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Vista Ridge, Vandegrift clash in battle of unbeatens

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Vandegrift has gotten used to its perch at the top of District 13-6A. Vista Ridge is looking forward to trying to take over the top spot. 

Two undefeated teams face off Friday night when the Rangers (4-0, 2-0 District 13-6A) host the defending district champion Vipers (4-0, 2-0 District 13-6A) at 7 p.m. at Gupton Stadium. Vandegrift has beaten Vista Ridge four years in a row. 

The Vipers had an unprecedented season a year ago, going unbeaten for the first time in school history and making it past the second round of the playoff for the first time since they jumped up to Class 6A. 

The Rangers were quite the opposite winning just one game all season, and their turnaround begins with the offense. 

Vista Ridge’s 7-on-7 team was the only local group to make it to the championship bracket at the state tournament in the summer, and junior quarterback Kyle Brown has been putting u video game-like number in the first month of the season. 

Through four games, Brown has 1,227 passing yards and 14 touchdowns through the air and has rushed for a team-best six touchdowns. He’s averaging more than 300 passing yards and 3.5 touchdowns a game. 

Senior Adam Fogg has been taking advantage, catching 33 passes for 549yards and six touchdowns so far this season.

After district wins against McNeil and Westwood — which the Rangers won 49-43 in shootout fashion last Friday — Fogg, Brown and head coach Rodney Vincent both credited the offensive line for giving him time and protection. 

Vandegrift has been cruising along and pushed its regular-season winning streak up to 14 games with a 28-21 win over Hendrickson last Friday night. 

The Vipers’ defense didn’t allow their first touchdown until the second quarter of the third game of the season, a 28-7 win over Cedar Ridge. 

The offense, meanwhile, has slowly been gaining steam. Senior Dru Dawson is up to 550 passing yards and seven touchdowns on the year, with senior Trey Mongauzy and Taylor Dummar each hauling in three touchdowns apiece. 

Junior Bowen Lewis leads the rushing attack with 479 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He’s had more than 100 yards rushing in three of the Vipers’ four games this season. 

After this week, Vandegrift hosts another high-powered offense when Round Rock comes to Monroe Stadium next Friday night, while the Rangers head to Bible Stadium to take on Leander on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m.

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Other Games:

Stony Pont vs. Cedar Ridge

Friday, 7 p.m.

Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex

Stony Point has never beaten Cedar Ridge. Can this be the year? If early season results mean anything, it's certainly possible. The Tigers are 3-0, beating Killeen, Harker Heights in non-district play and starting the conference schedule with a dominant 66-14 win over Leander two weeks ago. They were on a bye last week. Kyle Overton has passed for more than 600 yards and two touchdowns and Stony Point has combined to rush for 1,119 yards and 17 touchdowns so far this season. The Raiders, meanwhile, have been uncharacteristically up-and-down. After opening the season with a win over Temple, they lost back-to-back games to Cedar Park and Vandegrift before bouncing back with a 49-27 win over Leander last Friday.

Westwood vs. Round Rock

Friday, 7 p.m.

Dragon Stadium

Friday night will show either Westwood or Round Rock what kind of team it really has. For the Dragons, who are still unbeaten after dismantling McNeil 56-14 in the district opener last Friday, this will be the most potent offense they've seen so far. While the Warriors have a good win against Hendrickson and a shootout loss against Vista Ridge last week, the question for them is how well they can bounce back, as a loss could be detrimental to their playoff chances. Both teams have proficient offenses, as Westwood averages 36.75 points per game this season, while Round Rock is 46.7 each time out. The Dragons won 51-42 in a shootout last year.

Leander vs. Hendrickson

Friday, 7 p.m.

The Pfield

It's been a difficult opening month for both the Lions and Hawks. Leander, under first-year head coach Kris Price, has yet to win a game, losing to Weiss Pflugerville, Stony Point and Cedar Ridge so far. After making the playoffs a year ago, Hendrickson opened this year with a win but has since dropped three games in a row to Smithson Valley, Westwood and Vandegrift. The defense has been an issue for both teams as the Lions give up 41.25 points per game and the Hawks allow26.5 per game. They're also the two lowest-scoring teams in District 13-6A, scoring less than 21 points per contest. Hendrickson shut out Leander 45-0 last year.

Lago Vista vs. Jarrell

Friday, 7 30 p.m.

Cougar Field, Jerrell

The Vikings seem to have figured things out before district play begins this week, but they travel to face the Cougars, who have an identical 3-1 record coming into this game. Lago Vista boasts wins over Blanco, Comfort and Llano this season. A year ago, all three of those games were losses. The Vikings are an even-keeled team, scoring 32.5 points and allowing 31.3 points per game. Jarrell is rising a three-game winning streak and shutout Rosebud-Lott 63-0 last Friday night at home. The Cougars beat the Vikings 31-15 in the first district game of the season a year ago, but neither team made the postseason.

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