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By a foot and about two feet, Westlake was booted out of the playoffs by Cedar Hill Saturday.
After Westlake climbed its way back into the Class 5A Region II state semifinal game and erased a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit, the Longhorns kicked a clutch field goal with three seconds to play, giving Cedar Hill a 31-28 win at Waco ISD Stadium.
With a state title berth hanging in the balance and the score tied 28-28, the Longhorns (11-4) moved into position thanks to two big catches by Quincy Adeboyejo, and sophomore kicker Brooks Ralph booted through a 42-yard field goal that barely sailed through the uprights for the win in the Class 5A Region II state semifinal game.
Brandon Box had seven catches and 113 yards for Westlake, with quarterback Jordan Severt throwing for 251 yards for Westlake (10-5)
“We’re a couple of seconds and two feet away right there, that guy made a great kick from 42 yards so give them credit on that,” Westlake coach Darren Allman said. “These guys can look back and say they left it all out there. What you want when you look back on a season is to say, ‘Did we end up being the best team we were capable of becoming?’ And these guys did. I don’t know what else we could ask from them.”
Adeboyejo had six catches for 85 yards but it was the Longhorns’ rushing attack that gave them edge in the win. Bobby Jackson ran for 172 yards and Laquivonte Gonzalez had 115 yards, with quarterback Damion Hobbs adding another 57 yards on the ground.
The two crucial catches by Adeboyejo were the difference between the Longhorns’ chance at the win or possible overtime, but the senior receiver made plays through multiple Chap defenders.
“Just two big plays, they make two big catches and put themselves in field goal range,” senior Derek Cohen said. “We did the best we could.”
Allman added, “We had him double covered – we had a guy under and over him and he went up and made a play, and the quarterback threw it up there where he could, and there wasn’t much we could really do about that.”
Trailing 28-14 with 9:13 to play, Westlake had a lot of work to do to get back in it as the Longhorns were able to pick up first downs with frequency throughout much of the game.
Even then, the Chaps were nearly certain they were going to play one more week.
“We felt confident, and we didn’t play bad,” Westlake senior Michael Edwards said. “We lost in the last three seconds.We were this close to state. But we’ll get through it.”
The Chaps rattled off 15 plays spanning 3:03 to pull within seven on a Sean Rollings 4-yard catch to make it 28-21.
Justin Miller had a huge stop of Jackson on the first play of the next series, and Westlake forced Cedar Hill to punt. Westlake was put in a bad spot as Severt was sacked to start the Chaps’ next series, but Box made a terrific sliding catch to pick up a first down and Severt found Rollings wide open on the left side for a 47-yard pickup after that. Alex Chavez punched in the 2-yard score to tie it 28-28 with 2:33 left to play.
After nearly throwing an interception, Hobbs and the Longhorns were faced with third-and-11. That’s when Adeboyejo set up the winning play with an astounding catch through two Chaparral defenders on to pick up 21 yards, and then he added another grab to put the Longhorns at Westlake’s 30-yard line with 32 seconds to play. After a 5-yard run by quarterback Hobbs, there was uncertainty whether Cedar Hill would go for the kick into the wind.
