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Athlete of the Week: Mayberry drives Vista Ridge's rushing attack
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In just his junior season, Vista Ridge running back Stedman Mayberry is hitting his stride, leading the Rangers in rushing and maturing into one of the area's top offensive threats.
"The O-line gives me good holes, so it's easy to get the first five yards off of that and then in the summer I worked really hard to help me for the season," Mayberry said.
"This off season he got stronger and that's been evident, the ability to break arm tackles, he sees the holes better he's able to set up blocks better and once he gets into the secondary he's able to do some things," Rangers head coach Rodney Vincent said.
At the season's halfway point, Mayberry's carries total more than 800 yards, nine touchdowns and nearly 10 yards per carry. His teammate Adrian Duncan averages more than eight.
"What's great about these kids right now is they'll all block for each other and Stedman will be the first one to step up and block for Adrian and those type of kids that are unselfish usually mean that you've got a chance to be successful," Vincent said.
That mentality makes Vista Ridge one of the most dominate rushing teams in the areas.
Nearly 80 percent of Rangers yardage comes from the run and Mayberry says he's more than happy to keep carrying the load.
Vista Ridge is 5-0 and returns to action Friday night against Dripping Springs.