Rice at Dallas
7:30 p.m. Friday
RECORDS: Rice is 3-6, 2-4 in District 6-2A DII. Life Oak Cliff is 2-7, 2-4.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Rice: WR/DB Daniel Arteaga, WR/DB Reece Whitt, RB/DB Adan Payne, OL/DL Jon Ortiz. Life Oak Cliff: QB/DB Christopher Fellows, OL/DL Eval Lopez, RB/DB Bebraylon Mcclinton, WR/DB Justin Holden.
UPDATE: Due to unplayable field conditions at Life Oak Cliff, the game has been moved to Ferris High School … it’s the fourth meeting between the two schools, with Life Oak Cliff holding a 2-1 advantage … Rice rushed for over 500 yards last season to edge the Lions, 35-33 … Last week, the Bulldogs dropped their home finale to Tolar, while Life Oak Cliff struggled at Mildred … after giving up almost 500 yards per game last season, the Bulldog defense has reduced that down to only 350 yards per game this season … Adan Payne’s 65-yard run last week was the longest the Bulldogs this season … also last week, a 46-yard pass from Austin Peppers to Daniel Arteaga was the longest Rice pass play this season … Debraylon McClinton rushed for 87 yards and a score for the Lions last week against Mildred.
— Jim Pitts
Kerens at Italy
7:30 p.m. Friday
At Willis Field
RECORDS:Class 1A Kerens is 5-4 and 3-1 in District 6-1A DI. Italy is 5-4 and 4-0.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Kerens: QB Nate Betts, WR/DB Brett Anderson, WR/DB Jeremy Gould, K/WR/LB Jovani Coronado. Italy: DL Zain Yers, WR Cody Boyd, C Kyle Fortenberry, OL Kevin Roldan.
UPDATE: The magic number for Kerens is 15 ... The Bobcats have to win the game by 15 or more points to have a chance to win the district title ... If they win by 15 and Cayuga wins there will be a three-way tie for first and the title will be decided by a coin flip ... If Kerens wins and Cayuga loses to Dallas Gateway then the Bobcats would win the title outright with one loss in the district to Cayuga and the head-to-head tiebreaker against Italy ... This is a game between two different styles .. Kerens is fast and athletic and Italy depends on its size and toughness and a defense that is tough to move the ball against ... The Gladitors can wrap up the title with a win, having already beaten Cayuga ...
Kerens is coming off a 41-8 win over Itasca ...Betts threw for four TDs and ran for another.