romano to get back in the game. The score came two plays after Cedar Hill celebrated an apparent Bell fumble, only for officials to rule that Bell had maintained possession.
Ryan Sparkman kicked a 40-yard field goal, his second field goal of the game, to give Cedar Hill its final points. Nate Kelly kicked a 20-yarder with 3:09 left in the third quarter to pull Bell back within three, but Cedar Hill blocked a late fourth-quarter attempt that could have tied the score.
Bell was coming off a bye last week and had an extra week to prepare for Cedar Hill.
“Every time [Bell] got the momentum, our kids just stepped up,” McGuire said.