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ARLINGTON Katy s bid for an 8th state championship came up short on Saturday as Cedar Hill rallied for a 34-24 victory in the Class 5A Division 2 state championship game.

Katy led 24-10 in the fourth quarter, but costly fumbles were turned into points by the Longhorns. Cedar Hill scored 24 unanswered in the final 12 minutes.

Cedar Hill jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first half as the Tigers powerful offense couldn t get anything going against the Longhorns. Katy s defense led the comeback forcing several turnovers and Katy scored the final 21 points of the first half to take a 21-10 lead at halftime.

In the second half, the same problems that plagued the Katy offense reared their ugly head. Leading 24-19 in the 4th, Tiger running back Kyle Porter fumbled in Katy territory. A couple of plays later, Cedar Hill QB Justin McMillan found Demarkas Lodge for the short touchdown pass. They added the two point conversion to make it 27-24 and they would never relinquish their lead.

The championship is the 2nd in school history for Cedar Hill. Katy finishes its season with a 15-1 record.

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