Written by SportsDayDFW.com
2nd-ranked Cedar Hill latest squad shut down by Allen's stout defense
CEDAR HILL — Allen proved it could contend for a Class 5A state title last week after shutting out Southlake Carroll.
On Friday, the second-ranked Eagles looked very much like a title favorite, running over No. 4 Cedar Hill, 37-20, at Longhorn Stadium.
Allen (2-0) now owns two wins against teams ranked in the top five of SportsDay’s area rankings.
“We’ve proved a lot of people wrong,” running back Jeff Harris said. “We’re going to keep doing that.”
The vaunted Cedar Hill offense that scored 54 points against Denton Guyer, formerly the top-ranked team in Class 4A, was nowhere to be found. Allen’s defense was largely responsible for that.
The Longhorns’ five first-half possessions resulted in an interception, a fumble, two punts and a touchdown with 48 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
Coupled with last week’s shutout, Allen went 71 minutes, 12 seconds without allowing any points.
The Eagles jumped out to a 21-0 lead with touchdowns from three players on consecutive drives during the first half.
They pounded away at Cedar Hill (1-1) on the ground, amassing 203 of their 348 rushing yards in the first half.
Harris ran for 154 yards and two touchdowns, including a 40-yard score late in the third quarter that gave Allen a 35-7 lead. Marcus Ward added 117 rushing yards and a touchdown.
“The blocking tonight was really good,” Harris said. “They just executed. They stayed on their blocks and it opened up the run game for us.”
Cedar Hill’s offensive line looked overwhelmed and overmatched by Allen’s defensive front.
The Longhorns’ longest drive of the first half lasted 12 plays, and it was cut short by three consecutive sacks, two by Tay Evans and one by Oliver Pierce.
“We just got after it,” Evans said. “We made the right calls and attacked.”
Cedar Hill running back Laquvionte Gonzalez, a Texas A&M pledge, rushed for only 5 yards in the first half. He came alive in the second, though, and finished with 145 yards, including an 83-yard score in the fourth.
But it all came too late.
Allen finished off Cedar Hill’s hopes for a comeback with a safety midway through the fourth quarter, when quarterback Damion Hobbs was flagged for intentional grounding in the end zone.