Raiders slay the Dragons 58-47 in upset victory

Luke White, Sports Editor

Cedar Ridge kept their playoff hopes alive and improved their record to 4-4 after a 58-47 upset win over Round Rock on October 25th at Dragon Stadium.

Running back Deuce Vaughn (12) led the Raiders’ offense with a remarkable performance. Vaughn scored four touchdowns on 375 rushing yards, 278 of which came in the first half. His touchdowns from 75 and 64 yards out helped the Raiders get a 38-21 lead at halftime.

Cedar Ridge got off to a 21-0 start in which the defense held Round Rock quarterback Seth Ford (11) to 2-for-9 passing and only 22 yards. The Dragons got on the board following a 52-yard touchdown pass from Ford to wide receiver Jordan Smart (12). Smart, who finished with 131 yards receiving and 57 yards rushing, scored again on a 39-yard run before halftime.

Ford’s favorite target came in the form of Collin Sullivan (12), a Purdue commit, who tallied 250 yards and three touchdowns. Round Rock’s opening possession of the second half was capped with a 50-yard touchdown reception by Sullivan brought the Dragons within 10. Cedar Ridge responded with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Jalen Brown (12) to tight end Joaquin Sandoval (11). Ford brought brought the score back to within 10 at the end of the third quarter with a 47-yard quarterback keeper for a touchdown. Ford finished with 387 yards passing and four touchdowns, as well as 57 yards rushing and a score.

With seven minutes remaining, Round Rock brought the score to 52-47 following touchdown receptions of 78 and 91 yards by Sullivan. However, the Raiders recovered both of the Dragons’ onside kicks, and kicker Chase Camp (12) tacked on two of his three field goals to seal the Raiders’ victory. Cedar Ridge’s offense dominated from start to finish, as they went 11-for-18 on third downs and had the ball for 34 of 48 minutes.

With Round Rock, Stony Point, and Vista Ridge all tied for second in District 13-6A with two district losses apiece, the Raiders, who have three district losses, look to overtake one of those teams to earn a playoff spot. They battle McNeil next Friday at the Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex.