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Raiders, Hawks ready for high-intensity affair

Cedar Ridge beat Hendrickson twice last season, including in the fourth round of the playoffs

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Both times Cedar Ridge and Hendrickson met last were high-leverage situations. 

Friday night figures to be no different when the Raiders and Hawks clash at 7 p.m. at Dragon Stadium. 

Cedar Ridge came away victorious both times the two took the field last season, first in the opening game of district play on its way to a district title, and again in the fourth round of the playoffs. 

This season, both the Raiders and Hawks have one loss in District 13-6A, to Vandegrift, but since then, they have both been flying high. 

Hendrickson dismantled Leander two weeks ago, shutting out the Lions 45-0 behind 24 first-half points. The Hawks’ defense then showed out against Stony Point, allowing just 50 yards and a field goal in a 25-3 win last Friday night. 

The Cedar Ridge offense has been as explosive as ever. 

Following their loss to the Vipers, the Raiders combined for more than 600 yards of total offense and nine touchdowns in a 63-21 win over Leander. They then had more than 500 yards of offense in a win over Stony Point. 

Junior running back Deuce Vaughn has carried a huge load for Cedar Ridge over the last two games, going off for 291 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 41 carries. 

Friday’s game will most likely come down to the Cedar Ridge offense against the Hendrickson defense. The Hawks have given up just 10.6 points per game, while the Raiders are averaging nearly 35 points a contest. 

Last year’s regular-season meeting was a track meet, with the Raiders scoring 15 points int he fourth quarter to win 43-27. The Cedar Ridge defense came alive in the playoff meeting, shutting out the Hawks aside from a blocked extra point that was returned in the 30-2 win. 

Cedar Ridge takes on Vista Ridge and Round Rock in the two games following its game against Hendrickson, while the Hawks have a bye next week before facing the same two opponents in the Rangers and Dragons. 

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