Richland and Arlington Bowie will forever have the distinction of being the first high school playoff game at the new Cowboys Stadium when they meet at 6 p.m. Thursday night - the first game of a double-header with Haltom vs. Arlington Martin - in a Class 5A Division II bi-district matchup.
Bowie beat Richland last year in the first round of the playoffs, and from that experience and also from watching the Volunteers, which have scored 50-plus points in four out of their last seven games, coach Gene Wier knows what to expect from Bowie.
"They're very, very talented," Wier said. "They're easily the most talented team we've played. They have a lot of speed."
To beat Bowie, Richland will have to eliminate the turnover troubles its had in the last three games. The Rebels (6-4) have nine turnovers in the last three games, all losses.
"Unfortunately we've been doing that lately, that's what has been causing us to lose a couple of games," Wier siad. "We're not taking care of the ball real well and giving things away. We can't do that. If you do that when you play a team like [Bowie], the score can all of a sudden get pretty high."
The Rebels will not practice or even tour the new Cowboys Stadium this week in preparation for the game. But Wier said they're pretty excited to be a part of this "first."
"That's pretty neat," he said. "That's something our kids will always have with them."