Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

October 12, 2013

Rice staves off Rio Vista, 34-22

By Jim Pitts
Associated Press

RICE — RICE — The Rice Bulldogs, needing a win to stay in the District 6-2A DII race, celebrated homecoming by defeating the Rio Vista Eagles, 34-22, Friday night.

The Bulldogs were on offense by quarterback Austin Peppers, who had 104 yards of total offense and a touchdown, and Chris Atchley, with 89 yards rushing and two scores.  Adan Payne added another touchdown on a 28-yard option play from Peppers.

Rice added a defensive score when Sim Nezar intercepted the first Eagle pass and returned it 28 yards for a touchdown.  The Rice defense, led by Noah McBryde and Raven Huffman, forced four Rio Vista turnovers and held the Eagles to only 73 yards rushing on 30 carries.

Rio Vista rallied in the fourth quarter, scoring two touchdowns to cut the deficit to 12.  The rally was stalled by two onside kick recoveries by the Bulldogs, the first by Huffman and the second by Sergio Gonzalez.

Rice 34, Rio Vista 22

Rio Vista  6    0  0  16 — 22

Rice       13  13  8   0 — 34



First Quarter

R — Adan Payne 28 run (Jesus Garcia kick), 6:35

R — Sim Nezar 28 interception return (kick blocked), 6:23

RV — Chase Hailey 70 pass from Nick Russell (kicked blocked), 5:36

Second Quarter

R — Austin Peppers 16 run (Garcia kick), 8:45

R — Chris Atchley 30 run (kick failed), 3:26

Third Quarter

R — Atchley 2 run (Peppers run), 9:00

Fourth Quarter

RV — Dylan Nelson 70 pass from Russell (Austin Strickland run), 6:24

RV — Strickland 2 run (Strickland run), 0:42



                      RV    R

First downs    14    17

Rush-yards    30-73    49-288

Passing yards    239    18

C-A-I    13-21-2    1-5-0

Fumbles-lost    2-2    1-1

Punts-avg.    2-21.0    2-24.5

Penalties-yards    4-50    3-30



Individual

Rushing — RV: Nick Russell 9-38, Austin Strickland 15-34, Dylan Nelson 4-17, Jordan Ward 1-(-5), Kolton Williams 1-(-11).  R: Chris Atchley 23-89, Austin Peppers 13-86, Adan Payne 5-40, Angel Oropeza 5-40, Sergio Gonzalez 2-28, Raven Huffman 1-5.

Passing — RV: Russell 11-18-2-215, Nelson 2-3-0-24. R: Austin Peppers 1-5-0-18.

Receiving — RV: Strickland 4-

31, Gareth Crisp 3-23, Lane Sewell 2-21, Nelson 1-70, Chase Hailey 1-70, Austin Hodshire 1-16, Sam Schmidt 1-8. R: Daniel Arteaga 1-18.