RICEVILLE — This was a prime opportunity for some revenge for the Riceville football team.
Welcoming a Tripoli team which handed the Wildcats their lone loss in the first week of the season, Riceville had a chance to get one back in the opening round of the 8-man playoffs Friday. Unfortunately for them, a tough first half spelled doom in a 28-18 loss.
Tripoli jumped to a 28-6 lead at halftime, and a second-half rally fell short for the Wildcats in the 10-point defeat.
Marquise Paino paced the Tripoli offense with 146 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Alex nation added the other score on a fumble recovery.
Riceville finished its season with an 8-2 overall record.