They did, and Ralph’s kick sent the Longhorns into the state championship.
“I really feel for [the seniors],” Severt, a junior, said. “Last spring, we decided our goal was to play for state, and it just sucks to come this close and come up short.”
Adeboyejo also had a leaping one-handed catch in the end zone for the Longhorns first score in the first quarter as Cedar Hill took a 7-0 lead.
Westlake continued to hang tough in the game despite a 16-3 first down advantage for Cedar Hill in the first half, with the Longhorns outgaining the Chaps 265-108 before the break.
After halftime, though, Westlake picked it up in all facets of the game to keep it close, as Cedar Hill didn’t have a first down in the third quarter and Westlake picked up 13 first downs to nine for the Longhorns after the break.
“These guys can look back and say they left it all out there” Allman said. “What you want when you look back on a season is to ask, ‘did we end up being the best team we were capable of becoming?’ And these guys did. I don’t know what else we could ask from them.”
In the first quarter, Westlake tied it up after catching a break when a punt ricocheted off a Longhorn and Patrick Elliott recovered at the 1, with Severt scoring on the next play to make it 7-7 with 12 seconds left in the first quarter.
Jackson broke through would-be tacklers and raced 31 yards on the left side to put Cedar Hill up 14-7 with 5:57 left in the first half, where it would stay until the break. The Longhorns nearly had a score as the first half ended on a trick play, with Hobbs throwing to Damarkus Lodge behind the line of scrimmage and Lodge tossing it to Gonzalez in the end zone, but Gonzalez dropped the would-be score to keep it 14-7.
Westlake took nearly five minutes off the clock to start the third quarter, but Michael Barden missed on a 48-yard field goal try on fourth-and-23.
However, John Dodd forced a fumble on Cedar Hill’s next play and Breckyn Hager recovered to give Westlake the ball at the Longhorns’ 34.
Chris Canter burst to the left side and carried defenders for a 20-yard run to put the Chaps at the 9, with Keith Carter eventually scoring from the 1 with 4:47 left in the second to make it 14-14.
Jackson ripped off another big run, this time going 77 yards, two plays later to give Cedar Hill a 21-14 lead with 3:54 remaining in the third. Westlake punted on its next series, and Cedar Hill went 72 yards in 11 plays with Gonzalez going 8 yards with 9:13 left to play to put the Longhorns up 28-14.
Westlake then had 14-straight points to tie it and nearly made it to overtime before the improbable kick sailed through to give the Longhorns the lead. Westlake had three seconds left to try and score from its own 22, but a series of laterals couldn’t get far enough and the Chaparrals’ season came to a close.
Westlake had numerous seniors, junior and sophomores step up this season as the team created a tight-knit bond beyond classification or age.
“For sure, no doubt, we’ve got heart,” said Rollings, a sophomore. “Nobody is going to take that away from us; nobody is going to take away who we are. We’re still Westlake. We still got the ‘W’ on our helmets and Chaps on our jerseys, but in our heart we’re still Westlake. No one can take that away from us.”
The outgoing class of seniors put Westlake back near the top, Allman said.
“We’ll go back and try to improve, but before we do that, we’ll honor these seniors and what they’ve done,” he said. “They left a great legacy for their class here at Westlake.”

