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THEOLDCOACH takes a look at the 2016 Cedar Hill Longhorns!

THEOLDCOACH takes a look at the 2016 Cedar Hill Longhorns who on paper look absolutely loaded!

CEDAR HILL LONGHORNS

ENROLLMENT: 2,351.5 (8)

2015 RECORD: 9-2 6A Div. II Bi-District Playoffs

THE COACH: Joey McGuire

THE PLAYERS: Avery Davis (Sr., QB), Charleston Rambo (Sr., WR), Camron Buckley (Sr., WR), Kaegun Williams (Sr., RB), Jaylon Jackson (Sr., ATH), Dimitri Moore (Sr., LB), Josh Newman (Sr., DB), Devon Rader (Sr., LB), Deondre Carter (Sr., DL), Donovan Runnels (Sr., OL), Deven Lamp (Sr., DL), Marquis Foreman (Sr., RB), Glen Waters (Sr., DL), Kyland Richey (Sr., TE/DL), Greg Jackson (Sr., LB), Dylan Taylor (Sr., OL), Zion Byrd (Sr., OL), Josh Fleeks (Jr., RB/DB), Parker Cupp (Jr., OL), Shabazz Dotson (Sr., DL)

THE WORD: After playing in three straight title games from 2012-2015 and winning it all in 2014 and 2015, the Longhorns took a step back last year losing in the bi-district playoffs to Southlake Carroll.  A loaded group of seniors returns and they are focused on righting the wrongs of 2015.  That starts with the offense which returns an impressive ten starters, CHHS is also adding back to the mix Jaylon Jackson who missed almost all of 2015 with a knee injury.  Jackson was a major difference maker in the Longhorns 2014 state title win over Katy. QB Davis, a Notre Dame commit is back after a sensational junior season in which he accounted for over 3000 yards of offense and 38 touchdowns.  He’s got weapons galore including RB’s Williams and Foreman who combined for 16 touchdowns and over 1100 yards, expect those two to be much bigger factors in the offense in 2015.  Rambo, an Oklahoma commit and Buckley another high end Division I recruit give the ‘Horns two outstanding weapons out wide and allows the coaching staff to move Jackson around and create mismatches.  Four returning starters are on the offensive line are back, Cupp who started at TE moves inside to as well to give CHHS a great group up front. What will ultimately determine if Cedar Hill is a title contender will be their defense, six starters are back from a group that was good most of the year but in the two losses to Mansfield and Southlake Carroll struggled.  Several of the six who are back are three year starters led by Moore, a first team all-district player and major FBS recruit.  He’ll team with Rader a first team all-state player who had 95 tackles to give the Longhorns a great duo at linebacker.  Newman a rangy 6’2 safety could emerge as a high end recruit as Coach McGuire says he’s had a great off-season.  Carter, Waters and Dotson are back to anchor what should be a much improved defensive line. “We’ve got some inexperience in the secondary and we need to replace our punter, if we can fill those spots we’ve got a chance to be the best team we’ve ever had at Cedar Hill,” said McGuire.  


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