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Future Longhorn playmakers shine as Cedar Hill backfield displays potential at combine

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Cameron L. Bollin

Cedar Hill head football coach Joey McGuire is accustomed to winning as evidenced by the Longhorns domination during his tenure. This past season Cedar Hill enjoyed the efforts of two dynamic senior running backs in Mason Hayes and Ben Malena. The duo tallied over 2,600 rushing yards while scoring 25 touchdowns. Malena is headed to Texas A&M while Hayes has signed on to play for Northwestern State. Losing the production of Malena and Hayes would be devastating for most programs, but it appears that there’s a ray of hope in backs John Albercrombie and Ronnie Green.

Green and Albercrombie are the Horns’ leading returning rushers, and at the recent Dallas National Underclassmen Combine their massive potential was on display. Green dominated the competition on the ground and through the air as a receiver. When running routes from the backfield he consistently beat linebackers with precise cuts and didn’t allow the ball to touch the ground catching everything in sight. Green timed well in drills also tallying 4.52 in the forty, 4.4 shuttle, and a 34 inch vertical jump earning the most valuable running back honors for the event. Last season Green rushed for over 400 yards at nearly 10 yards per carry with five scores and he’ll battle Albercrombie for the right to start next season.

Albercrombie was not to be left out though as he made sure to let the competition know there’s more than one all purpose back in Cedar Hill. After rushing for over 200 yards and 3 td’s last season Albercrombie will look to show he is ready for a much heavier workload. Running a 4.42 in the forty John staked his claim as the fastest player at the combine. Speed knows no boundaries though as Albercrombie also ran a swift 4.26 shuttle and put up a 32 inch vertical.Blazing through a track like that will only bring attention; it’s a well known fact there is no substitute for speed. With what the Horns have lost in size and power they’ve gained in speed and agility so look for more off the same next year from the Cedar Hill backfield. Big production.

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