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Cedar Ridge out-duels Round Rock in historic offensive shootout

Raiders' running back Deuce Vaughn set a school record with 407 rushing yards

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Sam Robinson had a feeling that Friday's matchup between Cedar Ridge and Round Rock would be more on the offensive side.

Was it ever. 

The Raiders knocked off their rivals 70-56 at Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex behind an explosive offensive performance led by running back Deuce Vaughn and quarterback Jalen Brown. 

"An unbelievable game, I've never seen anything like that," Robinson said. "Our kids hung in there all night. We kinda thought this would be that type of game, a little bit of a shootout. But our execution tonight was a big deal."

Vaughn rushed for a school-record 407 yards on 27 carries, scoring four touchdowns on the night. Brown completed 13-of-18 passes for 308 yards and four touchdowns, hitting wide receiver Jaylen Ellis for three and tight end C.J. Ramirez for one touchdown.

As a team, Cedar Ridge amassed 705 yards on the night. 

"Our offensive line did a great job giving Vaughn those little creases and it doesn't take much for him to get going," Robinson said. "I'm speechless."

In scoring 56 points, Round Rock tallied more than 40 for the sixth time in eight games this season. Quarterback Ryan O'Keefe put on a show with 563 total yards (360 passing, 201 rushing, two receiving) to lead the Dragons offense in the loss.

The two schools exchanged blows in the first quarter at an incredible pace. Starting with Round Rock's first offensive score 29 seconds into the game, the Raiders and Dragons swapped touchdowns on each ensuing drive until 9:15 remained on the clock in the first quarter, during which the score was 28-28.

The two teams combined for eight touchdowns in two minutes, 45 seconds on just 11 offensive plays. Cedar Ridge would buck the trend first as they forced a punt and scored on the successive drive, as Ellis plucked a Brown pass out of the air for a 13-yard score.

Round Rock would answer to equalize the game entering the second quarter as O'Keefe found Colin Sullivan for one of his six touchdowns on the night as the first quarter ticked down to an end. However, the Dragons score just seven points in the second quarter.

Cedar Ridge would have no trouble continuing on their torrid first-quarter pace, as Jacoryan Issac scored on the first play of the second half with a one-yard touchdown rush and Brown addded two passing touchdowns in the second quarter.

Twice in the second half, Round Rock would come within a score of tying the game back up, but the Raiders held tight each time. The Dragons began the second half with a 99-yard flip play touchdown from O'Keefe to tight end Garrett Miller.

Isaac's second one-yard touchdown of the night restored the Raiders' lead back to 14. Miller and O'Keefe would hook up for another passing score, but Vaughn put the game to bed with the 18th and final touchdown of the night, a 70-yard scamper for his fourth trip to the end zone.

It's the Raiders' fifth straight win after beginning the year 1-2. 

"It's huge for the kids to get into a little bit of a rhythm," Robinson said. "Our culture is just to work hard every day and make little improvements."

Cedar Ridge returns to Reeves agaisnt McNeil, while Round Rock looks to bounce back from the loss when they host Hendrickson at Dragon Stadium next Friday night.

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