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.

​Reach sports reporter Leah Vann at 641-421-0526.

Follow her on twitter at @GG_LeahVann

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