Preview: #5 DeSoto (TX) vs. Cedar Hill (TX)

by Jeff Fisher

DeSoto High School Eagles footballIt’s the Battle of the Beltline as #5 DeSoto and Cedar Hill square-off in a good ‘ole Texas-sized showdown Thursday night in southwest Dallas.

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 categoryCedar Hill High School Longhorn football 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.


About the Author

Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.