1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
WL 7 0 7 14 28
CH 7 7 7 10 31

FIRST QUARTER
CH – Quincy Adeboyejo 32 pass from Damion Hobbs (Brooks Ralph kick)
WL – Jordan Severt 1 run (Michael Barden kick)
SECOND QUARTER
CH – Bobby Jackson 31 run (Ralph kick)
THIRD QUARTER
WL – Keith Carter 1 run (Barden kick)
CH – Jackson 77 run (Ralph kick)
FOURTH QUARTER
CH – Gonzalez 8 run (Ralph kick)
WL – Alex Chavez 2 run (Barden kick)
CH – Ralph 42 FG

TEAM STATS
RUSHING: Cedar Hill 46-349; Westlake 30-79
PASSING: Cedar Hill 12-19-126 1-0; Westlake 17-30-251 1-0
FIRST DOWNS: Cedar Hill 25; Westlake 16
PENALTIES: Cedar Hill 5-46; Westlake 3-20
FUMBLES/LOST: Cedar Hill 4/2; Westlake 1/0
PUNTS: Cedar Hill 3-39.3; Westlake 4-38.8

Individual Stats
RUSHING: Cedar Hill: Laquivonte Gonzalez 16-115, Bobby Jackson 15-172, Damion Hobbs 15-62; Westlake: Keith Carter 14-37, Alex Chavez 6-11, Chris Canter 3-25, Sean Rollings 4-10, Jordan Severt 3-(-4)
PASSING: Cedar Hill: Damion Hobbs 12-17-1-0 126, Damarkus Lodge 0-1-0 0-0; Westlake: Jordan Severt 17-30-251 1-0
RECEIVING: Cedar Hill: Quincy Adeboyejo 6-85, Brandon Harris 3-24, Laquivonte Gonzalez 1-8, Mical Mosley 1-3, Travis Wilson 1-6; Westlake: Brandon Box 7-113, Patrick Elliott 3-30, Chris Canter 2-15, Sean Rollings 2-51, Zach Dansby 2-27, Tate Shaw 1-15

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  1. Willie Anderson says:

    Tough loss today, but a great game by the Chaps! And a fabulous season as well. I’m looking forward to next season.

    I wanted to thank Habeab Kurdi for his astonishingly fast reporting! His stories at the Picayune were posted lightning fast, and had more content than the other local daily. Congratulations, Habeab.

  2. keith says:

    I agree, Habeab has written some of the best wrap-ups of the football games than I’ve ever read in the A.S.. There was little doubt that CH had better and faster athletes in most every skill position, yet after coming back from a seemingly unsurmountable 14 point deficit, Westlake had all the momentum and their defense had the Longhorns in a 3′rd and 12. But for some unknown reason, Allman calls their last timeout and decided to only rush 3 linemen and play a “preventative” type pass defense and as a result of this extra time in the pocket, their excellent D1 QB finds a well covered D1 receiver and they make the first down. Then against the same defensive scheme, they complete another 11 yard pass;Resulting in a long but makable FG. I had no doubt that if the Chaps got this game into OT they would have prevailed as the offense,mainly Severt & Box, had finally found their groove and the D had stopped the potent CH offense up till that ill-fated prevent defense. With Severt returning next year and a few other underclassmen also, I think this squad has a chance to regain the district title and return to play deep in the playoffs again.

  3. ChapFan1996 says:

    Proud of all the boys and how much they accomplished this season. No one expected them to go this far. This was a special group and will surely be missed.

  4. just a game says:

    you win some, you lose some

  5. Chaps '94 says:

    Agreed, great reporting all season Habeab. The Chaps were outmanned as far as talent goes in this game, but played with heart and did not quit when they were down two touchdowns. Instead they clawed all the way back and almost won it. Time to give Allman a contract extension and look forward to some great years to come. Congratulations to a great team and epic playoff run. It was fun to watch and the whole community is proud. Westlake is back. Go Chaps.

  6. Bob says:

    As far as the last two passes that Cedar Hill caught to get them into fieldgoal range. The coverage was there, and that was two incredible catches and throws. 6′4 vs. 5′9 Jump ball and 6′4 always wins. If you interfere with him he still gets the first down. It had nothing to do with the defense call, they did as good a job as they could, what they did was keep from getting beat by the long ball which they already caught in the first quarter, make him kick the field goal, which he has already shanked two, and put the pressure on a sophmore, the kids played their guts out and the coach’s coached there tails off just to stay in the game and eventually tied it up. This is a great group of kids, and coaches. So all the people that said such negative things about this team and coaching staff should have to eat some crow and congradulate this team and coaching staff for a awsome year.

  7. Leonard Smith says:

    I spent my Fridays at volleyball matches this fall. The game on Saturday was the first I saw the Chaps play this season. I was very impressed with the Chaps’ fighting spirit throughout against a physically imposing Cedar Hill team. It was a heartbreaking loss, especially for the seniors, after such a magnificent comeback. Congratulations to the players and coaches. You represented Westlake HS very well.

    Leonard Smith

  8. Now, back to normal in Time for Xmas says:

    Thank goodness the season ended.

    With football season out of the way, the posts can finally get back to the gripping discussions about Nola, the Board, principal transfers, bond elections that bought kazoos for the band, 60K per year homeless families, sports complexes in endangered species land, and how it worked in the good ole days of Westlake when Schroeder was there

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