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"Rice" to the Occasion
Updated: Friday, November 22 2013, 03:13 PM CST
It's as automatic in November as turkey, black Friday and mustaches: a Regents School of Austin playoff run. Five of the past seven seasons, the Knights have reached the TAPPS state semi-finals.
"We're trying to be our own team this year that really emphasizes the job that needs to be done," said Knights center/defensive lineman Brandon Dickey. "We need to really execute."
Task number one: Regents revenge. Last week in the first round of the playoffs, the Knights knocked-off Second Baptist - the school that ended their season a year ago.
"At some point after last season ended and this season began, this senior class decided to lead well," Beck Brydon, Regents head football coach, described.
The senior class that Coach raves about is made-up of 12 guys. Two of those 12 are a little bit different from the other ten. And they're different because they're alike.
Kai Rice is a Regents linebacker and running back. McCade Rice is a wide receiver and cornerback. Not only are they brothers; they're twins. And they both scored touchdowns in last Friday's playoff victory.
"To know you helped your team to a win, alongside your brother and your teammates, is really satisfying," said McCade.
The twins are two of the Rices seven children. They get along great, except on the practice field. There, Kai and McCade's relationship is not exactly brotherly loathe, but it's not brotherly love, either.
"I swear, about every other practice I think there's going to be a fistfight between those two because they knock the crud out of each other," said Coach Brydon.
They might not play nice all the time, but that's better than not playing at all. Something that almost happened when the Rice brothers nearly saw their careers end when Kai then McCade suffered serious injuries a year apart.
"Kai, when he was in eighth grade, dislocated his hip on the practice field," explain Stan Rice, the boys' father. "McCade, when he was a freshman, fractured his femur. He had to be helicoptered/life flighted to Brackenridge."
"It's really taught me a lot over the past couple years," McCade explained. "Football is a great game and it's going to be something I really miss."
And the Rice brothers hope they'll have a few more games to play and appreciate. After all, this is the time of year we spend with family.
by Adam Winkler