Cedar Ridge outlasts Westwood to clinch playoff berth


Lots of points. Lots of offense. One playoff team.

Cedar Ridge clinched the final playoff spot from District 13-6A with an offensive 77-69 win over Westwood Friday night at Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex. The Raiders finished with three wins in a row to beat out Round Rock on points for the final postseason spot.

"It took 10 weeks of grinding, and I'm proud of kids for getting it done," Cedar Ridge head coach Sam Robison said. "Some years it's a little easier to get in, and other years it's harder. There are two good teams in Westwood and Round Rock that aren't going, and we feel fortunate to get to go."

The offense wasn't a problem on Friday night as the two teams combined for 21 touchdowns.

Cedar Ridge running back Deuce Vaughn finished with 19 carries for 292 yards and four rushing touchdowns on the night. He also caught one pass for 50 yards and a touchdown in one of the most offensive games in the state this season.

Raiders quarterback Jalen Brown completed six of eight passes for 83 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 59 yards and a pair of scores. Jack Turner finished with 87 yards and two passing touchdowns.

Devon Turner caught two passes for 64 yards and two touchdowns, while MarkAnthony Walker and Joseph Captain each found the end zone for the Raiders.

Westwood quarterback R.J. Martinez had one of the best offensive performances in the history of Texas high school football.

Cedar Ridge will face off with Cypress Woods Friday at 7 p.m. at Cy-Fair FCU Stadium in the first round of the playoffs.

"Week in and week out, we're trying to come in and score as many points as possible," Vaughn said. "We have the versatility to do it. Everybody is getting their touches and everybody is making plays."

The Raiders are not strangers to topping 70 points in a game, as they beat Round Rock 70-56 last season.

The Raiders scored on every single drive until late in the second half. The Cedar Ridge defense came down with an interception in the second quarter and scored to take a 13-point lead into the locker room.

Every single time Cedar Ridge scored in the second half, Westwood had an answer, even when the Raiders pushed the lead to 20 points.

The Warriors were working the special teams game well as they recovered three onside kicks in the game, including back-to-back recoveries in the fourth quarter to stay in the game as time wound down.

"You never really expect a game like that," Robinson said. "We knew it was going to be a shootout, but we weren't really expecting it to that level."

But Martinez fumbled twice in the second half, including with just over two minutes remaining, and threw two interceptions in the game help the Raiders pull away.

"After the Hail Mary in the Vista Ridge game, we were definitely down," Vaughn said. "We knew we had to go back to work. We knew that we had to win out for everything to work itself out, and it did. Getting another week to play with my boys is fantastic."

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