ARLINGTON — Cedar Hill walked the valley in the Class 5A Division II state title game Saturday night and lived to tell about it.
After surrendering a 10-0 lead and falling behind by 14 points, the Longhorns avenged their meltdown with Katy from 2012 with a 34-24 win in the rematch before 30,285 at AT&T Stadium.
It was Cedar Hill’s second state football title, seven years after the first. Of the five Dallas-Fort Worth area teams that made the football title games, all five were victorious.
Longhorns wide receiver Damarkus Lodge, named offensive MVP, helped rally his team with three carries for 103 yards and one score and five catches for 26 yards and another touchdown.
There were 10 fumbles in a wild game full of hard hits and eye-popping offensive plays.
Cedar Hill (14-2) made things tough on itself in the final 3:22 of the first half. Two Longhorns fumbles helped Katy to 24 straight points after Cedar Hill built a 10-0 lead.
But after Cedar Hill began its rally and pulled within 24-19 on a Ralph Brooks 25-yard field goal, Katy (15-1) began to unravel.
Cedar Hill linebacker Xavier Washington, named defensive player of the game, forced a fumble and the Longhorns moved four plays and 36 yards.
Lodge capped the drive, working into the left flat for a 3-yard touchdown catch.
That gave Cedar Hill its first lead since the second quarter, and when Katy muffed the ensuing kickoff, the ’Horns iced it.
Aca’Cedric Ware, who rushed 16 times for 124 yards, scored on a 4-yard run to give Cedar Hill the cushion it needed for the win.
Running back Rodney Anderson led the offensive onslaught for Katy, carrying 23 times for 146 yards and one touchdown.
His scoring run of 66 yards started the Katy rally.
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