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Time to Raider Up

October 09, 2019 - 00:00
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  • Time to Raider Up
    Raider moms participated in the annual Mom’s practice with their sons last week. Citizen | Alesia Woolridge
  • Time to Raider Up

One of many district football games kicking off this Friday night will be the Raiders taking on the Sharks, and it should be a good one. The Rice Raiders (2-2) are starting to figure out what kind of team they really are, looking to get a win against a tough, but capable, opponent in the Palacios Sharks (4-1).

The Raiders, led by Senior powerhouse quarterback Ian Hargrove, have tallied up decent numbers. In four games for the Raiders, Hargrove has been the team’s leading passer and rusher, with 169 yards passing and a bruising 596 yards on the ground.

Hargrove is the engine that makes this team go; despite their defense giving up 329 yards per contest, , the team’s offense averages 273 yards per game. The Raiders will have there work cut out for them against a strong passing attack from Palacios Freshman Quarterback Anthony White.

White’s had a productive year in five games, with 880 yards passing, 11 touchdowns and two interceptions. The Shark offense is ranked third in the district, averaging 322 yards per game, followed behind a solid defense that is only allowing 243 yards per contest.

During their bye week, the Raiders’ primary focus was to get guys healthy, fix mistakes and for guys to step up. The Rice Raiders will be ready and eager to show “The Swamp“ what they are capable of in the home district game against the Palacios Sharks this Friday night at 7:30 p.m.