High School Football
By Robert H. Kelly
(San Antonio, TX, December 23, 2006) It was a game that was a battle for the ages. It was a battle for the championships of Texas; north versus south, Dallas area versus the Houston area. It was Cedar Hill versus Cypress Falls.
Both teams came into the match with impressive records. Cedar Hill (15-0) had not seen a defeat during the regular season or playoffs.
Cedar Hill, on the tremendous performance of quarterback William Cole, totally dominated Cypress Falls 51-17 in a contest that wholly belonged to Cole.
Cypress Falls (12-3) fell three times during the regular season, but came back from those early losses to advance to the state playoffs and their eventual appearance in the championship game.
Cy Falls, after losing the coin toss, came onto the field first, to a tumultuous roar from their fans. Cedar Park followed in an equally impressive welcome.
On the second play from scrimmage, only 28 seconds into the game, Cedar Hill quarterback William Crow scrambled 52 yards for first score of the game. The two play, 80 yard scoring drive, along with the one point conversion took the score to 7-0 in favor of the Longhorns.
The Golden Eagles took the kickoff on the 12 yard line, and after four plays and one first down, punted. The Longhorns took the ball on their 39, and advanced 10 yards before turning it over on an interception by Reggie Robinson.
Cy Falls began their second possession on their 20 and on the fifth play from scrimmage, running back Shane Turner bobbled a pass from quarterback Jeff Welsh that was intercepted by the Longhorns Josh Thomas.
After three plays and only one yard, kicker Cody Powell split the uprights with a39 yard field goal to take the score to 10-0, in favor of the Longhorns.
Three plays later, the Eagles punted, and the Longhorns, took the ball on their own 39 yard line. Marching 61 yards in 6 plays wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe caught a 19 yard touchdown pass, to take the score along with another one point conversion to 17-0 to close out the first quarter.
The Eagles started to show signs of life in the second quarter. Taking the ball on their own 17 yard line, they advanced 83 yards in 12 plays to put their first points on the board. On a three yard run by wide receiver Jack Freeman and the one point conversion by kicker Tyler Mills cut the deficit to 17-7 in favor of the Longhorns. The score came with 7:36 remaining in the half.
Cedar Park came right back on a 75 yard run by quarterback Cole, taking the score back to a 17 point difference, 24-7 in favor of the Longhorns. The scoring drive took only 1:31 off of the clock.
Not to be outdone, Thomas came back with a 68 yard pass play, taking the ball to the Longhorns’ 1 yard line. The Cedar Hill defense held the Longhorns’ for three plays, forcing the Longhorns to settle for a 12 yard field goal.
The Longhorns kept up the pressure, driving 76 yards in 3:30 seconds to score on an 11 yard run by running back Corey Roney. Kicker Jimmy Rodriguez split the uprights again for the conversion to raise the score to 31-10 at the half.
As the second half kicked off, Cedar Hill continued to put it to the Eagles. Scoring 8:24 in the third quarter, Cole again showed his talent on a 71 yard run to take the score to 37-10.
A scant four minutes later, he handed off to Roney, who ran it in for another score. Cody Powell’s conversion was good to take the score to 44-10.
After Cy-Falls took the kickoff, fate just seemed to pour it on, when they couldn’t hold on to the ball. The Longhorns capitalized on the Eagles’ fumble and from the two yard line, running back Deandre Brown added six to the Longhorns tally. Powell again found the uprights, taking the score to 51-10 in favor of Cedar Hill to end the third quarter.
Cy-Falls did see some luck come their way at 8:17 in the fourth quarter when Roger Holland blocked a Cedar Hill punt and ran it 23 yards for a touchdown. With the one point conversion good, they cut their deficit to 51-17.
After some exchanges of possession, Cedar Hill ended up with the ball with 52 seconds left in the game. Quarterback Cortney Roberson took his knew twice to down the ball and run out the clock.
In recognition of his outstanding performance, Cole was named the Offensive Player of the Game.