Baltimore Helps Mansfield With Upset Win

Mansfield picked up a huge district win on Friday night with a 27-20 win over Cedar Hill.

The Mansfield Tigers pulled off a big upset Friday night as they beat Cedar Hill on the road 27-20. It was senior night for Cedar Hill but for Mansfield, the win spoiled the evening's festivities.

With the win the Tigers improved to 4-2 in district play and moved one step closer to earning a playoff berth. Safety George Baltimore said his team needed the big win.

"We needed to win since we took two losses early," he said. "Winning tonight was big for us."

Winning the game was extra special considering the Longhorns had beaten the Tigers with ease the last two seasons.

"We've been waiting on that for the last two years. They came out early and stomped us," he said. "That's what we tried to do is come out early and get them."

Baltimore said his team prepared all week to stop the vaunted Cedar Hill offense. It didn't look bright early on as A&M commit Laquvionte Gonzalez scored from 52-yards out on the game's second play from scrimmage. Fellow A&M commit Quincy Adeboyejo hauled in a 57-yard touchdown pass in the first half as well. But after that the Tigers' defense buckled down.

"Besides the first half they couldn't drive the ball on us," he said of the Cedar Hill offense. "Every time they drove the ball on us we'd get a turnover or they'd kick a field goal. Besides the first half when they got the two big plays our defense stepped up. Our defense prepared more than we ever have. We knew coming out today we were going to stomp them in the mouth."

Baltimore finished with 8 tackles and 2 pass breakups on the night. Aside from helping his team win big ball games, he's also keeping a close eye on the Frogs.

"We're down but we're still young, but in the future we're going to be something great," Baltimore said of his future team. "Right now we have West Virginia this week and I think we can come up with a W. We just have to put all of the pieces together."

TCU has played 16 true freshmen this season and Baltimore knows that it very well could be him next year getting early playing time. He's ready for the opportunity.

"Coach (Burns) even told me, I have a strong chance of playing next year," Baltimore said. "They play three safeties and with me playing free covering a whole bit I have a strong chance."


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