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DeSoto nearly upsets Cedar Hill, 44-41

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The Ellis County Press

Cedar Hill – DeSoto traveled to Cedar Hill Saturday to take on the Longhorns in the highly anticipated "Battle of Beltline" which aired live on ESPN.

The Eagles wasted no time wowing the fans.

After a 1:37 into the game, DeSoto running back Marcus Murphy ran in a 21-yard touchdown to put the Eagles up 7-0.

After recovering their own onside kick, DeSoto capitalized with another touchdown by Murphy to go up 13-0.

Cedar Hill would put their first points of the game up with a touchdown by senior running back Ben Malena with 4:47 left in the first quarter.

DeSoto answered right back on their next possession when quarterback Ryan Polite found wide receiver Sam Ajala for an Eagles’ touchdown.

DeSoto would then intercept Cedar Hill and Polite would team up with Murphy to increase their lead to 28-7.

In a second quarter turnaround, the Longhorns caught the Eagles’ defense sleeping on the job.

DeSoto allowed Cedar Hill 21 unanswered points in the second quarter to go into half-time tied at 28.

DeSoto scored one touchdown in the third quarter and a missed extra point by Cedar Hill allowed the Eagles a slim 35-34 lead with one quarter remaining.

The Eagles scored a final touchdown in the fourth quarter and had to watch as Cedar Hill put up 10 points to win the battle, 44-41.

The Longhorns will have to face Wichita Falls Rider this Friday without one of their key players.

Ben Malena left the game towards the end of the first quarter and has been diagnosed with a sprained ankle.

Malena is expected to return in one to two weeks.

The Eagles host Plano Friday; kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m. For more team coverage, visit www.txallaccesssports.com.

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