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Wednesday, September 7, 2011
DeSoto faces first test against rival Cedar Hill

By Randy Jennings

No. 10 CEDAR HILL (1-1) vs. No. 6 DeSOTO (2-0)
4 p.m. Saturday at Dallas’ John Kincaide Stadium


When we saw them last: Both teams played in the Kirk Herbsteit National Kickoff Classic on Labor Day at Cowboys Stadium. Andre Anderson threw for three touchdowns in Cedar Hill’s 24-21 win over Denton Guyer. DeSoto’s defense held Oklahoma City Douglass to 49 total yards in a 63-0 rout.

Last meeting: The teams last met in 2009 with Cedar Hill winning a thriller, 44-41, despite being out-gained in total yardage by 167 yards. The Longhorns have won three of the last four meetings.

What’s at stake: Bragging rights for schools in southern Dallas County separated by only a few miles.

Key matchup: DeSoto’s defense is yet to allow a touchdown in two games, but should get a test from a Cedar Hill offense that gained confidence in the second half of the win over Guyer.

Players to watch: Cedar Hill big-play threat Laquvionte Gonzalez, a junior,  is averaging eight yards for each offensive touch. DeSoto linebacker Alex Lyons, a 6-foot, 205-pound senior,  is averaging 13 tackles per game.

Prediction: Lots of talent on the field in this one: DeSoto 27, Cedar Hill 24.