The game will be the eighth between the two schools since 2006 with DeSoto holding a 4-3 advantage. Both teams enter the game with perfect 3-0 records in District 8-6A. Overall, Desoto, which has advanced to the last two Texas Class 5A Division I semifinals, is a perfect 7-0, while Cedar Hill, which has made it to the 5A Division II championship games, winning the title last year, enters Thursday’s contest 6-1.
DeSoto has held on to its #5 ranking in the High School Football America’s Preseason Top 25, while Cedar Hill (ranked #9 in preseason poll) dropped into our Knocking on the Door honorable mention category after an early season loss to Dallas Skyline, which is currently ranked #22 in our latest poll. In our recently released Public School Top 25, DeSoto is ranked #3 and Cedar Hill is #19.
Both teams are loaded with Division I talent. Cedar Hill is led by LSU-commit Justin McMillan, who’s thrown for 1,082 yards with 17 touchdowns and no interceptions. Sophomore QB Jaylin Nelson has been perfect in the win column since taking over for Tristen Wallace, who broke his ankle in Week 2. Nelson has thrown for 13 TDs and rushed for eight.