MIDLOTHIAN -- Trading touchdown after touchdown, it was a turnover in the first half that was the difference Saturday as Cedar Hill beat Waco Midway 49-34 in a Class 5A Division II state quarterfinal at Midlothian Multi-Purpose Stadium.
Jonathan Buffin returned a fumble 80 yards to turn a 21-14 lead into a two-score lead that never dropped below seven points the rest of the way. Larry Hill put the game away with a 45-yard score with 1:37 remaining.
Cedar Hill (10-4) advances to the 5A Division II state semifinals against Austin Westlake (10-4), at 2 p.m. Saturday at Waco ISD Stadium.
Midway (13-1), which had only stopped Cedar Hill once in the contest, forced a punt with 7:03 left in the game. Taking over at its 25 Midway went three-and-out and got a 61-yard punt to pin the Longhorns at their 14-yard line.
Cedar Hill then marched down the field until Hill's 45-yard run sealed the victory. After an interception they ran the last minute off the clock.
Cedar Hill quarterback Damion Hobbs, an Arkansas State commit, completed 17 of 20 passes for 188 yards to lead an offense that compiled 439 yards. Of those receptions 11 of them went to Texas A&M commit Quincy Adeboyejo for 129 yards and two scores.
Trailing by two scores at the half, Midway's B.J. Kelly, who finished the game with 55 yards on 28 carries and four scores, went in from 3 yards out with 8:32 to go in the third. But Midway couldn't stop Cedar Hill as the Longhorns got a 28-yard pass from Hobbs to Adeboyejo.
The game was tied 7-7 after one, but didn't stay that way for long as just over a minute into the second quarter Hobbs took off up the middle breaking a tackle and scoring from 38 yards out. Midway answered with a 100-yard kickoff return from DeChaar Greer to tie it at 14.
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