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Houston to battle familiar foe in round one of playoffs

If the Houston High School varsity football team needs any extra motivation going into Friday night’s playoff game at Southwind they need look no further than Oct. 19, when the Mustangs were outscored 20-0 in the last three quarters of the eventual loss.
With a 21-6 lead going into the second quarter, Houston failed to score again and lost the home contest 26-21.
The narrow victory represented one of many for the 7-3 Jaguars this season.
After starting hot with a 3-0 record, Southwind crashed back down to earth after a 40-18 loss to Trezevant (8-2).
The Jaguars went on to win their next two games, including a triple-overtime slug out at Collierville, before falling to Germantown by one point.
Southwind fell to Ridgeway the next week before wrapping up their season with close wins over Houston and Overton.
With the exception of blowouts against Kirby and Wooddale (which are a combined 2-18), Southwind’s 4-point average margin of victory is among the lowest in the county.
In fact, the Jaguars beat Memphis East, Collierville and Houston this season by a combined 9 points.
After opening the season with a loss to Bolton, the Mustangs went on a six-game win streak over teams like 7-3 Ridgeway and 5-5 Collierville.
Coming off back-to-back losses at Germantown and against Southwind, Houston wrapped up its season with 28-6 victory at winless Kirby.
With an offense that places an emphasis on the run, Houston’s primary rusher is junior Marquis Marshall. The talented 5-foot-6-inch running back has picked up nearly 500 yards in the Mustang’s last four games.
Marshall is assisted by scrambling junior quarterback Walker Lamberth, who has run for a touchdown in each of the last four contests.
The Mustangs are averaging 28 points a game this season and holding their opponents to an average of 17 points. Their average margin of victory is 20 points.

Houston junior quarterback Walker Lamberth has run for a touchdown in each of the last four games.

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