In a season-opener featuring 13 FBS-committed players and about two dozen FBS-caliber prospects, defending state champion and Scout.com No. 6 national team Cedar Hill pulled away in the second half for a 56-34 victory against Dallas South Oak Cliff in the Lone Star Sports Kickoff Classic at Dallas' Kincaide Stadium.
Here's a look back with observations on some of the top 2015 offensive prospects from both teams (for standout underclassmen from these teams, check out this link):
Ladarryl Blair, 2015 WR, Dallas South Oak Cliff -- Blair, who's committed to Boise State, has good burst and short-area speed. He caught six passes for 67 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown on a seam route where he displayed good speed and acceleration. Blair is good over the middle, especially for a player with a 6-foot, 162-pound frame.
D'Aundrey Bradley, 2015 WR, Cedar Hill -- Bradley has two offers from New Mexico and New Mexico State. He should have a lot more soon. This is his first season with Cedar Hill after playing at a Dallas private school in 2013. He has a great frame (6-1, 179) and a natural feel for the position. He also proved Saturday to be a dangerous special-teamer in the return game, both kickoff and punt returns.
Denvre Daniels, 2015 WR, Cedar Hill -- Daniels is a bona fide burner. He showed his great speed with a 93-yard kickoff return touchdown. He also had 49 yards on nine offensive touches. The 5-foot-10, 173-pounder is very athletic, which helps compensate for his smaller stature. Colorado State and New Mexico State have offered. He can be a gadget player as a slot guy who can also be an all-purpose back with serious return skills.
DaMarkus Lodge, 2015 WR, Cedar Hill -- Lodge is a Scout five-star and the No. 3 receiver in the country. He didn't do anything Saturday to make those rankings seem out of whack. Lodge caught touchdown passes of 12 and 15 yards, including one on a jump-ball. He's not fair in red-zone situations, using his height, length, and athleticism to dominate defensive backs. Lodge also blocks very well. At one point, he drove a promising 2016 cornerback prospect almost 10 yards out of bounds on a running play.
Justin McMillan, 2015 QB, Cedar Hill -- the LSU commit did a good job of managing the game, which is what Cedar Hill often asks him to do when it knows it can run the ball. Cedar Hill ran for 323 yards, but McMillan got to pitch it around a little, completing 10 of 19 passes for 90 yards and two scores, both of which went to DaMarkus Lodge. McMillan also ran for a 12-yard touchdown. He's 6-foot-2, but long and appears taller than that. He has a lot of room to add weight and has good velocity on this throws. The quickness of his release could use improvement, but that should come in time. McMillan is a better runner than you'd expect for a long, lanky prospect.
Jordan Stevenson, 2015 RB, Dallas South Oak Cliff -- Stevenson, a Scout four-star prospect and Texas pledge, looked the part of both of those labels Saturday night, when he ran for 103 yards on 18 carries and scored on a 13-yard, highlight-reel touchdown reception, as seen in the picture at the top of this post. He sprinted outside the numbers on the dumpoff and hurdled a defender inside the 5-yard line on the score. Stevenson got banged up early, but came back and played all out. He takes a lot of punishment but always keeps coming back. Stevenson plays like a back who's larger than his 5-foot-9, 185-pound frame.
J.F. Thomas, 2015 WR, Dallas South Oak Cliff -- Thomas, a Scout four-star prospect, was as dominant as any player on the field Saturday night. He caught four passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns, plus drew two end-zone pass interference calls on an SEC-committed cornerback on the same possession. Thomas drew double-teams by the second quarter, but it didn't matter. His second score was 59-yarder where he made an adjustment to the ball while in flight, hauled it in, then separated from the Cedar Hill secondary, which isn't exactly an unathletic group of defenders. With a 6-foot-4 frame and good speed and leaping ability, Thomas' ceiling is high.
Aca'cedric Ware, 2015 RB, Cedar Hill -- Ware, who is committed to USC, was the offensive star of the night with a 200-yard rushing performance that included four touchdowns, helping him garner Offensive MVP honors. Ware showed good burst and hole-punching ability as he gets to the first level very quickly thanks to his vision and short-area acceleration. Ware is unafraid of contact and has good balance, which are two key reasons he's such a good yards-after-contact back.
Statistics courtesy the Dallas Morning News