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The Cedar Hill (Texas)
versus DeSoto (Texas)
rivalry is so good, recently inducted NFL Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson showed up Friday night and was part of the pregame festivities.
The two teams didn't disappoint, especially on defense, as host, seventh-ranked and defending state champion DeSoto (4-0) hung on for a 21-7 victory in the Battle of the Belt Line.
According to the Dallas Morning News
, Kelan Walker
rushed 13 times for 121 yards and two touchdowns, including a 52-yarder in the final two minutes to put it away.
Senior 6-foot, 235-pound quarterback Courtney Douglas
, who watched transfer Shawn Robinson dominant the DeSoto offense last season, gave his team a 7-0 lead with 4:30 left in the second quarter on a 7-yard touchdown pass to La'vontae Shenault
Both defenses dominated from there, until Walker capped a long drive with a 4-yard touchdown run, giving DeSoto a 14-0 lead with 3:55 left in the third.
The way DeSoto dominated on defense, Cedar Hill (1-3) looked in trouble but it drove 68 yards in seven plays capped by a 15-yard touchdown run from Quinshone Bright
to close to 14-7. Bright set up the TD with a 14-yard run.
The game remained tight until Walker all but put it away with a 52-yard touchdown run with 1:57 remaining.
This was the 14th meeting between the two teams since 2004. Before Friday, DeSoto had won seven of the previous 13.
Cedar Hill hosts Duncanville next week, while DeSoto plays at MacArthur (Irving).