7:30 p.m. Friday
At Lion Stadium
RECORDS:Rice is 1-3, 0-1 in District 6-2A DII. Blooming Grove is 2-2, 0-1.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Rice: RB/DB Adan Payne, WR/DB Ty Faubion, OL/DL Trey Smiley, QB/LB Dylynn Anderson. Blooming Grove: OL Eric Balderas, OL Dustin Raxter, RB Tyler Morris, QB Tyler Ellis.
UPDATE: Both teams look to get back into the playoff chase after dropping their District 6-2A DII openers last week … in last year’s game, Blooming Grove used a big second quarter to defeat the Bulldogs, 41-21 … Raven Huffman and Chris Atchley both had 12 tackles last week, and Justin Smith added seven … Atchley led the Bulldogs on offense last week, finishing with 79 yards and a touchdown … defensively, the Rice defense is giving up 106 fewer yards per game than at this point last year … last week against Mildred, Tyler Ellis had 156 yards rushing, while Brandon Hayes had seven catches … Travis Whiteside is averaging over eight yards per carry and has scored four times for the Lions … defensively, the Lions are only giving up 258.8 yards per game and held Mildred to 15 yards rushing on 16 carries during the first half.
— Jim Pitts