From Staff Reports
Corsicana Daily Sun
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
Wortham at Hubbard
7:30 p.m. Friday
At Jaguar Field
RECORDS: Class 1A Wortham is 3-5, 1-1 in District 9-1A DII. Hubbard is 5-2, 1-0.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Wortham: RB Tyvon Freeman, RB/P Shane Sykora, NT Cameron Lewis, RB/DB Kyle Goener, DE Steven Hutson. Hubbard: FB/LB Trey Henderson, WR/DB D’Warren Simmons, QB Casen Martin, OL/DL Kenyon Mathis, LB Alex Jimenez.
UPDATE: Wortham dropped a 49-13 decision at home to Frost last week ... Hubbard had the district’s open week after taking a tough 44-27 road win ... the Bulldogs actually scored first against Frost before the Polar Bears turned three second-quarter turnovers into scores ... In their win at Frost, the Jaguars rebounded from a 15-12 halftime deficit with four TDs in the second half ... Wortham has switched QBs with Brandon Campbell throwing for 540 yards and 4 TDs ... Hubbard WR D’Warren Simmons had a huge game at Frost with four receptions for 168 yards and 2 TDs ... RBs Trey Henderson and Logan McClinton split rushing duties in the Jags’ last game in the continued absence of all-state RB Bradley Walker who is still nursing an injury suffered in the Bosqueville loss on Sept. 7 ... Hubbard leads the all-time series 24-5 between the two clubs and is 10-2 since 2000 when the two opponents have met every year ... Wortham’s last win in the series was a 35-8 home victory in 2010 when Hubbard finished 0-10.
— Don A. Sims
Kerens at Cross Roads
7:30 p.m. Friday
At Rock Tower Stadium
RECORDS: Class 1A Kerens is 3-4, 1-1 in District 6-1A DI. Cross Roads is 1-6, 0-2.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Kerens: QB Nate Betts, RB Rayvon Faulk, WR Brett Anderson, LB Mike Kline, WR/DB Lane Green. Cross Roads: LB Shawn Himes, OL Seth McGlaun, DB Taylor Johnson, DL Chase Lopez, WR Chad Sherrell.
UPDATE: Kerens evened its district record with a 28-6 victory over Dallas Gateway ... the Bobats average 356 yards per game on offense ... Betts continues to improve in the passing game, completing 45.5 percent of his passes ... Betts is fourth in the Golden Circle in passing with 557 yards .. he has 11 interceptions, also the most in the area ... Anderson continues to put up spectacular numbers with 20 receptions for 440 yards and seven TDs ... Kerens’ defense allowed only 173 yards and is sixth in the area giving up 292 yards per game ... the Bobcats forced three more turnovers for 15 takeaways this season ... Cross Roads lost to Italy 49-2 last week ... the Bobcats have a new coach, Brad Wallace, who replaced former Kerens assistant Steve Almuete ... Cross Roads’ lone win came in the season opener against winless Dawson 36-34.
— Todd Wills