THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Team of the Week: Vandegrift
The Vipers (4-1, 3-0 District 25-6A) were dominant in a 35-6 win over Cedar Ridge which marked their 19th straight district win. Vandegrift’s defense held the Raiders to 160 yards of offense and had an interception return for a touchdown, while its offense had a balanced attack as Ryan Back threw for 168 yards and the Vipers rushed for 145 yards as a team. Ryan Sheppard scored two touchdowns on the ground, Reece Beauchamp added a score with his legs, and Back hit Bowen Lewis for a 33-yard TD. Logan Arnold had the Vipers’ pick-six, returning it 45 yards in the fourth quarter. Vandegrift hasn’t lost a district game since Nov. 10, 2017, when it fell to Lake Travis.
Player of the Week: Israel Morgan, Round Rock
Morgan, a senior, scored six touchdowns overall as he ran for a career-high 252 yards and five touchdowns and added a receiving score to lead the Dragons to a 55-9 win over McNeil. Morgan had scoring runs of 2, 5, 64, 10 and 4 yards and caught a 9-yard TD pass from Seth Ford.
The Dragons (3-2, 2-1) rushed for 437 yards, with Tray McCoy-Gay adding 140 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Ford finished 11 of 12 through the air for 75 yards.
Honorable mention: Kyle Brown, Vista Ridge
Brown, a senior, completed 17 of 22 passes for 302 yards and four touchdowns as the Rangers topped Westwood, 48-21. Brown hit Kwade Hegtvedt (8 receptions, 125 yards) and Jacob Bowerman (4 catches, 104 yards) for two TDs apiece. Alex Berndlmaier added two scores on the ground for the Rangers (5-1, 3-1). For the season, Brown has thrown for 22 touchdowns and more than 1,700 yards.
The rest of the district
Hutto (3-2, 2-1) defeated Stony Point, 29-9, behind 284 yards and two touchdowns passing from freshman William Hammond. Sean Davis hauled in five passes for 100 yards and both of Hammond’s scoring throws, while Brody Bujnoch ran for two scores for the Hippos. Cameron Cook rushed for 78 yards and a TD to pace the Tigers (1-2, 0-2). … Joaquin Sandoval had a 4-yard TD run for Cedar Ridge (2-3, 1-2). … RJ Martinez threw for 220 yards and a touchdown and had another score with his legs for Westwood (2-2, 1-1). … Jackson Collins threw a 58-yard touchdown pass to Jarvis Anderson for McNeil (0-6, 0-4).
THE WEEK IN PREVIEW
Game of the Week: Vista Ridge at Hutto (Friday)
Are the Hippos a serious playoff contender? We should know more after this game, which features two teams with one district loss. Hutto’s wins came against McNeil and Stony Point, and the competition takes a step up with the Rangers. Vista Ridge needs to keep piling up the wins to feel secure in getting a postseason spot, as a game with Round Rock still looms.
Thursday, Westwood hosts Vandegrift.
Friday, Round Rock welcomes Stony Point and Cedar Ridge hosts McNeil.