Cedar Hill aiming for rarefied playoff air

Cedar Hill aiming for rarefied playoff air


Cedar Hill aiming for rarefied playoff air


Turn those horns loose

That hasn’t been much a problem in cedar hill since Joey McGuire arrived a decade ago.

Since that time, they’ve become one of the premier programs in the area and are approaching a plateau that only five other teams have ever attained, three straight state title appearances in the highest classification.

The only thing standing in their way…..one of those five teams, the Southlake Carroll dragons.

“I can go back to Katy, Celina, Trinity but Southlake set the bar for me in what we want to be like. We want to be like Southlake. They’re playing for their ninth state title. If they can get past us and get into the state game they’re playing for number nine and nobody has done that.”

“I know about all the blonde hair and that’s just how it is. It’s going to be a shootout they have a high powered offense. They’ve always had a good quarterback. Ryan (Agnew) is real good.”

“My freshman year we played them in the second round and got put out. That’s when I told myself I never wanted to feel that way again or get put out the playoffs that early especially by them. I didn’t really like all that blonde hair stuff.”

Be remembered, the slogan for this group of seniors that has enough division one talent to make a scout sweat.

“It comes from Aca’Cedric Ware’s dad. Whenever he got his letter jacket and I’ll never forget he had his collar flipped up. On the back of the collar it said ‘be remembered’. He’s just a kid a sophomore in high school. I said ‘I like that what made you put that there?’ He said ‘my dad did. for as hard as we work I want to be remembered for something. I want to set something in this program.’ We’ll be remembered if we get there we just have to get there first.”

“I want to be remembered as one of the best wide receivers to come through or be on one of the greatest teams to come through Cedar Hill.”

Or possibly THE greatest according to expectations that McGuire has set out for them.

“I tell them they can be the best class is because they can win it back-to-back. Right now 2006 has bragging rights because they went 16-0. Being perfect and going 16-0 then you have to be the best class but I tell them that if you can do it back-to-back then that’s a little better than 16-0.”

“That’s a shock to be because 2006, 2009, 2013 were all psssh. For him to say something like that I know it means a lot to us and our class. It’s special because we worked for it. It didn’t just come.”

And whenever the 2015 longhorns do come down from the mountain top they’ll hear the same words of wisdom as the other phenomenal Cedar Hill classes.

“All the senior classes that I’ve had here’s the same thing. I always tell them no matter where you go or what’s going on Coach McGuire loves you. It’s an unconditional love and if you ever need anything then I’m here for you. Some of these guys in there lives have had people say that but they haven’t been there. One thing is I try to be truthful and consistent to my kids. I think the kids in the past that have called and said I need you then I’ve done it. I do love them. They’ve given a lot to this program. They’ve given a lot to me as a coach. They’ve given a lot to this city. I just want them to know that people may come and go in their lives but one constant is going to be me. Coach McGuire is going to be here and if they need me I’m here for them.”


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