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Playoff roundup: Cedar Hill rolls past Hebron; Keller Fossil Ridge advances
ARLINGTON – In Cedar Hill’s run to last year’s Class 5A Division II state final, junior receiver Demarkus Lodge was a relatively anonymous underclassman. After two rounds of this year’s playoffs, Lodge is anything but low-profile.
A 6-3, 190-pounder, Lodge had four first-half touchdown catches Saturday night as Cedar Hill beat Hebron, 42-21, at AT&T Stadium in the final game of a quadrupleheader. Lodge finished with six catches for 129 yards.
Cedar Hill (10-2) will play Abilene Cooper (8-4) at 2 p.m. Saturday at Tarleton State in a 5A Division II Region I semifinal.
Being heavily recruited by Texas A&M, Texas, Baylor and Ohio State, Lodge gave Cedar Hill a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter as he turned a quick out route into a 41-yard touchdown by turning upfield and racing untouched into the end zone.
Lodge had just six catches for 59 yards as a sophomore and didn’t have a catch in a state final loss to Katy. But he blossomed quickly into a starter last spring and had 50 catches for 997 yards and 15 touchdowns in Cedar Hill’s first 11 games, including nine catches for 246 yards and two touchdowns in a bi-district playoff victory over Temple last week.
Cedar Hill led 14-0 after Lodge’s second touchdown, a 27-yard pass from lefty quarterback Justin McMillan.
Hebron pulled within 14-7 as senior Jamal Adams returned the kickoff 77 yards. Adams, a highly regarded senior defensive back with college offers from around the country, was part of a Hebron secondary unable to slow down Lodge. Adams scored Hebron’s second touchdown on his first carry as a receiver by taking a 24-yard jet sweep for a score late in the third quarter.
Cedar Hill took a 21-7 lead on a fourth-and-6 pass to Lodge, which turned into a 39-yard touchdown. McMillan scrambled to his left, waved Lodge upfield and lofted a pass beyond the secondary for Lodge’s third scoring catch.
On a third-and-goal play at Hebron’s 14, Lodge again worked his way open for a touchdown pass to give Cedar Hill a three-score lead in the final seconds of the half. Cedar Hill scored on its first possession of the second half as junior receiver/running back Denvre Daniels took a direct snap for a 5-yard touchdown run up the middle.
Keller Fossil Ridge 39, San Angelo Central 7
ABILENE — Keller Fossil Ridge overcame an icy field at Shotwell Stadium to advance to the third round of the playoffs for the second time in school history.
Leading 12-7, Fossil Ridge (9-3) lost a fumble inside the San Angelo Central 5-yard line on the first drive of the third quarter. But with Central (10-2) facing third-and-10 on the ensuing possession, Charlie Walker intercepted a pass and returned it 23 yards for a touchdown to increase Fossil Ridge’s lead to 18-7.
After Fossil Ridge forced a quick three-and-out and a short punt against a stiff wind, wide receiver Ryan Parker hauled in his first touchdown of the game on a slant route from 35 yards out for a 25-7 lead. Parker had a pair of second-half touchdown receptions and finished with seven catches for 92 yards.
Longview 27, McKinney Boyd 10
Dezmon Chumley accounted for 200 yards and three scores as Longview came from behind to defeat McKinney Boyd in the Class 5A Division II Region II area round at Wildcat-Ram Stadium.
Longview outscored Boyd, 20-0, in the second half and scored all 20 of those points in a span of 2 minutes, 25 seconds in the third quarter. Boyd committed turnovers on four of its six second-half possessions.
Longview scored twice in a 17-second span in the third quarter to make it a 3-score game. Laurent Johnson recovered a fumble at the Boyd 30. Five plays later Longview went ahead 20-10 with 6:02 remaining in the third quarter when starting tailback Jamycal Hasty passed 10 yards to Chumley. Hasty ran right and threw back across to a wide open Chumley in the end zone.
Travin Howard recovered a Boyd fumble on the next play from scrimmage and returned it 25 yards to make it 27-10. Jakoriyan Walker and Howard each intercepted Boyd passes deep in Longview territory in the fourth quarter.
Longview started the second half scoring by marching 64 yards. The drive ended with Chumley passing seven yards to Jordan Whitaker to give Longview a 13-10 lead.
Kicker Andres Perez missed a 39 yard field goal on the first series of the game after Longview’s opening drive stalled. Longview took a 7-0 lead on its third series of the game when Chumley passed 13 yards to Dorian Leonard with 32 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
The second quarter belonged to Boyd. Boyd answered the Longview score with a 17-play scoring drive of its own. Junior tailback Dedrick Scrivens scored on a five yard run with 5:03 remaining in the second quarter to even the score.
Longview appeared to be on its way to answering the Boyd score but Jamycal Hasty fumbled on 1st and 10 at the Boyd 14. This would be Longview’s only drive in the second quarter.
Boyd followed with 14-play drive and went ahead 10-7 with four seconds remaining before half when Cameron Powell kicked a 25 yard field goal. Boyd ran 29 offensive plays in the second quarter compared to seven for Longview.
