Cedar Hill follows running back past Lake Travis into title berth

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The Cedar Hill offense scored 13 fourth-quarter points and the defense stymied the Lake Travis offense as the Longhorns rallied to defeat the Cavaliers 19-10 in a Class 5A Division II state semifinal Saturday at Floyd Casey Stadium.

Cedar Hill (13-2) will face Katy (15-0) in a rematch of last year’s championship game at 8 p.m. Saturday , at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Lake Travis (12-2) took the opening kick of the second half, but had to settle for a 40-yard field goal by Dylan Tracy for a 10-6 lead.

The Lake Travis defense kept the Cedar Hill offense under wraps for most of the game, allowing only a 71-yard scoring drive at the start of the game that was capped by a 3-yard TD pass from Justin McMillan to Damarkus Lodge.

But all of that changed for Cedar Hill in the fourth quarter when, starting at its own 9-yard line with 10:31 left, Longhorns running back Aca’Cedric Ware took over.

The junior carried seven times for 63 yards on the drive setting up a 13-yard scoring pass from McMillan to Lodge, giving the Longhorns a 13-10 lead with 4:51 left. Lodge converted a fourth-and-5 from the Lake Travis 30 to keep the drive alive.

Linebacker Richard Moore wreaked havoc on Lake Travis’ next drive, sacking the Cavaliers quarterback for a 4-yard loss and tackling a Lake Travis receiver for an 8-yard loss on a screen pass.

After Lake Travis lost the ball on downs, Ware darted in from 24 yards out to put the game out of reach at 19-10 with 1:22 left.

“It was great to get that score and shut the game out,” said Ware, who finished with 189 yards rushing on 23 carries. “I knew we were going to win after that.”

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