Blooming Grove at Rice
7:30 p.m. Friday
At Bulldog Stadium
RECORDS: Class 2A Blooming Grove is 3-1, 0-1 in District 6-2A DII. Class 2A Rice is 1-3, 0-1.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Blooming Grove: RB/LB Ben Nicholson, OL/DL Jose Camarillo, RB/DB Brandon Hayes, QB/DB Jayd Kirby. Rice: QB/DB Dalton Pike, RB/DB Angel Oropeza, OL/DL Blake Smith, OL/DL Irving Briones.
UPDATE: Both the Blooming Grove Lions and the Rice Bulldogs struggled coming off a bye week, dropping their District 6-2A DII openers to Mildred and Scurry Rosser, respectively … despite last week’s shutout, the Lions are still one of the Golden Circle’s top scoring offenses, averaging over 32 points per game … QB Jayd Kirby leads the Blooming Grove offense, averaging 204 yards of total offense per game … Travis Whiteside (5 receptions) and Tyler Morris (122 yards receiving) are Kirby’s top targets … despite outscoring Scurry Rosser in the second half, a huge first half deficit was too much for Rice to overcome last week … Bulldog running back Ragan Henderson has averaged over 275 yards rushing and four touchdowns the past three games … QB Dalton Pike proved to be a weapon on the ground, averaging over 9 yards on four scrambles out of the pocket last week … with a 21-12 victory last season, Blooming Grove holds the overall edge against the Bulldogs 6-2, including four in a row.
— Jim Pitts
Dawson at Normangee
7:30 p.m. Friday
At Panther Stadium
RECORDS: Class 1A DII Dawson is 0-5. Class 1A DII Normangee is 2-3.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Dawson: QB/DB Brandon Cehand, OL/LB Jake Strother, WR/DB Marvin Manning, OL/LB Armondo Martinez. Normangee: OL/DL Dylan Isom, WR Elijah Eastern, DB Dalton Clark, C Blake Shaw.
UPDATE: Last Friday night Dawson scored its first points since Week 0 on a touchdown by freshman RB Ian Norwood … the Bulldogs lost that contest, 62-6, to a hot Bosqueville team … this Friday’s game against Normangee will wrap up Dawson’s pre-district slate … next week the banged up Bulldogs have a much needed bye to heal and prepare for league play … a week ago the Panthers dropped a close game at home, 21-19, to New Waverly … Normangee also has losses to 4-1 Milano (L20-12) and 3-2 Leon (L33-6) ... Normangee has a 2-2 record at Panther Stadium in 2012 … the Bulldogs and Panthers last saw each other in 2006 and 2007 as district foes … Normangee came out on top in both meetings … the Bulldogs were outscored 76-8 in those two contests.
— James Ratliff