Written by Corbett Smith
Denvre Daniels helps Cedar Hill prevent late Denton Guyer comeback
CEDAR HILL — Just when it looked like the game might be slipping away, Cedar Hill’s Denvre Daniels slipped out of the backfield.
Less than a minute after Denton Guyer chipped Cedar Hill’s lead to a field goal with 4:25 remaining, Daniels took a perfectly blocked swing pass 71 yards for a game-clinching touchdown. Cedar Hill’s defense stopped Guyer quarterback and Texas pledge Jerrod Heard on fourth-and-2 on the following drive, securing a 38-28 win at Longhorn Stadium.
“My teammates set up an awesome block for me, my wide receivers,” Daniels said. “I just saw the hole, and I went.”
The play came at the right time for Cedar Hill (1-0), last season’s 5A Division II runners-up. Guyer (0-1) fell down 31-7 less than three minutes into the third quarter but stormed back behind a potent running game. Guyer rushed for 296 yards, with Heard and senior running back D.J. Breedlove both over 100 yards. Three straight running scores, capped by Breedlove’s two-yard score with 4:25 remaining, pulled Guyer within 31-28.
“The worst thing that you can do is not answer a score with a score or with a long drive,” Cedar Hill coach Joey McGuire said. “We were out there a long time, had a three-and-out and then went right back out there.”
McGuire called it “a tale of two halves.” His team scored on four of its first five drives, with quarterback Justin McMillan and receiver DaMarkus Lodge connecting for two long passes — including a 45-yard touchdown. Lodge had four catches for 108 yards at halftime, as Cedar Hill led 24-7.
Facing a team with so much speed, Guyer coach John Walsh said it took his players several series to adjust.
“We’re not going to see anyone as fast as them until maybe playoff time,” Walsh said. “It shocked us and we weren’t ready for it, but we got used to it as the game progressed.”
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