Vandegrift offense starting to roll with Vista Ridge looming

Vipers and Rangers face off Friday at 7:30 p.m.


The Vandegrift offense is starting to gain momentum.

After replacing pretty much their entire offensive line and quarterback, the Vipers have scored 31 or more points in the last five games. They’ve put up more than 60 points in each of the last two games alone.

It’s taken awhile,” Vandegrift head coach Drew Sanders said. It does take some time to find out what you’re good at and what you’re not good at. Hopefully, we’ll continue to get better and prove we have done well. Just look at what we’ve done against good opponents.”

Vandegrift scored 24 in its opening season loss at Odessa Permian, which allowed less than 20 points per game, put up 45 against a Killeen defense that gives up 37 a game, and scored 31 against No. 2 Westlake, the most the Chaparrals have given up this season.

Senior Justin Moore has completed 61 percent of his passes for 1,579 yards and 18 touchdowns. Peyton Ausley is his favorite target with 634 yards and seven touchdowns while Justin Florence has 464 yards and six scores.

“We’re always a pretty confident group because of what’s come before us,” Sanders said. But we’re gaining confidence week by week. Our confidence and we’re ready for any challenge that’s out there.”

The Rangers are sure to be just as confident coming off their bye week. Vista Ridge has won three straight games, beating Westwood, Lahman, and Leander to one up to a tie for No. 14 in the late poll released Monday.

Jamil Pittman did a little of everything in the win against the Lions in his last game, catching two touchdown passes, throwing a touchdown, and returning an interception for a touchdown in the 35-28 win. He was named the Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week for Week 6.

Offense has always been on display when the two LISD teams meet. In the last two regular matchups, the Rangers and Vipers have combined to score 166 points, both of which were Vandegrift wins.

Vista Ridge won 24-17 when the two team met in the quarterfinals in 2015 en route to a trip to state in Houston.

I expect the same thing we always get,” Sanders said. Anytime we play Vista Ridge, it’s a great game. It’s a proud program and they play hard and they’re coached well. Any Central Texas fan knows anytime Vista Ridge and Vandegrift is playing you want to go watch the game.”