Being mean in everyday life is typically a characteristic of an unsavory person.
Being mean on the football field is a compulsory trait in a game that is essentially survival of the fittest.
Lucas Rice is a nice guy off the field, but between the lines, Rice is football mean.
The 6-foot-2, 260-pound Mt. Vernon junior combines that mean streak with versatility on the gridiron, a rare flexibility that allowed MV coach Doug Armstrong and his defensive staff to move Rice off the defensive line to middle linebacker for a significant portion of the Marauders’ 55-0 win over Greenfield-Central last week.
With starting linebackers Alex Chambers (leg) and Brayton Shannon (shoulder) hampered by injuries, Rice traded in a three-point stance inches away from the opposition for an upright position yards off the ball.
The Black Out defense didn’t miss a beat, limiting Cougar rushers to 2.9 yards per carry, recovering four fumbles and pitching the Marauders’ first shutout since Week 8 of 2012.