Tough Yards

Senior Noah Mendoza picks up a couple of yards against East Bernard earlier in the season. Mendoza has 77 yards on 14 carries so far this season.

The Rice Consolidated Raiders (4-3, 2-1) will have a tough matchup at home against the Columbus Cardinals (6-2, 3-0).

After back-to-back wins, the Raiders will get a chance to lock up a playoff spot if they can beat the Cardinals, who have already clinched a top-four seed in district.

Against Hitchcock last week, the offense broke out and the Raiders ran the ball for 393 yards. Rice Consolidated senior Warren Scott Jr. had a big game collecting three sacks and scoring two touchdowns on 53 rushing yards.

Columbus leads the district in offense with 407 yards a game.

The Raiders defense will have to stop the Cardinals rushing game who has the district’s leading rusher in senior Tyree Simcik with 1,570 yards. Simcik is averaging nine yards a carry.

The Raiders will try to match the Cardinals offense. Rice Consolidated senior Ian Hargrove is third in district rushing for 903 yards.

Rice Consolidated’s final regular-season game will be Friday when they go on the road to play the Hempstead Bobcats.

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