Congratulations to two teams from the Best Southwest on fine football seasons.
BEST SOUTHWEST, TX – Two Best Southwest High School teams made it all the way through the UIL playoffs, only to be turned away from their goal of a state championship by very similar opponents.
Lancaster High School made school history by becoming the first Tiger team to advance to a State Championship game. They met the Cedar Park Timberwolves in the Texas UIL Class 4A Division II championship game at Cowboys Stadium on Friday, December 21st.
The Tigers jumped into the lead on a 27-yard touchdown run by senior QB Demarcus Ayers. The lead held until late in the first half. Cedar Park’s combination of big running backs and bigger offensive linemen carried them on a 92-yard touchdown drive that culminated in a one-yard TD by senior QB Ethan Fry. Fry’s touchdown came on a fourth down play with 0:15 left in the first half.
Lancaster scared the Wolves by returning the subsequent kickoff to the Cedar Park 37 with time for one more play, but the first half gun sounded with the score still tied, 7-7.
All the scoring plays in the second half belonged to Cedar Park. Lancaster’s problems with offensive penalties and other mistakes put the Tigers in a deep hole, presenting Cedar Park with a first and goal at the Lancaster six yard line. The defense stepped up and held the Timberwolves to only a field goal.
Cedar Park put the game away with a final touchdown. The Timberwolves attempted only six passes in the game, completing three. At times the Lancaster defense showed why they were in this game to begin with. Ultimately, though, the physical play of Cedar Park took its toll.
Lancaster thought they had pulled to within three points late in the game with a touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone. The pass was ruled incomplete because the receiver caught the ball out of bounds. Although not seen on replay screens by fans in the stadium, TV replays showed the catch was clearly a touchdown. Even had it counted, Lancaster would have still trailed by three with less than 2:00 to play.
Congratulations to Coach Gilbert and all the Tigers on a terrific season. Although it is never fun to end the season with a loss, with a little time to reflect this team will take pride in what they have accomplished this season. WEBO.
Saturday afternoon at Cowboys Stadium, the Cedar Hill Longhorns met the Katy Tigers for the Texas UIL Class 5A Division II State Championship. Both defenses established themselves early in the game.
After recovering a first-quarter fumble at the Katy 47 yard line, Cedar Hill drove to a first-and-goal at the Katy 10, but the Katy defense stiffened and held the Longhorns to a field goal.
The second quarter saw Katy flex their rushing muscle, with senior running back Adam Taylor, who has committed to play college ball at Nebraska, scoring the first two of his five touchdowns in the game.
Cedar Hill was not yet finished. With 9:22 left in the game, the Longhorns did something no other team has been able to accomplish all season; they tooka second-half lead against Katy.
Katy, ranked 3rd in the nation by USA Today, did not trail for very long. Following the Cedar Hill kickoff, the Tigers started a drive at their 35 yard line. Four running plays by Adam Taylor (five, including one play called back for a Katy penalty) put Katy up 28-24. The scoring play came on a fifty-six yard run by Taylor on fourth-and-one.
After Cedar Hill’s only turnover of the game on their next possession, the 6-2, 200 pound Taylor tacked on one more score on a 42-yard run with 1:55 left on the game clock. For the game, Taylor rushed for 277 yards on 30 carries.
Starting the season 1-3, not many pundits gave the Longhorns much of a chance to advance to the championship game. Looking back, Cedar Hill lost to: 5A Div I semifinalist DeSoto, 5A Div I Champion Allen, Washington HS from Miami, FL, and Katy. All of those teams were ranked in the USA Today top ten at the time they played Cedar Hill. Along the way, they defeated Class 4A Div I State Champion Denton Guyer.
Again, it is hard to be happy ending the season with a loss, but again, the Longhorns will have a chance over the holidays to absorb just what their team accomplished this season. Congratulations to the ‘Horns on a great year. TTHL