For the second week this season; Brach Rice from Dixie Heights is the @minguabeefjerky Protein-packed Performer- @RiceBrach @CoachPBurke @tsfootball @1776Bank @evans02_mike @PrepSpin @sfitz_whas840 @840WHAS

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’24 LB (& Redhawk commitment) demonstrated prowess on offense and defense in round one

We reported on this guy and awarded him this same distinction back in August of 2023. He had a night, in the first round, we just had to reward. It isn’t everyday a 5A player contributes this significantly on two sides of the line of scrimmage. Since we last awarded him the Protein-packed Performer, Brach has committed to Miami of Ohio and we hear he is firm to the “Redhawks.” Great choice!

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Friday Night Score: Dixie Heights 60, Woodford County 14

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Brach Rice, a ’24 LB is listed by recruiting services as an ATH (athlete). Rice is an All-State performer who calls himself a KHSAA, “triple threat.” The 6’3,” 220 pound athletes is a superstar football player who plays both basketball and baseball too, hence the three threats.

Rice is easily among Kentucky’s best linebackers in the ’24 class. Brice won this same award back in August but this week’s production warrants another box of world famous jerky products and a super cool T-shirt. 

In round one, against a Woodford County team which look, at times this year, like a 5A contender, Rice rushed for nearly 100-yards (92) on only 7-carries, scoring three (3) TDs. That is averaging 13.14-yards per carry and a TD almost every other touch on a side of the ball which isn’t the side on which he has garnered most of his recruiting attention.

It isn’t as if he took defense off in round one either. Rice registered 15-tackles and a tackle and a half (1.5) behind the line (TFL) to pace the stop-squad.

On the year, and this is just incredible, Rice registered 160-tackles in his first 11-games, with a whopping 32.5-TFLs, and 13-QB sacks together with a pair of FFs and a pair of FRs. Rice, also has scored 5-rushing TDs this year, three of which came in the first round.

Everyone on the field, and on the Woodford sideline, expected Rice to lead the team in tackles and TFLs the other night. Literally no one would have expected his gaining close to one-hundred yards from scrimmage and crossing the goal line thrice.

Dixie Heights is perhaps the best 5-6 team in 5A; but a trip to Fort Thomas, KY may render that fact moot

Friday Night Fletch

Dixie Heights is not your standard 5-6 ball club. For one thing, Heights lost to Beechwood 49-48 in overtime and lost by just seven (7) points to Covington Catholic.

These same two teams met during the regular season. The first game was in Edgewood, Kentucky and the Bluebirds came out on top by a 30-point margin on September 29.

Brach Rice, Dixie Heights, ’24 LB; Highlights vs. Woodford

Look around fans. This isn’t September.

High school football is generally divided into two seasons. In season one, the regular season, if you lose, you go home, lick your wounds, and get ready for next Friday night. In season two, you lose and you’re a basketball player.

Sure, this same player won this award back on August 26, 2023. Just like it isn’t September any longer, it certainly isn’t August.

Rice wins this award not only for being an elite defender, which he has been all year; but, for being an elite offensive threat for his team on the offensive side of the football against the Yellow Jackets. They will need some more of that from him if they are to survive an encounter with the Bluebirds in Ft. Thomas, Kentucky in round two.

Join us next week as we return to honor another weekly prize winner. Until then, pop some Mingua Beef Jerky in your mouth and savor the quality and flavor which sets it apart from the competition. Remember, our product is superior and one of a kind; just like Dixie Heights’, Brach Rice. 

This is Friday Night Fletch reporting for Kentucky Prep Gridiron and reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE. Don’t forget to SAVOR THE FLAVOR! 

Dixie Heights travels to Fort Thomas, Kentucky to battle Highlands High. Calpreps.com predicts the Bluebirds to beat Dixie Heights 48-21

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