Springtown lost its bid for the leg up on the district title against Kennedale last week, unable to hold off the Wildcats running attack in the second half, while also granting some giveaways. Pojo meets up with another run-based offense this week, though probably not as potent. Still, the Springtown defense needs to develop some stubbornness as it tries to nail down the runner-up spot in the standings (and beyond), because chances are Kennedale will not stub its toe.
Barring turnovers, the Porcupines still have the most high-powered offense in the district, and should hold serve through the rest of the slate. Last week revealed a nice throw-and-catch game between sophomore quarterback Landry Turner and classmate Mateo Herrera. The wideout was on the receiving end of five Turner tosses totalling 145 yards that also netted a TD.
Millsap vs. Rice
Time: 7:30 p.m., Friday
Site: Bulldog Stadium
Type: District 6-2A-Div II contest
Last year’s result: Rice 42, Millsap 9
Rice Bulldogs (2-4, 1-2)
Last season: 4-6 overall, 3-4 in District 6-2A, Div. II
Last week: Beat Rio Vista 34-22
Players to watch: RB/LB Chris Atchley (5-9, 180); LB Raven Huffman (6-0, 175; QB Austin Peppers; OL Justin Smith; DT Jon Ortiz.
Millsap Bulldogs (2-4, 1-2)
Last season: 0-10 overall, 0-7 in District 6-2A, Div. II
Last week: Lost to Mildred, 70-14
Players to watch: LB Timothy Newberry (6-1,195, 4.8) RB/LB Dylan Burton, OL/DL Tre Newby, OL/DL Mitchell Coker, RB/DB Coleman Hutchison, WR/DB Kaden King, OL Clint Holloway.
Game notes: Poring over the stats of the two Bulldog squads who will meet on Friday, the game looks to be a potentially close contest on paper. The identical records are of little evidence, but their meeting with a common opponent (Rio Vista) suggests a dogfight may be brewing as Millsap and Rice try to even respective districts marks.