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Dragons suffer first loss

[Kevin Lewter/bigKphotos.com] Sophomore quarterback Alex Hicks looks down field while eluding a Houston defender.

The Collierville High School varsity football team suffered its first loss of the season Friday night 24-10 at the hands of Houston High School.
Turnovers prevented the Dragons from capitalizing on a balanced offensive game plan that included more than 100 passing yards and 100 yards on the ground. Head Coach Michael O’Neill said turnovers and yellow flags derailed any momentum for the Dragons on offense.
Houston scored the only touchdown of the first quarter on a 40-yard pass from Walter Lamberth to Malik Elion. The completion was the only one for Houston in the entire game.
“We knew or prepared for the ground attack,” O’Neill said, “and held them under 200 yards total offense.”
The Mustangs scored twice again in the second quarter on a run from Sam Jacobs and a 37-yard field goal from C.J. Stafford.
The Dragons scored before the half on a 29-yard Corbin Peeper field goal.
Houston began the second half with another 3-yard touchdown run from Jacobs.
Collierville matched the score with a 2-yard run from junior running back Mitch Owens.
Neither team scored again in the game.
Junior quarterback Clay Casey had 32 yards and one interception before suffering a first-quarter concussion. He will be out for one- to- two weeks, O’Neill said.
Sophomore quarterback Alex Hicks, who finished with 82 yards and one interception, will be his replacement.
Dragon wide receiver Drew Van de Vuurst finished with 78 yards on three receptions.
“Look for Drew to do some big things this year,” O’Neill said.
Collierville (1-1) will play at Cordova High School (0-3) this Friday.

[Kevin Lewter/bigKphotos.com] Sophomore linebacker Cameron Doyle tackles Houston running back Marquis Marshall. Marshall finished the game with 85 yards on 18 carries.

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