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Offensive showdown: Vista Ridge hosts McNeil to open District 13-6A play

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Get your popcorn ready, because Friday night is sure to be electric. 

So far this season, Vista Ridge and McNeil have two of the most electric offenses in the area, and the two high-power teams face off Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at Gupton Stadium to get District 13-6A play underway. 

The Rangers have scored 78 points over the first two games of the season, while the Mavericks have scored 77 in their first two games. 

Vista Ridge beat Rouse 27-6 to start the season and continued last Thursday with a dominant 51-29 win over Killeen. 

Junior quarterback Kyle brown is 40-for-59 passing for 482 yards and six touchdowns so far this season. He had four touchdown passes and a pair of touchdown runs in the Rangers’ last game against the Kangaroos. 

Senior Adam Fogg is his favorite target, with 12 receptions for 234 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but Vista Ridge has nine different players with at least one reception this season. 

At this point last season, Vista Ridge was 0-2 and had only scored 19 points. 

McNeil, meanwhile, is being led by senior ruling back Winston Hutchison and sophomore quarterback Like Hutchison. 

The Mavericks are 1-1 this season, opening the year with a 47-29 loss at Del Valle and dominated defending District 13-5A DII champions Glenn offensively with a 48-29 win last Friday night. 

Winston is up to 374 yards rushing and four touchdowns on the young season and had 268 yards and four touchdowns against the Grizzlies last Friday night. He has 100+ yards in both games this year. 

Luke has 275 passing yards with two touchdowns and has runoff 127 yards and three scores on the year. 

The Mavericks beat the Rangers 49-21 in the first district game last season. 

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Other Games: 

Rouse vs. Weiss 

Thursday, 7 p.m.

The Pfield, Pflugerville

The Raiders were closer to getting their first win of the season last week at home against Anderson, but a pair of interceptions sealed the win 14-13 win for the Trojans. Jack Wingard finished 10-17 passing for 130 yards and a pair of touchdowns, one to junior Drew Henson and one to freshman Jaiden Davis. Winged carried the ball seven times for 27 yards, the only rushing attempts for the Raiders. Weiss picked up its first-ever varsity win in Week 1 against Leander and nearly moved to 2-0 last week, but suffered a one-point loss to Fischer Canyon Lake. The Raiders beat the Wolves 41-13 last season.

Glenn vs. McCallum

Friday, 7 p.m.

House Park, Austin

This was the game that sprung the Grizzlies’ impressive winning streak and shares of the district championship a year ago. Glenn enters the contest this season in a similar spot, losing to Liberty Hill and McNeil in the first two weeks of the season. Senior quarterback Drew McGuire has 269 yards and a touchdown through the air while running back Julian Morris leads the Glenn ground attack with 122 yards and a pair of scores. The Grizzlies allowed 89 points in the first two games this season. McCallum rebounded from a season-opening loss to Anderson in the Taco Shack Bowl with a 17-0 win against Lehman last week.

Cedar Park vs. San Angelo Central

Friday, 7 p.m.

San Angelo Stadium, San Angelo

The Timberwolves have long been strong on defense, and this season is no different. Cedar Park largely held Cedar Ridge running back and Kansas State commit Deuce Vaughn in check last week to pick up its first win of the season. Offensively, Cedar Park committed to run the ball more this season and finished with three rushing scores in the Week 2 win. San Angelo Central lost to Shoemaker 54-21 to start the year and beat Del Rio 52-10 in the second game of the season last week. The Timberwolves beat the Bobcats 37-22 at Gupton Stadium last season. 

Vandegrift vs. Cedar Ridge 

Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Dragon Stadium

This was an instant classic last season that ultimately determined the District 13-6A title. The Vipers nailed a walk-off field goal to beat the Raiders on their way to an undefeated season. This season, Vandegrift has yet to allow a point, beating Cedar Park 17-0 in Week 1 and downing Ellison 14-0 on the road last week. Cedar Ridge opened the year with a 35-29 win against Temple but fell to Cedar Park 26-14 last week after not being able to get the offense in a groove. The Vipers begin a tough stretch against Hendrickson, Vista Ridge and Round Rock.

Leander vs. Stony Point

Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex

So far this season, the Tigers have been playing as advertised beating Killeen and Harker Heights to start the year. The Lions, meanwhile, have been close to getting the first win for head coach Kris Price, but haven’t been able to pull one in losses to Weiss and Pflugerville. Stony Point quarterback Kyle Overton has more than 500 yards passing, but the Tigers have dominated the ground game, rushing for a combined 673 yards and 10 touchdowns, led by Kendall Thomas with four scores and 407 yards. The Tigers smashed the Lions 33-7 to start the district season last year. 

Westwood vs. Hendrickson

Friday, 7:30 p.m.

The Pfield, Pflugerville

It wasn’t a secret that the Warriors’ offense was going to be electric, and so far, they haven’t disappointed. Westwood downed Austin High in an offensive shootout 41-39 last week after losing 42-35 in overtime against East View to open the season. Junior quarterback R.J. Martinez has been on fire, throwing for six touchdowns and running for another two to start the year. Hendrickson opened the year with a 21-7 win against Texarkana Texas and lost to Smithson Valley 43-15 last week. The Hawks beat the Warriors 64-14 a season ago. 

Lago Vista vs. Comfort 

Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Comfort Stadium, Comfort

The Vikings will look to rebound from a lopsided loss to Lampasas last week. Lago Vista got smoked 66-27 in Week 2 to fall to 1-1 on the season. Comfort has a pair of dominant wins of ar this year, beating Lytle 27-0 in the first week of the season before trouncing Hyde Park 67-6 in the second game of the season on Friday. The Vikings have beaten the Bobcats three years in a row, including a 30-14 win last season.

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