Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Interception, pass breakup in end zone help Mansfield hold off Cedar Hill
CEDAR HILL — Two stellar second-half plays by junior defensive back J.T. Ibe helped pave the way for Mansfield’s 27-20 victory over Cedar Hill on Friday night at Longhorn Stadium.
Ibe ended one promising drive in the third quarter with an interception but was more proud of a game-saving pass breakup in the end zone in the fourth quarter.
“The interception was nice, but the game was on the line with that play in the end zone,” said Ibe.
Cedar Hill faced fourth-and-6 from the Mansfield 19, trailing by seven points with eight minutes to play, when quarterback Damion Hobbs lofted a pass for Texas A&M recruit Quincy Adeboyejo. The 6-3 receiver got both hands on the ball for an instant, but Ibe raked it away.
Mansfield had to withstand one more Cedar Hill possession that ended at midfield when Brandon Harris had to come back a yard short of the chain to catch Hobbs’ sideline pass on fourth down.
“Our defense was outstanding,” said Mansfield coach Jeff Hulme. “They played just like they practiced all week.”
Hulme said he believed the win clinched a playoff spot for Mansfield (6-3, 4-2 in District 7-5A), but still wanted to explore the tiebreaker possibilities.
Cedar Hill (5-4, 4-2), No. 12 in SportsDayHS Class 5A area rankings, came into the game with a playoff berth secured.
Frustration in scoring territory began for Cedar Hill early in the third quarter when it had to settle for a field goal after reaching the Mansfield 1.
Sophomore running back Julius Lewis led the Mansfield attack with 188 yards and two touchdowns, including the 28-yarder early in the third quarter that turned out to be the game-winner.
Linebacker Hayden Florence’s fumble recovery set up Mansfield’s go-ahead touchdown before halftime, culminating in Ryan LeRoy’s 2-yard run to make it 20-17 at the break.