It’s usually a good sign when a team doesn’t have to punt, and that certainly turned out to be the case for Vista Ridge on Friday.
The Rangers compiled 581 yards of offense as they rolled to a 59-41 District 13-6A win over Leander at Gupton Stadium.
Vista Ridge senior running back Thailand Mayberry rushed for 217 yards and three touchdowns and quarterback Drew Cantu threw for one score and ran for two more as the Rangers pulled away with 21 straight points in the second half, turning a 38-28 halftime lead into a 31-point advantage.
Leander quarterback Rashad Carter — who finished with 196 yards and five touchdowns on the ground — almost single-handedly kept the Lions in the game during the first half by scampering for 147 yards and four scores.
But Vista Ridge clamped down on defense in the third quarter, forcing Leander to punt twice — the only punts of the contest — while Cantu capped off a scoring drive with a 7-yard run and Adam Fogg hauled in a 24-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Brown to extend the Rangers’ lead to 52-28.
When Mayberry scored from the 9-yard line early in the fourth, the game, for all intents and purposes, was over.
Vista Ridge built an early 14-0 lead after Mayberry's 2-yard touchdown plunge and Brown — who alternated as the Rangers signal-caller with Cantu — reached the end zone on a 1-yard quarterback sneak.
The Rangers (1-5 overall, 1-3 District 13-6A) spent the rest of the half alternating touchdowns with Carter.
Carter had scoring runs of 4, 43, 14 and 8 yards, while Cantu hit Nick Podolak for a 67-yard touchdown pass and later scored from the 1-yard line, with Mayberry crossing the goal line from the 3-yard line.
Seth Hughes ended the opening half for Vista Ridge by hitting a 43-yard field goal.
Carter and Addison Larue scored rushing touchdowns for the Lions (1-5, 1-3) in the game’s final minutes.