Aca’Cedric Ware rushed for four touchdowns, and Damarkus Lodge had 235 receiving yards as Cedar Hill upset DeSoto 65-42 on Thursday night at Eagle Stadium.
The victory put the Longhorns in prime position to win District 8-6A and came before a capacity crowd that included Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant, Texas gubernatorial hopeful Wendy Davis conducting the coin toss, and a national television audience on ESPN2.
Unranked Cedar Hill (7-1 overall, 4-0 District 8-6A) started fast and ended faster to hand Class 6A No. 2 DeSoto (7-1, 3-1) its first regular-season loss since 2011.
After trailing 35-28 at halftime, the Longhorns entered the third quarter with a fury.
They forced a three-and-out and then drove to the DeSoto 16, setting up a 33-yard field goal from Brooks Ralph. After another defensive stop, Cedar Hill got the play of the night from Lodge on the first play of its possession.
The senior repositioned himself to come back to Justin McMillan’s pass, then reached over a pair of DeSoto defenders for the catch before shaking off both and sprinting to the end zone for an 87-yard score.
DeSoto erased Cedar Hill’s lead on its next series with a 78-yard run from quarterback Jaylin Nelson to take a 42-38 lead. The Longhorns then benefited from a diving 48-yard catch by Darris Harper to get them to the DeSoto 4. Ware ran it in from there on the next play for his third touchdown of the game.
D’Aundrey Bradley II intercepted Nelson on DeSoto’s next offensive play, setting Cedar Hill up on the Eagles’ 20. Five plays later Ware found the edge of the DeSoto defense for a 3-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-2 and a 52-42 lead.