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Vista Ridge offense shines as Rangers beat McNeil to open district play

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One of the cornerstones of the explosive Vista Ridge offense is the number of people that can touch that ball on any given play.

Friday night was an Adam Fogg night.

The senior receiver caught 11 passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns to help Vista Ridge open the District 13-6A schedule with a 42-14 win over McNeil at Gupton Stadium, the third straight win for the Rangers this season.

"Based on what McNeil gave us tonight, Adam was the target, and the open receiver in the scheme we were running," Vista Ridge head coach Rodney Vincent said. "He is really good at moving the chains and he can catch the ball in traffic. He's a veteran receiver and we expected him to lead our offense this season."

Junior quarterback Kyle Brown finished 24-for-30 passing for 398 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score. Seniors Caleb Cross and Canon Kromis added rushing touchdowns for the Rangers.

"Me and Kyle have been working all offseason and all summer preparing for this moment," Fogg said. "We knew it was going to be a big connection. The O-Line putting up big blocks up front. It's just working."

Through three games, Vista Ridge is averaging 40 points per game.

Fogg, who was the No. 2 receiver for Vista Ridge and tied for the team lead with two touchdown grabs last season, said he's been working with former Texas Longhorns receiver Jaxson Shipley to improve his technique.

"He's made a huge improvement to my game and showed me so many techniques and stuff I can do on the field that'll help me get open," Fogg said.

McNeil sophomore quarterback Luke Hutchison finished 19-for26 passing for 167 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Senior running back Winston Hutchison ran for 110 yards on 15 carries.

Blake Henke led the Mavericks' receivers with 10 catches for 62 yards while Jonathan Samaroo caught a 71-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter and Ryan Morin had two receptions or 22 yards and a score.

Brown and Fogg connected for the first time with a 15-yard score in the first quarter. Vista Ridge dialed up some trickeration and scored on a 47-yard throwback pass early in the second quarter.

McNeil cut the lead in half when Morin caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Hutchison midway through the second quarter.

"McNeil came out and stopped us early on, and our offense just hung in there and stayed with the game plan and continued to find holes in the secondary," Vincent said. "It starts up front, giving Kyle time to throw."

The Rangers forced a three-and-out on the Mavericks' first drive of the second half and went on to score 28 unanswered points and stay undefeated early on.

"There were some critical third downs or we didn't move the chains with some untimely penalties," Vincent said. "In the second half, we were a little bit cleaner, or we were able to overcome the long yardage or the penalty."

McNeil continues District 13-6A next week when it takes on Round Rock, which was on a bye this week.

Vista Ridge is preparing for another game that is sure to have plenty of fireworks when the Rangers face pass-happy Westwood, which beat Hendrickson 28-27 on Friday and has averaged 36.7 points per game.

"We got better this week," Vincent said. "That's got to be the same goal no matter who our opponent is. The biggest thing is to have a 1-0 mentality every week."

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