Brach Rice is an example of how the overall product surrounding Kentucky High School football has improved over the years. This guy is a “take” at the FBS, Mid-major level in two sports (football and baseball) and, in football, at two positions (TE/DE). This guy has a lot of D-1s circling and that will continue.Fletcher W. Long, Senior Scout and Editorial Board Member KPGFootball
We pour through the official statistics from seasons past kept by the KHSAA and onto which teams are required to input statistical data on fear of a fine of some sort. If your team isn’t complying with the mandate to provide said stats (and just paying the fine), and if you are aggrieved we don’t sufficiently cover your squad, well; now you know why.
With all the hoopla and bull malarky being evenly applied to the recruiting landscape, we find it comforting to see a player’s production; just to make sure he can really play. We have one for your today you will continue to see covered and not just for football.
Brach Rice is listed as a TE/DE for Class 6A’s Dixie Heights. The Colonels were 7-5 a year ago and had trouble (losing twice) to Ryle but they were able to beat some fine clubs on the way to its second round exit.
Dixie Heights beat Conner, Highlands, and Simon Kenton twice. They dropped close calls to both Cooper, 19-10, and Beechwood (2A State Champions, 15-0 in ’21) 21-14. The point we are attempting to make here, they are a very fine football team and program located in Edgewood, KY.
Hitting the lineup for any 6A football team during one’s sophomore year is something of which to be proud. Leading the team in QB-sacks and ranking among the leaders in TFLs, receptions, yards receiving, and receiving TDs is all right impressive too.
Rice is 6-3 and 210-pounds of stone. In ’21, the then-sophomore had 29-tackles, 4-TFLs, and 4-QB sacks. At TE, he was the team’s second leading receiver with 16-grabs for 271-yards and 3-TDs.
Rice is a guy we have penciled in as one of the commonwealth’s finest at both of his positions, TE and DE. Toledo has noticed as they have already had him up for a visit with other FBS, Division 1 programs circling.
Get this…he is also a prospect on the diamond. Rice pitches for the varsity baseball team and acts as its closer.
Now Dixie Heights has lost quite a bit to the graduation stage. Rice is its leading returning tackler at 29-hits.
Logan Landers is gone. His production for the offense was critical in ’21.
Landers threw for nearly 1,900 yards, ran for close to 900, and tossed 15-TD aerials, scoring over the ground 12-times. Landers led his offense in scoring.
Kel Hawkins has exhausted his eligibility as has All-Stater, Evan Wibberly, and all three of those talents are headed to play in college. We have featured previously both Hawkins and Landers.
Suffice it to say Brach Rice will have to step it up for the team to continue to enjoy the success it enjoyed in both ’20 and ’21. Good thing Rice is ready to step it up. Thank goodness keeping Dixie Heights in the Class 6A, 6th-District championship race ain’t no hill for a climber.
This is Coach HB Lyon, reporting for KPGFootball, and we’re JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!
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