MANSFIELD- In a game full of big time offensive plays, it was a defensive play at the end of the game that sealed the first outright district title in 45 years for the Mansfield Tigers (7-2, 5-0) in a thrilling 46-43 win over the #2 ranked Cedar Hill Longhorns (8-1, 4-1). With Cedar Hill driving in the game’s waning moments Mansfield DB Cole Brignac picked off Avery Davis to seal the win for the Tigers on senior night at Newsom Stadium.
It was a game that featured 89 points total and 1,006 yards of offense, QB Davis for Cedar Hill was huge throwing for 430 yards and six touchdowns, but he had two costly interceptions. Mansfield was led by junior RB Kennedy Brooks who ran for 208 yards and four touchdowns.
After forcing a three and out on the opening series, Mansfield went to work with Brooks scoring on the game’s second play from 39 yards out to put the Tigers up 6-0 after a blocked PAT. CHHS responded on the following series rolling the dice on 4th and 16 as Davis hooked up with Josh Stewart for a 38 yard touchdown pass on a throwback to tie the game at six as Cedar Hill’s PAT failed. Mansfield would respond quickly as with their strong ground game the play action pass was available and QB Dameron Smith, who only completed eight passes for 248 yards hooked up with Austin Tidwell for a 76 yard touchdown pass and a 13-6 Tigers lead.
The back and forth would continue for the rest of the first half as both team’s hit big play after big play in the passing game. After Mansfield took a 26-20 lead late in the second quarter on an 84 yard touchdown pass from Smith to Michael Christopher, Cedar Hill blocked the PAT and Jameel Moore would scoop the ball up and race the other way for a key two points cutting the lead to 26-22. Cedar Hill would respond four plays later as Charleston Rambo took a short pass from Davis and sprinted 52 yards for the score and the first Cedar Hill lead of the game at 29-26 at halftime.
Mansfield would come out in the second half with a renewed emphasis on the ground game and it paid off on the opening drive of the third quarter as Brooks scored from eight yards out to give Mansfield the lead back at 33-29. Cedar Hill would have their answer as Davis hit Cameron Buckley for a 28 yard touchdown pass to give the Longhorns the lead back at 36-33 after three. The fourth quarter back and forth would continue as after the teams traded turnovers, Mansfield would grab the lead back at 40-36 on a three yard run by Brooks. Cedar Hill again dialed up an answer on Malik Orr’s 19 yard touchdown pass to put CHHS back up 43-40. That score set up Mansfield’s game winning drive as Brooks scored on a 16 yard run with 1:16 remaining, the key plays on the drive were on back to back plays as WR Saiid Adebo who finished the night with four catches for 77 yards and a touchdown drew a defensive pass interference penalty, the next play he caught a 30 yard pass from Smith to put MHS at the Cedar Hill 20 setting up Brooks’ game winning touchdown. Cedar with two timeouts and 1:16 left moved to the Mansfield 37 before the game winning interception.
Mansfield has wrapped up the District 8-6A title and will likely host Colleyville Heritage in the first round of the playoffs, while Cedar Hill likely will have to play at Southlake Carroll in the first round.