Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Sweep of 5A, 4A titles proves the Dallas-area produces best high school football teams in Texas
ARLINGTON — Cedar Hill’s come-from-behind victory against Katy left little doubt as to where the balance of power in Texas high school football resides.
The Dallas-Fort Worth area is the only region to capture state titles in the two largest classifications, and it accomplished that feat and more for the second time this weekend.
Argyle in Class 3A, Denton Guyer and Aledo in Class 4A and Allen in Class 5A preceded Cedar Hill in victory, giving D-FW five wins in five games and putting an exclamation point on a dominating football season in North Texas.
“I can surely say this area produces the best football,” Cedar Hill quarterback Justin McMillan said. “There’s just tons of talent around D-FW, and it’s going to be here for a long time.”
All of Saturday’s championships were decided by at least two scores.
Allen dominated Pearland, 63-28. Aledo, the highest-scoring team in high school football history, dispatched Brenham, 38-10. And Cedar Hill scored 24 consecutive points in its 34-24 victory against Katy, avenging last year’s loss in the state final.
Proving the area’s might, most of the state champions faced far greater tests in the state semifinals against North Texas foes.
No. 1 Allen needed a late comeback to beat No. 2 DeSoto, 42-35, in one of the season’s most memorable games. That same day, Guyer scored 22 points in the fourth quarter to give Highland Park the slip, 22-16, and Ennis held Aledo scoreless in the first half before falling, 29-6.
Then there’s Cedar Hill, which established itself as the best two-loss team in the state after defeats against Allen and DeSoto early in the season.
“I feel like not only does the metroplex have the best football, but 7-5A plays the best brand of football,” Cedar Hill coach Joey McGuire said. “We showed it today. I’m proud of our kids, and I’m really proud of the metroplex.”
There is a compelling argument that D-FW produced the best football teams in the nation.
The final rankings at NationalHSFootball.com included eight D-FW teams in the top 60: Allen (2), DeSoto (5), Cedar Hill (8), Coppell (20), Euless Trinity (27), Southlake Carroll (28), Denton Guyer (41) and Aledo (54).
That’s more than any other area in the nation by a wide margin.
“There are so many great teams in such a compact radius,” national high school football analyst Dallas Jackson said. “It is extremely impressive. South Florida is close, but in 2013 it is without a doubt D-FW and then everyone else.”
Since 2005 — when the Dallas-Fort Worth area last swept the 4A and 5A titles — the area has claimed 19 championships in Class 4A and 5A.
Houston is a distant second with eight, and Austin is third with six.
“D-FW has the best athletes in the nation,” Cedar Hill junior wide receiver DaMarkus Lodge said. “We have some of the best football teams in the nation. We’re a hard area to beat.”