Written by Matt Wixon
Cedar Hill win gives D-FW sweep of 5A, 4A titles - for second time
ARLINGTON — The Dallas-Fort Worth area is still the only region of the state to sweep the top four UIL football crowns.
And now local teams have done it twice.
Cedar Hill capped a proud weekend for local schools with a 34-24 win over Katy in the Class 5A Division II title game late Saturday at AT&T Stadium.
Allen (5A Division I) and Aledo (4A Division II) won titles earlier Saturday, and Denton Guyer won the 4A Division I title Friday night.
The four teams matched the local sweep of 2005, when Euless Trinity, Southlake Carroll, Highland Park and Hebron won championships.
Since then, local teams hadn’t won more than two of the top four UIL championships.
Local teams finished with eight state championships overall. Five teams won UIL titles, including Argyle in 3A Division II. Three private schools also won championships: Fort Worth Nolan and First Baptist in TAPPS and Fort Worth All Saints in SPC, which includes schools from Oklahoma.
21-point swing: Cedar Hill led 10-0 before Katy scored three touchdowns in the span of 2:38 late in the second quarter. Katy started the streak with a 66-yard touchdown run by Rodney Anderson with 3:22 left, and then Cedar Hill fumbled the ball away on its next two possessions.
The second fumble was the most costly, as Katy’s JoVanni Stewart scooped it up and raced 77 yards for a touchdown to give Katy a 21-10 halftime lead.
“We went into halftime and we said we’ve been here before,” Cedar Hill coach Joey McGuire said. “We don’t make anything easy. That’s just not our MO as a team. We make everything hard.”
Katy then made it hard on itself in the fourth quarter by losing two fumbles and mishandling a snap on a punt.
Cedar Hill fumbled four times in the first half, losing two. The Longhorns were more sure-handed in the second half to avenge last year’s 35-24 loss to Katy in the 5A Division II title game.
Lodge gets rolling: Cedar Hill star receiver DaMarkus Lodge only touched the ball three times in the first half, — twice on short passes and once on a 42-yard run from a direct snap. but the junior was key to the Longhorns’ comeback in the second half.
On a fourth-and-2 late in the third quarter, Lodge ran 62 yards on a direct snap to cut Katy’s lead to 24-16. He later caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from Justin McMillan to give Cedar Hill the lead back for good with 6:02 left.
Lodge finished the season with 22 touchdown receptions, the most in the Dallas area. He was named the game’s offensive MVP.
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