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LISD makes national honor roll

STAFF REPORTS

Leander ISD is one of 373 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the Ninth Annual AP District Honor Roll. In order to receive the recognition, the district had to, since 2016, increase the number of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher.

In a release, the district said, “Reaching these goals shows that LISD is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for AP.”

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2018 VHS grad has 10,000 reasons to celebrate

William Bryan’s (left) birth date and place earned him $10,000 for college, which he is using at Texas A&M University as a freshman engineering student.

By LYNETTE HAALAND, Four Points News

Vandegrift 2018 graduate William Bryan turned 19 on New Year’s, and it was the special day of his arrival in 2000 that is now paying off. His Jan. 1 birth date has given him $10,000 toward college expenses, which he is using at Texas A&M University.

Born at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2000, William was rewarded $10,000 toward college as the first child born in 2000 at The Medical Center at Bowling Green.

“The scholarship has been a huge help as it will pay for most of his first year of tuition,” said Keri Bryan, William’s mom.

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Vandegrift football advances to 6A regional semifinals

Vandegrift Vipers head coach Drew Sanders runs onto the field in celebration following a game-winning defensive stop in the second overtime of a high school football playoff game between Vandegrift and Klein Collins at Waller ISD Stadium on Friday, Nov. 23, 2018 in Waller, TX.

Vipers holds off Klein Collins in double overtime

By ZACH SMITH, Four Points News

WALLER — Trey Mongauzy wasn’t going to drop the ball a second time.

The Vandegrift receiver couldn’t come down with a pass to the end zone in the first overtime, but more than made up for it with a leaping grab in double overtime to give Vandegrift a 28-21 win over Klein Collins Friday afternoon.

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VHS rallies to beat Cedar Ridge, Smallwood rushes two 4th-quarter touchdowns, Barney hits field goal in OT

Thank you Kim Krant for this Vandegrift Viper coverage.

By ZACH SMITH, Four Points News
Photos by SCOTT W. COLEMAN

Tim Barney spent the first part of his Friday watching game-winning college football field goals on YouTube.

His extra time watching film paid off.

The senior kicker nailed a 33-yard field goal in overtime to lift Vandegrift to a district-opening 17-14 win against two-time defending district champions and state semifinalist Cedar Ridge on Friday night.

“Obviously I was nervous,” Barney said. “I knew it was going to be a close game. Right before halftime, my teammates were telling me I was going to get my chance. We all did our jobs. When I go out and kick on the weekends, I’m counting down to clock.”

Vandegrift Vipers running back Isaiah Smallwood (15) and quarterback Dru Dawson (4) during a high school football game between Vandegrift and Cedar Ridge on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 in Austin, Texas.

Cedar Ridge scored on its first drive of the game and doubled its lead on the first play of the fourth quarter. Senior receiver Jaylen Ellis was ejected for targeting with more than five minutes left in the game.

The Vipers rallied with a pair of touchdown runs by senior Isaiah Smallwood, including the game-tying touchdown with just over a minutes to go in regulation.

“If you stay within striking distance the entire game, you have a chance and that’s exactly what happened,” Vandegrift head coach Drew Sanders said. “The defense was unbelievable tonight. That doesn’t show up in the stat sheet, but (Cedar Ridge) was on the positive side of the field and they came away with just one score.”

Smallwood finished the game with 70 yards.

“We just stayed patient and kept believing in the coaches and the gameplan that we had,” Smallwood said.

Vandegrift quarterback Dru Dawson finished 11 of 21 passing for 123 yards with one interception and ran for 87 yards. Senior Ryan Merrifield led the Vipers’ receiving corps with four receptions for 42 yards.

Ellis finished the game with four catches for 107 yards and a touchdown for the Raiders, and running back Deuce Vaughn rushed for 137 yards on 27 carries. Quarterback Jalen Brown completed 8 of 16 passes for 164 yards and a touchdown.

“It’s going to be hard to go through this district without a loss,” Cedar Ridge head coach Sam Robinson said. “We opened up against one of the top teams in the district and we’ve still got a lot of tough teams ahead of us. This one is over and we’ve got to move on and learn from it.”

On the first drive of the game, Vandegrift made an error in the defensive backfield and Ellis got wide open in the end zone, catching a 41-yard pass for the first touchdown of the game.

Neither team moved the ball much in the first half. Aside from the 41-yard bomb, the longest play of the half for Cedar Ridge was a 33-yard pass and Vandegrift’s longest play was an 18-yard run in the second quarter.

The Vandegrift defense came up big in the third quarter as they stuffed the Raiders’ offense deep in the Vipers’ red zone twice and only allowed them to score on a 2-yard rush by Brown on the first play of the fourth quarter.

But the rally started on the next drive when Smallwood took a direct snap in from a few yards out. The game-tying 10-yard touchdown run by Smallwood capped off an 8-play, 80-yard drive in the fourth quarter.

Tyler Mongauzy and Trevor Harrison combined for a sack on 3rd down and Jax McCauley got into the backfield on fourth down in overtime to keep the Raiders off the board.

“We started pushing them around at the end, it was nice to see our conditioning take place,” Sanders said. “Cedar Ridge is a very good team.”

Vandegrift continues district play on at the Pfield against Hendrickson on Friday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m., while Cedar Ridge plays host to Leander.

“We just made some self-inflicted mistakes that gave them a chance,” Robinson said. “(Vandegrift) fought their butts off and took advantage of it.”

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The Vandegrift Vipers student section during a high school football game between Vandegrift and Cedar Ridge on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 in Austin, Texas.

Cedar Ridge Raiders junior quarterback Jalen Brown (11) runs for a touchdown during a high school football game between Vandegrift and Cedar Ridge on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 in Austin, Texas.

Cedar Ridge Raiders junior defensive end Tyler Swanberg (43) attempts to corral Vandegrift Vipers junior quarterback Dru Dawson (4) during a high school football game between Vandegrift and Cedar Ridge on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 in Austin, Texas.

Vandegrift Vipers head coach Drew Sanders during a high school football game between Vandegrift and Cedar Ridge on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 in Austin, Texas.

Cedar Ridge Raiders junior quarterback Jalen Brown (11) attempts to elude Vandegrift Vipers junior Jax Mccauley (21) during a high school football game between Vandegrift and Cedar Ridge on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 in Austin, Texas.

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Vandegrift football recaps season after playoffs

By SCOTT W. COLEMAN. Four Points News

No matter how it ended, Vandegrift head coach Drew Sanders said he’ll have many fond memories of the 2017 football season.

“Our last minute victories over Hays to earn our playoff spot, and over Johnson to earn our second 6A gold ball in school history were so fun. Our team never gave up and always played hard no matter the situation,” said Sanders. “When you play hard all the time, you are always in the game.”

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