Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Cedar Hill's strength on both sides carries it to semis against Lake Travis
Each day leading up to Saturday's semiffinals we will publish a capsule previewing the local teams in UIL football's final four.
CEDAR HILL VS. LAKE TRAVIS
CLASS 5A DIVISION II STATE SEMIFINAL
Cedar Hill (12-2) vs. Lake Travis (12-1)
1:30 p.m. Saturday at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco
Playoff road: d. Temple 39-35, d. Hebron 42-21, d. Abilene Cooper 28-23, d. Denton Ryan 52-29.
Best win: In a key District 7-5A showdown, Cedar Hill held one-loss Mansfield Timberview to 93 total yards of offense in a convincing 44-6 victory. Cedar Hill’s offense was just as good, gaining 441 yards and 29 first downs.
Last loss: 47-20 to DeSoto in a District 7-5A meeting on Sept. 20. DeSoto faces Allen in a 5A Division I semifinal Saturday.
Players to watch: Junior WR DaMarkus Lodge has 1,213 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns. He also rushed three times for 66 yards and two touchdowns against Denton Ryan in the Region I final. Senior RB Larry Hill has rushed for 1,025 yards and 20 touchdowns. Senior DE Xavier Washington has 60 tackles and 20 sacks.
Notable: Cedar Hill is seeking its second consecutive trip to the Division II championship. It lost to Katy in last year’s title game, 35-24. … Cedar Hill is one of the most balanced teams in the Dallas area, ranking eighth in total offense (424.6 yards per game) and sixth in total defense (257.4 ypg).
Playoff road: d. Round Rock Westwood 52-7, d. Atascocita 41-16, d. Jesuit 55-30, d. A&M Consolidated 21-7.
Best win: Lake Travis limited A&M Consolidated to 43 rushing yards and 150 total yards en route to a 21-7 victory in the Region II final. A&M Consolidated had beaten Longview, the District 12-5A champion, one week earlier.
Last loss: 25-19 to Converse Judson in the season opener.
Players to watch: Senior RB Varshaun Nixon, a Texas A&M pledge, has 229 carries for 1,680 yards and 23 touchdowns. Junior QB Dominic De Lira has 2,187 passing yards and 25 touchdowns. Senior DLs Zach Davies and Michael Islava have combined for 24 sacks.
Notable: Lake Travis won three state championships at Floyd Casey Stadium from 2007-09. … The team averages 203 rushing yards. Lake Travis eclipsed 300 rushing yards in playoffs wins against Westwood and Jesuit. … Lake Travis has gone on to win a state championship in each of its last five trips to the state semifinals.