CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) — The largest schools in Texas have been waiting a month to kickoff the high school football season. Finally, it’s game week for 5A and 6A schools across the state.
Vista Ridge and quarterback Kyle Brown couldn’t wait to get started on Thursday night. The Rangers rolled to their first win of the season, defeating Hays 62-35 at Gupton Stadium. Brown threw six touchdowns as Vista Ridge turned a close first half game into a rout.
The game was one of the first 6A match-ups of the season after a delayed season start due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The University Interscholastic League delayed the start of the season four weeks for the largest schools in the state. Schools in the lower classifications were able to start the season in late August. With the pushed back start date, state champions for 5A and 6A likely won’t be crowned until January 2021.
KBVO-TV broadcasted the game live on Thursday night and will continue its live game coverage throughout the 2020 season.
In 2019, Vista Ridge and Hays navigated their way through their districts and into the playoffs before losing in the first round. Both teams finished with an 8-3 record.
Next, Vista Ridge concludes its non-district schedule against Leander. Hays jumps right into district play with an away game at Akins on Friday.