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Mustangs get first win

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

The Houston High School varsity football team used opportunistic defense and a ground-and-pound offensive attack to win its first game of the season 24-10 at home against Collierville High School.

Houston’s ability to force 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. Collierville High School 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 the Mustangs in the game.

“We knew or prepared for their ground attack,” O’Neill said, “and held them under 200 yards total offense.”

However, 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.

Collierville 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.

Houston running back Marquis Marshall finished the game with 85 yards on 18 carries.

The Mustangs (1-1) will play at winless Bartlett this Friday at 7 p.m.