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Cedar Hill, behind DaMarkus Lodge, uses huge 2nd half to defeat Temple and advance to area
WACO — Cedar Hill outscored Temple 32-7 in the second half to rally for a 39-35 win in a Class 5A Division II Region I bi-district playoff game at Floyd Casey Stadium on Saturday.
The comeback was led by junior receiver DaMarkus Lodge, who had nine receptions for 246 yards and two touchdowns — all in the second half. Cedar Hill (9-2) advanced to play Hebron at 8 p.m. Saturday at AT&T Stadium.
Temple (7-4) jumped out to a 28-7 lead at halftime on the strength of junior running back Jeff Carr, who broke loose on scoring runs of 58 and 62 yards. Carr ran for 192 yards on 26 carries.
Cedar Hill began its march back into the game on its first drive of the third quarter as Lodge hauled in a 47-yard pass from quarterback Justin McMillan to set up Cedar Hill inside the Temple 10-yard line. Lodge capped the drive with a 7-yard touchdown reception to cut the lead to 28-13.
After a quick Temple three-and-out, Lodge struck again with a 61-yard reception to put Cedar Hill inside the 10. This drive was capped by a 5-yard run by junior running back Aca’cedric Ware, who finished the game with 120 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
Temple answered on its next drive, extending its lead to 35-19 on an 8-yard touchdown pass from Chase Truelove to Chris Minter on fourth-and-4.
Down 35-25 midway through the fourth quarter, Cedar Hill’s defense got a key stop, as Temple turned the ball over on downs after moving to Cedar Hill’s 13. An 87-yard scoring drive on the ensuing possession was finished by a 43-yard scoring run from Ware to cut the lead to 35-32.
Cedar Hill forced a Temple three-and-out, then was helped by a short punt into the wind. Ware scored the game-winning touchdown on a 17-yard run to put Cedar Hill ahead, 39-35, with a little more than three minutes remaining.
Temple marched to the Cedar Hill 13, but an interception by Cedar Hill’s Demarcie Perry ended the threat and sealed the win with less than a minute remaining.
“We didn’t make a lot of adjustments, we just executed a lot better in the second half,” Cedar Hill coach Joey McGuire said. “[Temple] did a great job on offense, and we knew what kind of team they had, but we really played well in the second half. We have a history of comebacks in the playoffs, we’ve won games like this in the past, and we kept telling the kids that and they got it done.”