Kincaide Stadium in Dallas had 13 players committed to FBS programs on the field Saturday night. The action did not disappoint.
Cedar Hill, a defending state champion and ranked No. 5 nationally in Scout.com's preseason high school rankings, pulled away in the second half against a loaded Dallas South Oak Cliff squad for a 56-34 victory at the Lone Star Sports Kickoff Classic.
Cedar Hill racked up 323 rushing yards, including 193 and four touchdowns on 24 carries from USC 2015 running back commit Aca'cedric Ware (pictured above), who was named the game's Offensive MVP. Cedar Hill 2015 linebacker Richard Moore, who is committed to Texas A&M, earned Defensive MVP honors.
The shootout started early as Cedar Hill led 21-14 after a quarter. South Oak Cliff fell behind by double-digits in the second before cutting the deficit to 35-27 by halftime.
South Oak Cliff cut Cedar Hill's lead to 35-34 on a 59-yard touchdown strike from 2016 quarterback David Johnson to TCU commit J.F. Thomas two minutes into the third quarter, but Cedar Hill took over from there. Cedar Hill 2015 quarterback and LSU commit Justin McMillan scored from two yards 4 1/2 minutes later before Ware added his third (32) and fourth (5) touchdown runs to put away the game.
Thomas had a big night, snagging four passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns. He also drew multiple pass interference calls, including two in the end zone on the same possession. South Oak Cliff 2015 running back and Texas commit Jordan Stevenson ran 18 times for 103 yards and scored on a 13-yard touchdown reception that saw him hurdle a defender inside the 5-yard line to score.
McMillan completed 10 of 19 passes for 90 yards and two touchdowns, both of which went to Scout five-star receiver DaMarkus Lodge (12, 15).
Johnson completed 12 of 27 passes for 210 yards and four touchdowns, while rushing eight times for 75 yards and a touchdown. South Oak Cliff 2015 receiver and Boise State commit Ladarryl Blair caught six passes for 67 yards and a score.
Cedar Hill 2015 receiver Denvre Daniels had one of the game's most impressive plays with his first-quarter 93-yard kickoff return touchdown. Daniels also had nine offensive touches for 49 yards.
South Oak Cliff 2015 defensive tackle Jalen Goss had multiple tackles for loss in the defeat.
Cedar Hill hosts Arlington Bowie on Friday, while South Oak Cliff travels to South Grand Prairie.
Statistics courtesy the Dallas Morning News