AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Vandegrift Vipers took a big first-half lead and bled the clock in the second half to score a 29-7 win over Cedar Ridge on Thursday at the Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex.

Cedar Ridge outscored the Vipers 7-3 in the second half, but both teams had two possessions each in the final two quarters and the Raiders needed to make more things happen to make up for the big first-half deficit.

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Vandegrift led 26-0 at halftime behind a little bit of everything. The scoring started with a safety after Cedar Ridge snapped a punt out of the end zone, and then Hayden Arnold came in and booted a 28-yard field goal with about 6:00 minutes in the first quarter.

By the end of the first frame, the Vipers had scored again on an Alex Witt 1-yard run to turn an odd-looking 5-0 score to a more traditional 12-0 count.

Vandegrift quarterback Brayden Buchanan powered into the end zone on a 15-yard run with 7:27 left in the second quarter, but the big highlight came just before the half ended.

Vandegrift set up for another Arnold field goal try, but head coach Drew Sanders dug into his back of tricks instead and pulled off the perfect fake field goal for a touchdown. Hudson Lilie, the holder on field goal tries, took the snap and rose up from a knee and floated a perfect pass to 6-foot-5 tight end Jase Skoglund for an 18-yard touchdown. The PAT made the score 26-0 Vipers at the half.

Karlos Jackson got the Raiders on the board with a 5-yard touchdown run with 6:30 in the third quarter. Arnold added another field goal, this one from 21 yards, on the first play of the fourth quarter.

Vandegrift (7-1, 5-0 6A-District 25) takes on district co-leader Vista Ridge on Oct. 28. Vista Ridge plays Manor on Friday, and if they can pull out a win over the Mustangs, both the Vipers and Rangers will be 5-0 when they meet. Cedar Ridge (4-4, 3-2) takes on Round Rock on Oct. 28.

Game log

Final: Vipers 29, Raiders 7. Both teams only had two possessions in the second half and Cedar Ridge outscored the Vipers 7-3, but it wasn’t nearly enough as the Vipers remain undefeated in district play.

8:32 4Q: Cedar Ridge nearly completes a big pass to convert a 4th-and-10 play, but it bounces off the receiver’s hands and is batted down by a Vandegrift defender. Vipers take over on their own 31.

11:57 4Q: FIELD GOAL VANDEGRIFT – Vipers elect to take the points with the first play of the fourth quarter and Arnold boots it through from 21 yards. Vipers 29, Raiders 7

End 3Q: Vipers 26, Raiders 7. Vandegrift will have a 4th-and-goal play to start the 4Q

6:30 3Q: TOUCHDOWN CEDAR RIDGE – The Raiders go 71 yards in 14 plays on its first drive of the second half, and end it on a Karlos Jackson 5-yard touchdown run. PAT good. Vipers 26, Raiders 7

Halftime: Vipers 26, Raiders 0. A little bit of everything from the Vipers and the Raiders just can’t get anything going on offense.

0:46 4Q: TOUCHDOWN VANDEGRIFT – It’s a fake! Vipers cash in the ol’ video game play, a fake field goal pass down the middle from Hudson Lilie to Jase Skoglund for an 18-yard score. PAT good. Vipers 26, Raiders 0

1:40 2Q: Vandegrift converts on 4th-and-8 with a pass down the middle inside the 20 to extend the drive.

3:33 2Q: Cedar Ridge’s punter drops a perfect snap and then has to fall on it. Vipers take over on the Raiders’ 33-yard line and can add another score before the end of the half.

7:27 2Q: TOUCHDOWN VANDEGRIFT – Buchanan fights, fights and fights some more at the end of an 18-yard run for a touchdown. True determination to get in the end zone. PAT good. Vipers 19, Raiders 0

9:25 2Q: Cedar Ridge gets stuffed on 4th down and Vandegrift takes over with great field position on their own 46.

End 1Q: Vipers 12, Raiders 0. Raiders have it 3rd-and-7 deep in their own territory to start the 2Q

1:09 1Q: TOUCHDOWN VANDEGRIFT – Vipers get a little exotic with a loaded backfield and Alex Witt taking the snap. He follows his blockers and walks into the end zone for a 1-yard TD. PAT good. Vipers 12, Raiders 0

6:15 1Q: FIELD GOAL VANDEGRIFT – Hayden Arnold knocks a 28-yarder through the uprights and it looks like a baseball score. Vipers 5, Raiders 0

8:41 1Q: SAFETY – Cedar Ridge can’t get out of the shadow of its end zone and the punt snap flies out of the end zone for a safety. Vandegrift also gets the ball back on a Cedar Ridge free kick from their 20. Vipers 2, Raiders 0

10:03 1Q: Vandegrift gets a big chunk play from a Buchanan pass to Coleman, but the Cedar Ridge defense hung in there and got a stop. A pooch punt and unsportsmanlike conduct penalty sets the Raiders back on their own 6 to start the drive

11:49 1Q: Cedar Ridge gets hit with an offside penalty after covering the opening kick very well. On the rekick, the Vipers will start their first drive on their own 19