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Scouting Report: Cedar Hill vs. Southlake Carroll


The 2015 Cedar Hill Longhorns (9-1)

Another year under Joey McGuire and it was much of the same for Cedar Hill. A roster loaded with Division I talent. A tough schedule, yet a winning record.

The Longhorns are looking to advance to a third state final in the past three years, winning back to back state championships, and one in 2006.

McGuire’s future with the Longhorns was uncertain in the offseason when his name arose in talks of a Texas candidate under Charlie Strong. The offer was declined and he remained with the team. Another curveball was thrown at the Longhorns when news hit about McGuire’s arrest back in April. Despite a DWI charge, McGuire remained with the team, and led by junior dual threat QB Avery Davis and a plethora of young wide receivers like Jaylen Jackson and Charleston Rambo, the Longhorns suffered only one late season tight loss to the hands of Mansfield, 46-43.

The 2015 Southlake Carroll Dragons (8-2)

Featuring another difficult schedule, the Dragons posted a very respectable 8-2 record with an early season loss, 20-14, at the hands of former coach Todd Dodge and Austin Westlake.

The Dragons were beat once more by district rival, Trinity, in another close game, 37-35. Hal Wasson doesn’t have a Kenny Hill (Texas A&M/TCU), Greg McElroy (Alabama national champion and former NY Jet), or Chase Daniel (Missouri and KC Chief) to put under center this year, but junior QB Mason Holmes has played admirably since his debut in week 2.

The running game will have more stress than ever with Lil’ Jordan Humphrey. The Dragons need to get the ball in his hands one way or another.

Players to watch:
Cedar Hill—
#12 Junior QB Avery Davis
#7 Junior LB Dimitri Moore
#3 Junior ATH Jaylen Jackson

Southlake Carroll—
#23 Senior DB Obi Eboh
#4 Senior Lil’ Jordan Humphrey
#12 Senior WR Zach Farrar

Last season, The Longhorns and Dragons met in the playoffs and showcased an offensive onslaught. A final score of 62-42. The teams combined for an even 1,200 yards on offense…1,200! I expect much of the same even without former Cedar Hill stud QB Justin McMillan (LSU), Damarkus Lodge (Ole Miss), and Aca’Cedric Ware (USC).

These teams should be able to score points at will, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it came down to who makes the most mistakes or who has the ball last. Turnovers will be essential in this one because both defenses have a tall task ahead of them. I see the offensive talent of Cedar Hill winning out in a close one, 49-42.

More coverage of this game is also available on Nick Harris’ game preview.

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