Raiders fall to Vista Ridge on last-second Hail Mary


Photo by Nick Lesifko

Luke White, Sports Editor

Cedar Ridge’s playoff hopes were potentially ruined after Kyle Brown connected with Jacob Bowerman on a last-second 40-yard Hail Mary pass to win 49-42 on October 18 at Dragon Stadium. With the loss, the Raiders fell to 3-4 on the season with a 2-3 record in district play. The Rangers, who only managed to win one game last year, improved to 6-2.

The game was a shootout from the very beginning, as every Vista Ridge score was met with a response by the Raiders’ offense. In the final three minutes alone, both offenses combined for 1,035 total yards, 37 first downs, and 28 points.  

Cedar Ridge was anchored by an impressive performance by running back Deuce Vaughn (12), a Kansas State commit, who had over 100 yards both rushing and receiving and finished with three touchdowns.

The Vista Ridge offense was led by Brown, who threw for 450 yards and accounted for five touchdowns, and wide receiver Adam Fogg, who scored two touchdowns with 169 receiving yards.

Following a 17-yard touchdown run by quarterback Jalen Brown (12), Cedar Ridge tied the game at 35-35 with 2:48 remaining after trailing for the entire game. However, the Rangers responded quickly with a two-play drive that was capped off with a 38-yard touchdown reception by Emon Allen.

Without missing a beat, the Raiders tied the game after a 22-yard touchdown reception by DJ Rountree (11). All this set the stage for Brown’s prayer to Bowerman, which sent the Vista Ridge fans into a frenzy as the players stormed the field.

Cedar Ridge looks to bounce back next week when they face a powerful Round Rock squad October 25th at Dragon Stadium.