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Guyer coach John Walsh and Guyer running back Kaedric Cobbs (1) celebrate after they score the go-ahead touchdown with seconds left in the fourth quarter against the Cedar Hill defense at the Cotton Bowl, Saturday, September 7, 2019, in Dallas, Texas.

DALLAS — In the early part of Saturday’s matinee at the Cotton Bowl, Guyer’s defense had trouble getting off the field against Cedar Hill.

The Wildcats surrendered 537 yards through the late stages of the fourth quarter, but with the game on the line, Guyer came up with the stop it desperately needed.

Facing a fourth-and-six from Guyer’s 26-yard line, Cedar Hill’s Kevin Young took the handoff and was met by a host of Wildcats in the backfield.

The stop gave the Wildcats life trailing 36-33 with 3:02 remaining and put the ball back in the hands of Guyer’s explosive offense and Kaedric Cobbs.

They took care of the rest.

Cobbs capped the Wildcats’ frantic two-minute drill with a 10-yard touchdown run on fourth-and two, sealing Guyer’s 40-36 win over Cedar Hill in the Cotton Bowl Stadium Prep Showcase.

“That fourth down call was simple,” Guyer coach John Walsh said. “If I don’t have [Cobbs] with the ball in his hands on fourth-and-two, everyone at Guyer should send me packing.

“The second half stops on defense won the game for us. I am fired up about their improvement in eight days.”

Cobbs racked up 217 yards and four touchdowns on 30 carries — and none of his scores were bigger than his last.

On the Wildcats’ final offensive snap, Cobbs made a cut upfield and was alone with only one Cedar Hill defender to beat. For Guyer’s senior workhorse, scoring the game-winner was a surreal moment.

“I’ve never really had a play like that where it ends up being the winning touchdown with 15 seconds left on the clock,” Cobbs said. “Our linemen did a great job picking up the blitzing linebackers and the down linemen. I was one-on-one with the mike linebacker. I made him miss and was able to get in the end zone.”

It is the first time in 10 years that the Wildcats have started the season 2-0. The win is also Guyer’s first over Cedar Hill since 2010.

“It really shows that we’re here for the long run,” Cobbs said of the win. “We’re not here for these two wins [Aledo and Cedar Hill], specifically. We have a motto to win your assignment. That’s what we wanted to come out here and do every play. I think it just goes to show we’re a much more mature team and a [more] disciplined team than last year, and a better team than last year.”

The Wildcats overcame two fumbles and several missed opportunities in the red zone to come away with the victory. Guyer drove the ball into Cedar Hill territory three times but failed to come away with points.

The Longhorns scored on the final play of the third quarter when Corie Allen broke free for a 44-yard touchdown, giving Cedar Hill a 36-33 lead going into the final frame.

But it wasn’t enough, as Guyer made several critical plays down the stretch to secure the win.

“We didn’t score inside the red zone and we fumbled twice,” Walsh said. “I said, ‘If we can pull this out after that adversity, then we’re a lot better football team.’ [Our defense] gave us stops early on when we should have put it away and [the offense] failed them. If you took the defense from where we were last week to where we were this week, I think we’ve improved maybe not tenfold, but surely fivefold.”

REECE WADDELL can be reached at 940-566-6869 and via Twitter at @ReeceWaddell15.

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