Cedar Ridge is pushing for the playoffs, and quarterback Jalen Brown is doing everything he can to help the Raiders get there.
The Cedar Ridge senior quarterback completed more than 80 percent of his passes for 158 yards and rushed for a touchdown in the Raiders' 31-21 win over Hendrickson Thursday night at The Pfield.
"I knew my guys were all young and they were going to bounce back," Brown said. "This was a big-time game for us."
Running back Deuce Vaughn rushed for 160 yards and a touchdown on 25 rushes. Junior Joseph Captain rushed for one touchdown sen senior quarterback Jack Turner finished with a rushing touchdown for the Raiders.
"Our offense really stepped it up," Cedar Ridge head coach Sam Robinson said. "The defense shut them out in the first half, but never really got a stop in the second, but our offense answered every time. it was a good team win."
Cedar Ridge and Vaughn systematically moved down the field on their second drive of the game, but it was Captain that scored on a 1-yard plunge.
Jack Turner came in to start the second quarter and completed a pair of long passes to get the Raiders down inside the red zone. The senior decided to finish off the drive himself and rushed in from five yards out to double the Cedar Ridge lead.
The Hawks seemingly scored on the next drive, but a 50-yard touchdown pass was called back thanks to an offensive pass inference penalty.
Hendrickson came out firing in the second half, scoring on its first two drives in the third quarter. Hawks running back Jasiya Demps rushed for a pair of touchdowns in the second half, but Cedar Ridge was able to answer every Hendrickson touchdown.
"They've got a lot of talent and they play really physical football," Robinson said. "We knew they weren't going to go away. After getting a first-half lead, we could stay with it and kind of just bleed slow."
Brown completed a long pass on 3rd down to Devon Turner, and Vaughn converted a 4th down on the same rive that led to the game-clinching touchdown run by Brown.
"I knew my O-line would give me good protection," Brown said. "I knew Devin was going to make a play, he's been doing that all year. It was big for us."
The Raiders continue the district season against two teams currently in a playoff position as they host Vista Ridge next Friday and take on Round Rock on Oct. 25. Both games will take place at Dragon Stadium.
"We felt like we had to win this one to control our destiny," Robinson said. "Now our destiny is in our own hands. We've still got to beat two or three good teams to try and get in, but at least it's in our own hands if we can take care of our business."