7:30 p.m. Friday
At Bulldog Stadium
RECORDS: Class 1A Dawson 0-1, Class 1A-Kerens 0-1.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Cross Roads: RB/DB Raleigh Seilheirrer, RB/LB Chase Lopez, WR/LB Justin Vaughn, OL/LB Will VanDusen. Rice: OL/DL Billy Stephens, WR/DB Alex Stough, OL/LB Blake Smith, WR/DB Reece Whitt.
UPDATE: Rice won a wild one last year, outscoring the Bobcats 55-42, and leads the overall series 6-3 … Both teams are coming off losses on the road last week, with Rice falling to Eustace 24-7, while Cross Roads lost to Hawkins 54-14 … Rice will be Cross Roads’ second Golden Circle opponent, beating Dawson in Week Zero … Rice sophomore Sergio Gonzalez is averaging over 12 yards per carry this year … Chris Atchley, who leads Rice in rushing this season with 159 yards, had 163 yards last year against the Bobcats … After missing Week Zero with an injury, Austin Peppers returned to the Bulldog secondary last week … Bobcat QB Aaron Arden has completed 14 passes for 205 yards this season … Raleigh Seilheirrer leads the Bobcat defense with 20 tackles, in rushing, receiving, and scoring.
— Jim Pitts
7:30 p.m. Friday
At Parum Field
RECORDS: Class 1A Gateway is 0-2. Class 1A Frost is 1-1.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:: Gateway: QB Michael Jimmerson, DL De Andre Porter, OL/DL Javon Toney, LB Kelvin Williams. Frost: DB Mason Ferguson, QB Zach Terry, RB/LB Woody Woods, DT Christian Woolverton.
Update: Last week Blooming Grove beat Gateway 48-12 ... Frost beat the Gators at the “swamp” last year 28-6 … in that game the Polar Bears held Gateway to 6 rushing yards and 102 passing yards … the Gators graduated 14 seniors and return three starters on each side of the ball … Jimmerson passed for 872 yards and 8 touchdowns while rushing for 573 yards and 3 touchdowns last season … Frost beat Alba-Golden 20-6 last week … Woods had 15 tackles, two tackles for losses, including a sack and two QB pressures ... Woolverton had 9 tackles and Ferguson 6 tackles … Offensively, Terry, in his first start, completed two of his four passes for third down conversions … RB Robert Worley gained 136 yards on 11 carries and scored two touchdowns.