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Two late TDs carry Cedar Hill to 19-10 win over Lake Travis in 5A Div. II semifinal
WACO — A shootout appeared to be in store between Lake Travis and Cedar Hill after two opening-drive touchdowns.
With a pair of explosive, big-play offenses, a shootout wouldn’t have been out of the ordinary.
But the remainder of the game was a defensive chess match, and Cedar Hill scored touchdowns on its final two series to claim a 19-10 victory in a Class 5A Division II semifinal Saturday at Floyd Casey Stadium.
It was the fewest points either team has scored this season.
Cedar Hill (13-2) advances to face unbeaten Katy, the defending state champion, in a rematch of last year’s title game at 8 p.m. Saturday at AT&T Stadium.
“People all year have been asking if I want a rematch with Katy,” Cedar Hill coach Joey McGuire said. “I want a state championship, I don’t care who we play.”
Cedar Hill went 38 minutes, 50 seconds without any points after its first touchdown. It trailed 7-6 at halftime and mustered only 15 yards and one first down in the third quarter.
Junior wide receiver DaMarkus Lodge caught a 13-yard touchdown pass with 4:51 remaining in the fourth quarter to give Cedar Hill the lead. It capped a 13-play, 91-yard drive that lasted nearly six minutes.
Running back Aca’cedric Ware added some cushion to the lead with a 24-yard touchdown on Cedar Hill’s next series.
Cedar Hill, which entered the game averaging 424.6 yards on offense, had just 259 on Saturday — and 129 of those came during the fourth quarter.
“We didn’t make any adjustments,” said Ware, who finished with 189 rushing yards. “We just knew we had to win. We executed the offense and did what we had to do to win.”
Lake Travis averaged 203 rushing yards this season but left with only 82 on Saturday. Running back Shaun Nixon, a Texas A&M pledge, gained 61 yards on 23 carries.
Cedar Hill junior linebacker Richard Moore made two big plays to get Lake Travis’ offense off the field after Lodge’s touchdown. He sacked quarterback Dominic De Lira on first down, then blew up a screen pass to Nixon for a loss of 8.
Moore, who picked up offers from Baylor, Arizona State and Houston in the last two weeks, had two sacks in the victory.
“They got us a few times on the screens,” Moore said, “and so Coach made me spy and go right to the running back on the screen, and it worked out perfectly.”
Cedar Hill completed only two passes — both touchdowns to Lodge, who now has 10 touchdowns during the postseason.
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