Dallas Life at Rice
7:30 p.m. Friday
At Bulldog Stadium
RECORDS: Dallas Life is 1-8, 1-5 in District 6-2A DII. Rice is 3-6, 2-4.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Dallas Life: OL/DL Quinton Carroll, QB/LB Derek Lee, WR/DE Montrell Williams, OL/DL Richard Rodriquez. Rice: WR/DB Eddie Pena, QB/DB Dalton Pike, RB/LB Ragan Henderson, OL/DL Jorge Hernandez.
UPDATE: This will be the third meeting between the Rice Bulldogs and the Life Lions, with Life winning both of the previous meetings in 2006 and 2007… Last week, Rice dropped a road game to Tolar, while Life lost to district leader Mildred… With a win, the Bulldogs look to equal last season’s win total despite moving up to Class 2A… Rice senior running back Ragan Henderson closes out his stellar career with a chance to surpass the 2000-yard barrier of total offense. Henderson currently has 1720 yards of total offense… Rice punter Junior Pena averaged over 35 yards per punt last week at Tolar… Pena and Noah McBryde had big third-down catches last week… Rice quarterback Dalton Pike had his first rushing touchdown of the season last week… Derek Lee had 67 yards rushing against Mildred last week for the Lions… Life is averaging over 21 points per game offensively this season, but giving up twice as many on defense.
— Jim Pitts
Meridian at Hubbard
7:30 p.m. Friday
At Jaguar Field
RECORDS: Class 1A, DII Meridian is 2-7, 1-2 in District 9-1A. Hubbard is 7-2, 3-0.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Meridian: RB/DB John Lira, QB Nick Prestwood, TE/LB Chad Crawford, RB Adrian Rapoz. Hubbard: RB Bradley Walker, TE/DE Hudson Alderman, WR/DB Casey Jones, OL Jessie Cummings, LB Ashton Hawthorne.
UPDATE: Meridian lost 34-7 at home to Frost last week ... Hubbard rolled over winless Dawson on the road 70-0 ... Meridian’s only two wins are a 26-0 victory over Itasca and a 20-6 district win over Dawson ... Hubbard’s Trey Henderson has been the most consistent factor in the Jags’ offense with 1,123 yards rushing while scoring nine TDs ... Hubbard has already clinched at least a tie for the district title and will represent 9-1A as the first-place team in the playoffs due to its 44-27 win over Frost ... A win over Meridian will propel the Jaguars to their second straight district title after a 0-10 campaign just two years ago ... The Yellowjackets can still make the playoffs with a win over Hubbard and a Wortham loss to Dawson ... Even with a loss, Meridian could still finish in a three-way tie for third place if Dawson upsets Wortham ... Hubbard all-state RB Bradley Walker looked healthy in last week’s win at Dawson as he rushed six times for 123 yards and a score ... In its seven wins this season, Hubbard has allowed just 43 points with four shutouts.
— Don A. Sims