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Cedar Hill celebrates Longhorns championship

Diane Xavier | 2/3/2014, 6:28 a.m.
Cedar Hill Longhorns celebrated during second Texas 5A Division II state championship and finishing No. 12 nationally by MaxPreps Football Rankings. Cedar Hill ISD

The Dallas Examiner

When the 2013 Texas High School Football season got underway, few people thought that the Cedar Hill Longhorns football team had any chance of success.

According to Head Coach Joey McGuire, the team was considered a one-trick pony after winning the Division II state title in 2006.

McGuire and his team proved everyone wrong when Cedar Hill (14-2) defeated Katy High School from Houston, 34-24, on Dec. 21 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington to claim their second Texas 5A Division II state championship.

The team’s theme this year was: obsessed, committed and disciplined. Those words were echoed in the locker room before every game during the 2013 season.

“Nobody saw it but us and our team has worked hard behind the scenes to make this happen,” McGuire said.

Not only did the Longhorns win the championship, but they also finished No. 12 nationally by MaxPreps Football Rankings. Cedar Hill became one of only 50 schools in the nation to be honored during the ninth annual MaxPreps Tour of Champions. Out of 16,000 high schools in the nation, Cedar Hill made the top 20 in its rankings.

Cedar Hill was presented the Army National Guard national ranking trophy during a pep rally held at the school’s football stadium on Longhorn Boulevard in Cedar Hill on Jan. 9.

Students, teachers, parents and community leaders were present at the rally.

“One of the biggest criteria’s to get this honor by MaxPreps is that you have to win your state championship,” said Justin Smith, a representative from MaxPreps. “Not only did they prove that they are one of the best in the state, but that they are also one of the best football programs in the nation. This is the second time we have presented Cedar Hill with this honor. When the school won the state championship in 2006, we also presented them with this award. It’s actually pretty unique that we are coming to honor a new group of classmen and hopefully this group will be able to pass on their successes to the younger generation.”

The award was presented by Andy Beal, founder and president of MaxPreps. The program recognizes and highlights the finest high school football teams in the nation and was started in 2005 when it only honored 10 football teams. MaxPreps.com is a media organization owned by CBSSports.com that focuses on high school sports coverage from football, to basketball, to soccer and volleyball.

“In partnership with the Army National Guard, MaxPreps is delighted to honor Cedar Hill as one of 50 schools on the 2013 Football Tour of Champions,” Beal said. “We’re proud to include Cedar Hill into this elite group of teams in the country.”

The Army National Guard national ranking trophy was presented to McGuire and the football team by Texas Army National Guard Sgt. First Class Marcellous Williams.

After the trophy presentation, the band, cheerleaders and step team performed along with former Longhorn players offering their congratulations to the 2013 squad.

In addition to the trophy, McGuire was also named Texas High School Football Coach of the Year by MaxPreps.