Cedar Hill beats Katy again for back-to-back state titles

Cedar Hill's Brooks Ralph celebrates with teammates Caleb Ray (23) and Dimitri Moore (42) after the game-winning field goal.

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Cedar Hill got redemption last year. This time, the Longhorns proved they’re a Texas dynasty in the third consecutive meeting with Katy for the state title. 

Cedar Hill rallied from a 13-2 halftime deficit to beat the Tigers 23-20 in the UIL 5A District II championship game at AT&T Stadium on Saturday. 

"Nobody wants to play Katy three straight years, unless it’s in the state game," coach Joey McGuire said. "There’s a reason they are who they are.

"Today, Cedar Hill put their name up there that they’re one of the best in the state and in the nation."

After begin shut out in the first half, the Cedar Hill offense found the end zone twice in the third quarter with quarterbacks Justin McMillan and Avery Davis leading the way. 

McMillan passed for 180 yards and a touchdown, but Davis was more of a weapon on the ground with 126 rushing yards, including an improbable 52-yard escape on the final drive to set up a game-winning field goal attempt. 

Tied at 20 with six seconds remaining, the Longhorns had all the confidence their kicker Brooks Ralph could nail a 25-yarder.

"In the fourth quarter, Brooks does not miss a kick at all," senior linebacker Richard Moore said. "It’s nothing for him, he’s clutch." 

McMillan won’t be around for a possible fourth championship matchup with Katy, but the senior isn’t worried that the Longhorns can three-peat without him. 

"It’s just crazy to win state twice and I don’t see a drop off for next year," he said. "You have to stay consistent and hungry."

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