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Raiders Advance In Playoffs, Travel To Sinton Friday

The Rice Raiders defeated the Comfort Bobcats in the Bi-District round of the 3A Division 1 playoffs last Friday 35-29 to advance to Area.

The Raiders’ season record is 5-6 overall and 2-3 in district.

Rice opened up the game scoring on a 75-yard touchdown run by Todd Nicholas and a 28-yard touchdown run by Jordan Johnson.

Comfort also scored but Rice was led the Bobcats 14-8 in the first quarter.

During the second quarter, Rice scored two more touchdowns to take a 27-8 lead into halftime.

Comfort scored again in the third quarter, but the Raiders maintained the lead at 35-16.

The Bobcats tried to make a comeback in the fourth quarter, but fell short of a comeback.

Jordan Johnson was 7 of 16 passing for 145 yards and 3 touchdowns, had 87 rushing yards and 1 rushing touchdown.

Braden Faas caught 1 pass for 30 yards and had 1 touchdown.

Turner Mattoon caught 1 pass for 13 yards and had 1 touchdown.

Todd Nicholas caught 1 pass for 12 yards, had 81 rushing yards and 1 touchdown.

Marcus Cooper caught 1 pass for 26 yards and had 85 rushing yards.

JaQuad McGrew caught 3 passes for 64 yards and had 1 touchdown.

Defensive leaders for the Raiders were: Luther Cole – 11 tackles, 10 solo, 1 fumble recovery; Philip Torres – 8 tackles, 7 solo; JaKavius McGrew – 7 tackles, 4 solo; Marcus Cooper – 6 tackles, 6 solo; Mason Reyes – 5 tackles, 3 solo, 1 fumble recovery; Brandon Teague – 5 tackles, 3 solo; Christian Gonzales – 5 tackles, 3 solo, 1 fumble recovery; Ashton Pavlu – 5 tackles, 2 solo; Jordan Johnson – 4 tackles; Zach Wigginton – 2 tackles, 2 solo; Todd Nicholas – 1 tackle, 1 solo, 1 fumble recovery; Bruno Castillo – 1 tackle; Andrew Tavera – 1 tackle, 1 solo.

Game Recap

Rice scored early in the game with a 75-yard touchdown run by Todd Nicholas.

Comfort received the ball at the 47.

The Bobcats fumbled on the first play but were able to recover it.

A few plays later, Comfort scored with a 30-yard touchdown run.

The two-point conversion was good giving the Bobcats an 8-7 lead.

Rice received the ball at the 25.

On the first play, Johnson’s 40-yard pass to JaQuad McGrew gave the Raiders a first down.

Rice scored on the third play with a 28-yard touchdown run by Jordan Johnson.

The extra point made by Daniel Cantu put Rice back in the lead 14-8 with 6:49 left in the first quarter.

The Raiders kicked off to Comfort and recovered a fumble at the 25.

Rice wasn’t able to score during this possession.

Comfort got the ball back at the 20.

A few plays later, the Raider defense forced a fumble and took the ball at the 41.

Johnson ran the ball for about 15 yards giving the Raiders another first down.

Cooper then ran the ball, putting Rice in excellent field position to score.

A few plays later, Rice scored with a 4-yard touchdown pass from Johnson to McGrew.

The extra point was made by Cantu, making the score 21-8.

Comfort fumbled the ball again and Rice recovered at the 40 with 9:26 left in the second quarter.

Three plays later, the Raiders scored again with a 30-yard touchdown pass from Johnson to Braden Faas.

The extra point made by Cantu, gave Rice a 27-8 lead.

Comfort received the ball at the 25.

A few plays later, the ball was intercepted by Nicholas giving the Raiders possession of the ball.

At the end of the first half, Rice had a 27-8 lead over Comfort.

Comfort fumbled on the second play and Rice recovered again.

Rice scored a few plays later with a 13-yard touchdown pass from Johnson to Mattoon.

The extra point was made by Cantu, making the score 35-8 with 9:09 left in the third quarter.

Comfort received the ball at the 43.

The Bobcats were able to score again after a few plays with a 13-yard run.

The two-point conversion made the score 35-16.

Comfort was successful with an onside kick and recovered the ball at the 46.

On the third play, however, the Bobcats fumbled and the Raiders recovered at the 29-yard line.

The Raiders weren’t able to score during the possession.

The Bobcats got the ball back at the 33.

On the second play, they broke a 61-yard touchdown run.

The extra point was no good, making the score 35-22

Rice received the ball at the 49.

Unable to score during their possession again, Comfort took over at the 33.

On the first play Cole intercepted a pass, giving Rice the possession of the ball at the 37.

On the next play Rice fumbled the ball and Comfort recovered.

Comfort scored four plays later with a 5-yard touchdown run.

The extra-point was good, making the final score 35-29.

The Rice Raiders (5-6, 2-3) will take on the Mathis Pirates (8-3, 2-2) in Sinton at Sinton High School Football Stadium Friday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Area play-off.

Mathis defeated Aransas Pass 38-28 in their most recent contest.

Winner of this game would advance to Regional to take on the winner of Hempstead and Hallettsville, scheduled for November 21.   [-end of story-]

 

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