Palacios ready to open district against Rice
After spending the off week working on themselves, the Palacios Sharks are ready for the opening of district play this Friday when the Sharks host Altair Rice in the District 13-3A opener at 7:30 p.m.
“This open week comes at a great time for us,” said Palacios Head Football Coach Chad Graves said. “We got a chance to get away from the day-to-day grind of things but still it allowed us to work on our fundamentals. We tried to work on as much scheme stuff as we could early in the season and now we can step back and work on the fundamental aspect of the game.”
Rice Consolidated is led by senior quarterback Darren Gentry, who has passed for 303 yards and four touchdowns in non-district play this year. Gentry’s favorite targets in the air have been senior Tarris Fields, who has five receptions for 113 yards and one touchdown and junior Warren Scott Jr. with four receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown.
Rice does most of its offensive damage on the ground and is led by senior Devin Sims with 338 yards rushing and four touchdowns while Scott has 318 yards on the ground and three touchdowns. Senior Joseph Castillo has also rushed for 128 yards while Fields has added 112 yards on the ground and three touchdowns.
“We were excited about the open week,” Graves said. “We can get a couple of players back from some injuries and get us in a position where we can work to compete for district.”
Palacios started the year 3-0 but is now reeling on a two-game losing stream and with district starting this Friday, it is imperative that the Sharks get their game together now.