MANSFIELD — Mansfield’s formula for success all year has been to play stout defense and run the ball.
For about 11/2 quarters, Friday night, it worked perfectly for the Tigers, but 35 unanswered points from Cedar Hill lifted the Longhorns to a 42-17 win at Mansfield’s R.L. Anderson Stadium.
“We swung some punches at them and got ahead and then I don’t know if we took a breath and sort of relaxed, but we had a chance to really put it to them there and we let it slip away,” Mansfield coach Jeff Hulme said.
The good news for Mansfield (5-4, 4-2) is that all the other games in 7-5A fell its way, clinching a playoff berth for the Tigers despite the loss.
Julius Lewis, the leading rushing in District 7-5A entering the game, was again the workhorse for the Tigers, carrying 24 times for 133 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Aaron Funk also scored on a 1-yard run for Mansfield, which struggled to throw the ball, in large part to an effective Cedar Hill pass rush.
Lewis opened the scoring with a 1-yard run midway through the first quarter, but Cedar Hill answered. Larry Hill, who scored four touchdowns, went in from 1 yard to tie the score 7-7.
Mansfield regained the lead when Nathan McBride kicked a 35-yard field goal to make it 10-7.
The Tigers extended that lead to 17-7 on Funk’s 1-yard sneak. The score was set up by a J.T. Ibe interception that he returned 53 yards to the Longhorns’ 15.
But Cedar Hill scored on its next five possessions to pull away.
First, Hill capped a 66-yard drive with a 6-yard run to draw within 17-14. The Longhorns then recovered a short kickoff to set them up at the Mansfield 25. Five plays later, Aca’cedric Ware scored from the 10 to give Cedar Hill its first lead at 21-17.
The Longhorns added three more touchdowns in the third quarter, including two runs by Hill and a 12-yard pass from Justin McMillan to Devon Murdock.
“That third quarter was a booger,” Hulme said. “We couldn’t stop them and we couldn’t get going offensively.”
Special to the Star-Telegram
Cedar Hill running back Larry Hill, middle, lunges between Troy Walker, left, and Sean Shanklin of Mansfield for one of his four touchdowns Friday night.
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