After defeating Vandegrift 13-6 last week, the Vista Ridge Rangers are off to a 5-0 start for only the second time in school history.
The last time the Rangers started 5-0 was in 2010 — coach Rodney Vincent’s second year with the program.
That year, Vista Ridge finished 9-3 and won their first bi-district title, defeating Austin Travis 41-6 in the first round of the playoffs. It was the school’s first year in the postseason.
Players and coaches certainly hope to make it to the postseason this year. And, with solid talent on both sides of the ball, the Rangers certainly seemed poised to do just that.
A very strong District 25-4A. Collectively, the seven teams in the district went 21-7 in the non-district component of the schedule.
Vista Ridge is off this week, but next week faces a tough Dripping Springs team that boasts the district’s leading returning passer, Kyle Johnson, who threw for nearly 2,000 yards last season including 24 touchdowns.
For Vista Ridge, Stedman Mayberry has been nothing short of fantastic. The junior running back has rushed for 790 yards through five games. In last week’s 13-6 win over Vandegrift, Mayberry added another 144 to his total, making it six straight games with over 100 rushing yards, dating back to last season.
The Ranger defense has also been noteworthy, shutting out three of Vista Ridge’s five opponents.
Only Elgin scored more than one offensive touchdown against the Rangers, and it took two defensive touchdowns to keep Elgin close in that game two weeks ago.
Vista Ridge hosts Dripping Springs next Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at Gupton Stadium.