Rice at Rio Vista
7:30 p.m. Friday
At Eagle Field
RECORDS: Class 2A Rice is 1-4, 0-2 in 6-2A DII. Rio Vista is 2-3, 1-1.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Rice: WR/DB Codie Pair, OL/LB Justin Smith, TE/LB Jaime Metcalfe, OL/DL Scott Robinson. Rio Vista: QB/DB Nick Russell, OL/LB Ryan Jimison, WR/DB Garrett Woodlee, RB/DB Jacob Stanley.
UPDATE: Third meeting between the two schools, with Rio Vista winning both of the previous matchups, including 14-7 season opening win last year, scoring twice in the fourth quarter… Last week, Rice lost to district rival Blooming Grove 41-21… Ragan Henderson surpassed the 1000 yard mark rushing last week, but was held 70 yards below his season average of 220 yards per game… Dalton Pike got the Bulldog passing game going in the fourth quarter last week, completing four passes for 63 yards, including two to Eric Hughes and a scoring pass to Henderson… After missing the three previous games, Raven Huffman returned last week to lead the Bulldog defense with 10 stops… The Eagles opened district play two weeks ago with a win over Millsap, but fell last week at Mildred, 56-7… Nick Russell and Jacob Stanley led Rio Vista last week, combining for 79 yards of total offense against the stout Mildred defense… Rio Vista is undefeated at home this year and has already eclipsed last season’s win total.
— Jim Pitts
Mildred at Millsap
7:30 p.m. Friday
At Bulldog Stadium
RECORDS: Class 2A Mildred is 4-1, 2-0 in District 6-2A DII. Millsap is 0-5, 0-2.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Mildred: L Jasper Marshall, RB/LB Nathan Childress, L Hunter Freeman, L Joe Carrizales. Millsap: L Payton Vanderver, WR/DB Shawn Harper, RB Kristian Martinez, LB/L Tim Newberry.
UPDATE: Mildred is coming off a 56-7 win over a Rio Vista team that beat Millsap, 31-7, two weeks ago … Millsap lost to Tolar last week, 61-0 … the Eagles are beginning to look a lot like the team that went to the semifinals last year, outscoring its last two opponents, 117-7, and outgaining them 1,068-223 … Mildred is averaging 46.4 points and 461.2 yards per game … the Eagles have seven players with at least two TDs, led by Draylon Sterling with 8 … the two schools are 130 miles apart (according to Google Maps driving directions), about 30 miles more than previous district long haul Lone Oak … Millsap went 3-7 last year but returned only three starters on each side of the ball … the Bulldogs have been outscored 232-20.
— Raymond Linex II