RICE -- Rice's Bulldogs ran into a powerhouse from Palmer in their District 7-3A DII opener Friday night and fell 39-0.

The Bulldogs had a tough break at the start of the game.

"We had our fullback down early in the game which altered our game plan a little on both sides of the ball so what started out as a promising looking game derailed in the second quarter and we were never able to recover," Rice coach Andy Mills said. "Give credit to Palmer. They are a good team, but we felt like coming in that we could play with them. However, we didn't do our part."

The Bulldogs are now 2-2 and travel to Blooming Grove next week for a key district game.

"We will have to learn from our mistakes and then forget this game, knowing we have a much improved Blooming Grove team coming up" Mills said. 

There were some bright spots.

Brycen Clark played well on defense with three tackles for losses and an interception and Hayden Brown and Dakota Jessie had some good stops on defense for the Dawgs.

Mills said his team needs to play better through the week to be able to win on Friday nights.

"We have to develop better practice habits so we can play at the level we are capable of playing on Friday night," he said. "It starts with coaches demanding more from the kids and better preparation for Friday night. We believe and know we have the kids to get things right."

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