El Paso Burgess at Raider Raiders 2023 High School Football Final Score

Collectively, Ryder had one post on Friday.

Eliminate the El Paso Burges from the playoffs and advance to the next round.

The Raiders set a new standard for efficiency in executing that responsibility, scoring four touchdowns over their first seven games from scrimmage en route to dismantling Burgess 57-6 in a Class 5A Division II bi-district game at Memorial Stadium.

The Mustangs finish the season 2-9, while Rider advances to play either Lake Dallas or Arlington Heights in the district round at 7 p.m. next Friday at Mineral Wells.

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“We really handled our business,” Raider coach Mark Bendel said. “It was really clean, too. There wasn’t a lot of penalties, at least not with the starters, and it was good to get those other players in who had been running scout teams all year.”

Raider’s starters exited the game after Kenji Johnson punished a Burgess defender with a hard arm and kept his balance on the sideline during a 72-yard TD run, giving Raider a 50-0 advantage at the 9:44 mark of the second quarter.

Johnson had three carries but turned them into 150 yards and two TDs. His first score came on the Raiders’ second play from scrimmage when he raced untouched 69 yards to the end zone.

Burgess quickly made a three-and-out, and Rader got back into the end zone two plays later on a 23-yard pass from Joe Castles to Cohen Marrone. Maroney took a layup from Castles and threw a two-point conversion to Hunter Talley for a 15-0 lead with 8:59 remaining in the first quarter.

From there, it was soak, rinse and repeat.

Burgess scored three points, and Rider scored again twice later, this time on a 12-yard run by Elijah Jackson.

Another 3-pointer by Burgess led to a penalty block by Ryder Kays Young, who recovered the loose ball on the Mustangs’ 6-yard line. Castles found Carson Ayres for a TD pass on the next play, giving Raider a 29-0 advantage and its fourth touchdown on the offense’s seventh play from scrimmage at the 5:58 mark of the first quarter.

And if offensive efficiency wasn’t enough, Jackson caught a screen pass from his defensive end position and raced it into the end zone for a 12-yard touchdown and a 36-0 lead with 4:36 remaining in the first.

Burgess didn’t get on the scoreboard until Raider was already up 50-0, finding the end zone on an 8-yard pass from Alex Rios to Adrian Gomez. Even then, the Mustangs’ extra point attempt was blocked.

And while the start of the postseason hasn’t provided much of a test for the Raiders, Bendel says his team is ready to face tougher challenges in the near future.

“We don’t have to wait long to find the challenge,” Bindel said. “We’re going to have a tough game next week no matter who we play. I think we’ll be ready for it. We’ve got a good team. There’s a reason why these guys make some of these things look so easy, and that’s because we have really good players.”

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