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October 26, 2012

GC Football: Week 8 Preview Capsules

Corsicana — Rice at Mildred

7:30 p.m. Friday

At Asby Field

RECORDS: Class 2A Rice is 3-4, 2-2 in District 6-2A DII. Mildred is 6-1, 4-0.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Rice: RB/LB Ragan Henderson, FB/LB Chris Atchley, RB/LB Raven Huffman, OL/DE Justin Smith. Mildred: RB/DB Jeremy Ballard, WR/DB Jase Butler, L Danny Hanna, L Austin Pair.

UPDATE: Rice is coming off a 42-9 win over Millsap, Mildred a 56-18 victory over Tolar … the two teams have not met since 2009, when Mildred won, 38-7 … they have met eight times since Rice began playing varsity football again in 1998, with the Eagles winning all eight by a combined score of 362-48 … Atchley has eclipsed the 100-yard mark in consecutive weeks and has 564 yards rushing for the season … Smith had a 50-yard INT return for a TD last week … Henderson continues to pace Golden Circle rushers with 1,408 yards and 18 TDs; he has 3 more scores receiving … this game features the area’s top two scorers, as Mildred RB Draylon Sterling has 20 TDs (17 rush) … Sterling is 60 yards away from 1,000 … Mildred QB Nic Shimonek played in the ’09 game as a freshman, and was 6 of 11 for 105 yards and a TD … the Eagles continue to have the GC’s No. 1 offense, averaging 472.2 yards and 52.1 points per game … Mildred has punted only 10 times all season, only twice in district … Ballard has a team-high 5 INTs.

— Raymond Linex II

 

Dawson at Frost

7:30 p.m. Friday

At Joe Parum Field

RECORDS: Class 1A Dawson is 0-7, 0-1 in District 9-1A DII. Class 1A Frost is 7-1, 1-1 in District 9-1A DII.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Dawson: RB/DB Ty Skinner, OL/LB Jake Strother, WR/DB Marvin Manning, TE/DE Louis Lachney. Frost: LB Damian Hernandez, OL Colton McGill, FB/LB Cade Rigamonti, WR/DB Josh Rojas.

UPDATE: Dawson has just three more chances in 2012 to pick up their first win since 2010 … they will have their work cut out for them on the road this Friday against a rolling Frost team … the Polar Bears have recorded just one loss this season … that slip up came against district foe Hubbard two weeks ago … Frost is among the Golden Circle leaders in team offense and defense, scoring offense and defense, and boasts a pair of the area’s top rushers in Danial Steels and Robert Worley … the Bulldogs bring their own talented rushing attack to the table, however … Dalton Long averages 6.6 yards per carry for Dawson this season … RB Skinner has become a productive receiving threat out of the Bulldog backfield as well … last year the Polar Bears plowed past Dawson, 42-14, behind a 191-yard, four touchdown rushing performance by Woody Woods … Worley racked up 106 total yards with a pair of scores in that Frost victory … Long tallied 79 yards on the ground while Strother and Skinner accounted for Dawson’s two scores in the 2011 meeting.

— James Ratliff

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