ARLINGTON, Texas -- Denton Guyer’s offense creates all kinds of big plays with skill players galore.
But it was the kickoff return team that delivered the dagger Saturday, according to Guyer coach John Walsh.
Cameron Hunter’s 90-yard touchdown return of an ill-fated kickoff as the first half clock expired helped Guyer defeat Cedar Hill, 48-35, Saturday in a Class 5A Division II area playoff at Cowboys Stadium.
Hunter’s return silenced a Cedar Hill crowd that was still celebrating a late touchdown of its own, a 15-yard scoring pass from Driphus Jackson to Lovett Gibson that reduced the Guyer lead to 21-14 with 11 seconds on the clock.
Cedar Hill only needed a tackle on the kickoff to go to the locker room down by seven points.
“That return was huge. We needed to be up by two scores at halftime because Cedar Hill is a comeback team,’’ said Guyer quarterback J.W. Walsh.
Hunter fielded the ball in the middle of the field and spotted a lane to his right. Cedar Hill’s safety man charged rather than retreated when Hunter broke free.
Guyer (10-2), playing at its first season at the Class 5A level, will meet Abilene Cooper (11-1) in the Region I semifinals 1 p.m. next Saturday at Cowboys Stadium.
Cedar Hill could never get closer than two scores in a second half that was loaded with turnovers from both sides. The Longhorns’ final bullet, quarterback Driphus Jackson’s 13-yard pass for Lovett Gibson, was broken up at the goal line by Guyer’s Josh Stewart with a minute remaining.
Earlier in the drive, a Jackson touchdown pass to Gibson was called back by penalty.
Guyer built on the plays its used in the latter stages of a 42-41 loss to Cedar Hill on Labor Day, coach Walsh said.
Despite being unable to deal with Guyer’s versatile attack, Cedar Hill (8-4) hung around with a kickoff return of its own by Ronnie Green and a 99-yard interception return by John Albercrombie.