Pierce Hudgens (13) and Flower Mound's football team came up shy Friday in a bi-district playoff contest against Denton Guyer. 

Kaedric Cobbs rushed for 310 and four touchdowns to lead Denton Guyer to a 52-21 victory over Flower Mound in the opening round of the Class 6A Division II playoffs at Neal Wilson Stadium on Friday.

The Wildcats jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on Cole Schroeder’s 29-yard field goal.  Cobbs extended the lead after his first touchdown, a 17-yarder with 11:22 remaining in the second quarter.  Guyer elected to go for two and Cobbs run put the visitors ahead, 11-0.

While the Wildcats’ offense was just getting started, its defense followed suit, forcing the Jaguars to punt on its first four possessions.

With 2:33 left to go in the first half, Schroeder kicked a 23-yard field goal to give the Wildcats a 14-0 advantage.

On the first play of Flower Mound’s ensuing possession, quarterback Blake Short hooked up with Jake Welch on a 78-yard touchdown pass. Bert Auburn’s kick reduced the lead to 14-7 with just over two minutes left before intermission.

“Out offense started slow,” said Brian Basil, Flower Mound head coach.  “But I thought the momentum was going to shift with that long score just at the end of the first half.”

The momentum had indeed shifted, especially after Riley Strey scooped up a fumble by Guyer quarterback Eli Stower and returned it to the 40-yard line. But the Jaguars coughed up the ball on the very next play, and Schroeder’s ensuing 24-yard field goal put the Wildcats on top, 17-7, at halftime.

After forcing a three-and-out on Guyer’s opening possession of the second half, Welch returned a punt 46 yards to the Wildcat 12-yard line.  Short’s 8-yard touchdown pass to Reid Touchstone made it 17-14 with 9:38 remaining in the third quarter.

“The score was not indicative of how close it was for most of the game,” Basil said.  “Hats off to Guyer, they’re a good team and I wish them the best of luck.”

The Jaguars, champions of District 6-6A, were riding a seven-game winning streak and averaging 46 points a game during the run.  But they could not overcome three costly second-half turnovers.

“I don’t want to take anything away from Guyer,” Basil said.  “I’m just extremely proud of how our seniors played tonight and although we have plenty coming back next year, we’ll miss them”.

Cobbs’ second touchdown came on an 8-yard run midway through the third quarter, and his 19-yard scamper put the visitors ahead 31-14.

Flower Mound mounted a long drive on its next possession, and Short’s 25-yard toss to Mitchell Reinacher cut the lead to 31-21 at the 1:42 mark of the third quarter.

But the Wildcats scored three unanswered touchdowns in the fourth quarter to preserve the win.

Short threw for 286 yards and three touchdowns on the evening, and Welch led all receivers with 102 yards and a touchdown.

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