Cedar Hill-Mansfield winner clinches playoff spot

October, 19, 2011
10/19/11
11:31
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No. 10 CEDAR HILL (5-2, 4-0 5-5A) vs. No. 8 MANSFIELD (7-0, 4-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Mansfield’s Vernon Newsom Stadium


[+] EnlargeKenneth Burks
Travis L. Brown/ESPNDallas.comMansfield running back Kenneth Burks is averaging 176 rushing yards per game so far in district play.
When we saw them last: Jared Rayford rushed for 161 yards and three touchdowns in Cedar Hill's 63-13 mashing of Midlothian. Quarterback Jerod Evans added to Mansfield’s storybook season by throwing for 169 yards and rushing for 108 in a 45-14 rout of Mansfield Legacy.

2010 result: Cedar Hill only ran 33 plays but scored touchdowns on six in a 49-7 trouncing of Mansfield at Longhorns Stadium.

What’s at stake: The winner clinches a playoff berth and sole possession of the District 5-5A lead.

Key matchup: The Longhorns’ defense, allowing opponents an average of 138 yard per game, will be tested by Mansfield running back Kenneth Burks. The 5-foot-8, 175-pound junior is averaging 23 carries and 176 rushing yards per game in district play. Cedar Hill has scored 63 points in each of its last two games. Mansfield has played the tougher district schedule to this point.

Players to watch: Since he started taking the majority of snaps, Cedar Hill quarterback Damion Hobbs has completed 28 of 36 passes for 525 yards and four touchdowns. Jared Rayford has taken over the team rushing lead and Laquvionte Gonzalez is the most productive Longhorns receiver. Mansfield relies heavily on two-way quarterback threat Evans, who has had a hand in 17 touchdowns. Evans' brother, Lance Evans, is Mansfield's top receiver with 17 catches for 280 yards. Texas commit Hassan Ridgeway is a top Tigers defender at end.

Prediction: Mansfield 27, Cedar Hill 24.

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