CEDAR HILL — Injuries left Mansfield Timberview without quarterback Tevin Muse and defensive back Brandon Simmons for much of Friday night.
Those losses were enough to stall the Timberwolves as Cedar Hill rolled to a 44-6 District 7-5A win at Longhorn Stadium.
The loss dropped Timberview (6-2, 3-2) to third place in district and cemented the Longhorns (6-2, 4-1) in second.
“With Tevin hurt, I just really didn’t know what he’d have with him tonight,” Timberview coach James Brown said. “We didn’t have confidence on offense, though at all, and with Brandon out, we just really struggled all night.”
Muse, who has 582 passing yards for the season, played the first two series before soreness from an injury last week forced backup Myron Gailliard into the game, making the Wolves a predominantly running team.
Cedar Hill’s front four were up to the task, holding Timberview’s offense to 78 total yards, including 13 plays of zero or negative yards. Timberview ran only 12 offensive plays in the second half, gaining 21 yards and no first downs.
The Longhorns, who had a field goal and a fumble return for touchdown to open the game, finally got in the end zone early in the second quarter.
Running back Aca’cedric Ware capped a nine-play, 40-yard drive with a 20-yard run around right end to extend Cedar Hill’s lead to 17-6.
The Longhorns used another fumble recovery and choice field position to make it 24-6 when Justin McMillan hit Damarkus Lodge on a 10-yard scoring pass.
It was Lodge’s first of consecutive touchdown catches. His next was a 21-yard strike for a 30-6 lead.
Gailliard scored the Wolves’ only points on a 7-yard run in the first quarter.
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