The Hutto Hippos wrapped up their 2020 football season on a chilled final night of November in their 31-21 loss to the visiting Cedar Ridge Raiders. The loss knocked Hutto from the playoff contention and secured the final spot for Cedar Ridge. The 4-5 season is the Hippos first losing season in seven years.
The game started off in the Hippos favor as they drew first blood on a 77-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Grayson Doggett to Jairiez Lambert with 8:03 remaining in the opening quarter to put the Hippos up 7-0.
Doggett connected with LJ Martin for the Hippos second score of the night, this time from 21 yards out putting Hutto up 14-0 with 4:23 still to play in the first.
12 seconds later the Raiders found paydirt on a 67-yard pass cutting into the Hippos lead 14-6.
With just over a minute remaining in the first quarter Brody Bujnoch grabbed a pick six to put the Hippos back up by two scores at 21-6.
The defensive score would be the end of Hutto’s scoring on the night as the Cedar Ridge defense froze the Hippos.
The Raiders scored again with 6:29 to play in the first half on a 23-yard pass trimming the lead back to eight at 21-13.
In the closing seconds of the first half the Raiders knotted the score 21-21 on a 4-yard run as the teams headed into the locker room.
Cedar Ridge blocked a Hippo punt with 10:56 to play in the third quarter and returned it for 6. The PAT gave Cedar Ridge their first lead at 28-21.
The final score of the night came with just under eight minutes to play in the game. The Raiders connected on a 32-yard field goal. The kick sealed the win for the Raiders and put them into the playoffs.
The Hippos finished with 280 yards of total offense. Doggett went 12 for 28 with 210 yards and tossed 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Cyron Miller led the Hippos ground game with 51 yards on 15 totes. Lambert hauled in 5 catches for 134 yards and 1 touchdown.
The loss concludes the Hippos season as they miss the postseason and finish under .500 for the first time since 2013.