GALENA PARK — Turnovers will be key to this game. The two most complete games Memorial has played this season were against Houston Westside and Channelview. Not surprisingly, those were also the only two games this season that the Titans have not had a turnover.
North Shore, on the other hand, has shown a fondness for making turnovers. The Mustangs lead 21-5A in both interceptions (8) and fumbles recovered (13) with a stellar turnover margin of plus-16.
“Our kids understand that against this quality opponent, we can’t turn the ball over,” Harrison said. “Against an opponent that is as explosive as North Shore, turnovers can be killer.”
North Shore is led on offense by senior quarterback Micah Thomas. The 6-foot-1, 180 pounder was injured in last year’s game against Memorial, but has come back strong this season. Thomas has passed for 763 yards this season with five TDs and one INT while rushing for another 342 yards and seven TDs.
“We had three long runs for touchdowns called back last year in the Port Arthur game,” Aymond said. “Micah fell on his thumb and broke it on one of those runs. He didn’t tell us about it and played the whole second half while it swelled up. We didn’t know at the time, and then after the game, he was lost for the season. It was a blow to our football team. He’s done a great job this year. He’s done an unselfish job leading this team and making our offense work.”
A trio of backs makes their home behind Thomas, as the Mustangs rotate them in and out depending on the play. The team’s leading rusher is one of those, as sophomore Tristan Houston has popped onto the scene in a big way. The explosive Houston is averaging 18.5 yards per carry this season, his first on the varsity team.