Rockvale football coach Rick Rice is asking for prayers for his 25-year old son Austin who was involved in a serious auto crash around 3 a.m.Tuesday morning in Lewis County.
Rice is listed in critical condition at the Vanderbilt Trauma Center. He underwent surgery on Thursday to reduce pressure to his brain.
Coach Rice plans to lead the Rockets in Friday night's region 3-6A game at Coffee County, as long as his son's condition does not change for the worse.
The Rutherford County Board of Education hired Rick Rice at the first of the year to be the first head football coach at the new high school. He served for 21 years in that position at Lewis County.