Time of possession changed drastically for both clubs. Boyd ran 39 offensive plays in the first half and only 21 in the second. Longview ran only 25 first half plays but ran 38 plays in the second.
Longview finished with 249 yards rushing and 380 total yards. Hasty finished 35 carries for 170 yards and accounted for 191 total yards. Chumley completed seven of 13 pass attempts for 121 yards.
Curtis Ladd accounted for 253 total yards to lead Boyd. Scrivens rushed 22 times for 79 yards.
Longview will play A&M Consolidated next Saturday at 4pm at Midlothian.
Prestonwood Christian 35, Tomball Concordia 10
GEORGETOWN — Plano Prestonwood Christian’s young offensive core helped the Lions clinch a berth in the TAPPS Division I semifinal with 35-10 win against Tomball Concordia Lutheran at Birkelbach Field in Georgetown.
Sophomore quarterback Ryan Cash completed 4-of-7 passes for 97 yards and connected with fellow sophomores Ryan Bradberry and Jonathan Heasley for touchdowns. Bradberry also added a 41-yard touchdown run on a play that looked like he had been stopped in the backfield.
The Lions (11-1) defense controlled the line of scrimmage for most of the game against the Crusaders (6-6) triple-option attack and only allowed 3.19 yards per rush. When the Crusaders did pass they only completed 4-of-11 attempts and JR Reed turned an attempted screen pass into a pick-6 for the Lions.
Prestonwood Christian hasn’t allowed a point in the first half this postseason and has outscored its opponents by a combined 86-17 in two games.
Fort Worth Nolan 20, Houston St. Thomas 14
TEAGUE, Texas — Luke Alves scored on a 7-yard run in overtime to give Fort Worth Nolan a win over Houston St. Thomas in a TAPPS Division I state quarterfinal.
Nolan (8-4) overcame a 14-0 deficit early in the third quarter. Nolan senior defensive back Stephen Jolissaint returned an interception 55 yards with 2:53 left in the fourth quarter to force overtime.
In overtime, Nolan won the toss and elected to play defense first. St. Thomas lost a yard on three plays, and a 43-yard field goal attempt was short.
After a 15-yard personal foul on St. Thomas, Alves needed just two attempts to score the winning touchdown.
St. Thomas (10-1) scored on a 2-yard run in the second quarter by reserve quarterback Michael Keating and a 29-yard touchdown pass from Michael Reul to Christoper Zook.
Nolan pulled within 14-7 in the third quarter on David Authier’s 2-yard run, setting up Jolissaint’s heroics late in the fourth quarter.
TCA-Addison 31, Bishop Dunne 0
CORSICANA — Nahshon Ellerbe rushed for 230 yards and four touchdowns to lead TCA-Addison over Bishop Dunne in a TAPPS Division I state quarterfinal.
TCA-Addison (9-3) will play district rival Prestonwood Christian in the state semifinals. Prestonwood beat TCA-Addison, 44-33, in the regular season en route to winning the district title.
TCA-Addison jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter, getting a pair of touchdown runs from Ellerbe and a 32-yard field goal by Alexander Beiersdorf.
Ellerbe added a 49-yard scoring run in the third quarter and a 45-yard scoring jaunt late in the fourth quarter to close the scoring.
While Ellerbe carried the offensive load, the defense also made several big plays to keep Bishop Dunne (7-5) out of the end zone. That included a pair of stops inside the TCA-Addison 1-yard line in the third quarter to turn away Bishop Dunne’s best scoring drive.
Dallas Christian 21, FW Christian 10
MIDLOTHIAN — Dominique Weaver caught four passes for 100 yards, including a go-ahead 22-yard touchdown pass with 7:05 left, as Dallas Christian won a TAPPS Division II state quarterfinal.
Dallas Christian (12-0) will play Midland Christian next Saturday at Bulldog Stadium in Clyde, Texas.
Jake Kane put Fort Worth Christian (8-4) ahead, 10-7, with a 39-yard field goal in the third quarter.
After going ahead 14-10 on Brody Frazier’s touchdown pass to Weaver, Dallas Christian stopped Fort Worth Christian on fourth down at its 23-yard line. On the ensuing play, Dallas Christian’s Taylor Carson ran 77 yards for a touchdown.
Argyle Liberty Christian 48, Austin St. Michael's 36
WACO -- Argyle Liberty Christian racked up the offensive yards, scored on its first six possessions of the game and its defense stepped up to make key stops in a 48-36 victory over Austin St. Michael's in a TAPPS Division I quarterfinal game.
Liberty Christian (9-3) will face district rival Fort Worth Nolan in a TAPPS Division I semifinal next week.
Liberty Christian running back JonAaron Howell gained 241 yards and scored twice, while quarterback Colby Moore rushed for another 134 yards and three touchdowns. The Warriors built a 42-17 lead thanks to scoring on their first six possessions, a streak that lasted well into the third quarter.
St. Michael's (9-3) tried everything to get back into the game. But Liberty's defense did more than enough to preserve the lead, thanks to an exceptional pass rush that keep quarterback Reed Carlton under wraps most of the half. Carlton finished with 28 yards rushing and 145 yards passing. Jameson Houston, his top target, caught 6 passes 126 yards and a touchdown.