Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Senior DE Xavier Washington (five sacks, fumble recovery) carries Cedar Hill over Duncanville, 23-6
DUNCANVILLE — On a night when the Cedar Hill defense showed its dominant side, defensive end Xavier Washington stood above the others.
With five sacks, two more quarterback hits and a fumble recovery, the senior defensive end was the main man in a 23-6 victory over Duncanville on Friday night at Panther Stadium.
The teams emerged with identical records, 3-2 for the season and 1-1 in District 7-5A.
“The coaches gave us a great game plan and put us in the right spot,” said Washington, who is considering offers but has not yet made a college commitment. “The main thing was we concentrated on just doing our job.”
Cedar Hill coach Joey McGuire said in a 47-20 loss to DeSoto last week, he felt players were spending too much time on things out of their control.
“We were embarrassed on the defensive side against DeSoto,” McGuire said. “Of course, a lot of it had to do with DeSoto. But we didn’t do our job.”
Cedar Hill, No. 5 in SportsDay’s Class 5A area rankings, was particularly dominant in the first half, when it limited Duncanville’s offense to only 35 yards. The Panthers, ranked No. 15, came in averaging 461 yards per game, fifth-best among Class 5A area teams. And Duncanville ranked seventh in scoring at 43 points a game.
Seven Duncanville first-half possessions resulted in five punts and two turnovers.
“My job was to make their quarterback uncomfortable,” Washington said.
Cedar Hill turned first-half fumble recoveries by Washington and Demarcie Perry into 10 points, helping the Longhorns carry a 23-0 lead to the break.
Junior quarterback Justin McMillan connected with Denvre Daniels on a 17-yard scoring pass and Peter Lewis finished off second-quarter drives with touchdown runs of 11 and 6 yards.
Lewis rushed for a game-high 123 yards.
Duncanville ended the shutout with 4:41 remaining with a long drive ending in a 29-yard touchdown pass from Jeremiah Drake to Paul White.
Cedar Hill has won seven of the last eight meetings between the schools.