Monster Game Features Dozens Of Prospects

Nationally-ranked and unbeaten DeSoto hosted Cedar Hill on Thursday night in their annual "Battle of Beltline Road." There were over a dozen, maybe two dozen, legitimate Division I recruiting prospects in the game, and that doesn't count the underclassmen prospects that will be in the 2016 and 2017 classes.

In a battle of big play after big play on both sides of the football Cedar Hill upset DeSoto 65-42. Cedar Hill is now 7-1 and 4-0 in District 6A-8 and DeSoto falls to 7-1 and 3-1 in the same district.

The star of the night was the player that was projected to be the star was Cedar Hill wide receiver DeMarkus Lodge, who finished with seven receptions for 235 yards and three touchdowns along with two pass interference penalties committed in covering him and both of them set up touchdowns.

Lodge, who was committed to Texas A&M and is scheduled to visit LSU unofficially this weekend for their game with Ole Miss, had a touchdown catch early that covered 70 yards as he saw the ball bounce up from his hands and a defender and then he regained control and sped past the defense.

He also had an 87-yarder that he caught down the middle and would not be contested as he stepped through a tackle and physically put himself in the end zone with his running strength. Lodge finished with an NFL-quality catch as Dallas Cowboys All-Pro wide receiver Dez Bryant looked on from the sidelines. Lodge is also considering Baylor, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State as well as several others.

Lodge's quarterback Justin McMillan (LSU commitment) was also outstanding as he went through his eighth game of the season and maintained his no interceptions thrown on the season. He now has 21 touchdown passes thrown and is over 1,400 yards passing.

Aca'cedric Ware, who is pledged to USC, had a monster game as well with four touchdowns including a pair of tough four-yard runs in the second half, one to give Cedar Hill the lead for good at 45-42. Ware, who is 5-10, 176 pounds, runs tougher than his frame would indicate.

A defender on the Longhorns team worth mentioning is Texas A&M commitment and linebacker Richard Moore. The Aggies had their recruiting coordinator in the house and they were one of several schools represented that were evaluating at the contest in DeSoto.

Moore had a clinching play in the game as the 6-0, 212-pound linebacker forced his second fumble of the season. Teammate Trevis Gipson scooped it up and returned it for a touchdown. Moore added to his 76 tackles on the season with 11 stops in the game. Cornerback Darrell Miller (6-0, 185) is committed to Tennessee and he had several really good defensive plays in the game.

On the losing side, KaDarrian Nixon was very impressive with a 107-yard kickoff return following a Lodge touchdown catch. On the return out of the end zone, Nixon went right up the middle of the field showing great speed to make the score 14-14 in the first quarter. Nixon also caught a fade for the two-point conversion. He would later add a touchdown catch of 29 yards from Eagles quarterback Jaylin Nelson, who added to his passing yards by throwing for over 200 yards. Nelson also had an eight-yard touchdown run in the second half.

On defense for the Eagles, defensive tackle Bryce English has a strong presence and helped force a fumble early in the backfield. Linebacker Chris Orr is committed to Wisconsin and he also had a strong game on defense. There were a number of players that are committed to a school like DeSoto receiver James Proche (SMU) that really didn't factor in the game.

There were a lot of future stars on display Thursday night in one heckuva game.

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