GALENA PARK — “(Houston) is an incredibly fast kid,” Aymond said. “He’s also got outstanding character. We’re trying to bring him along gradually, since it’s a big step up from the freshman team to varsity. He’s one of three backs that we alternate in there at running back, but he’s doing a great job for us.”
Defensively, the Mustangs have been very opportunistic, as seven different players have interceptions this season. The group is led by defensive back Earnest Thomas, who has two INTs this season and is drawing interest from a handful of colleges.
The Titans will match up an offense that has grown as the season goes along against that Mustang front. Memorial’s running game, in particular, has gotten better and better each week. In the last three weeks, the Titans have increased their rushing yards from 198 against Bellaire to 289 against Deer Park to 332 against Channelview last week. Part of that has been the emergence of freshman Kameron Martin (38-279, 3 TDs) and the continued excellence of Ricky Fisk (90-610, 12 TDs), but a big part of it has also been the offensive line becoming more dominant at the point of attack.
“Our offensive line has gotten better and we feel good about where that group is at right now,” Harrison said. “We have a bunch of kids who contribute to our running game, but it starts up front. Ricky has been doing a great job and as a whole, that aspect of the offense has really come around. We need to keep improving there each week.”
In addition to Fisk and Martin in the backfield, expect to see more of both Darius Lemora and Devin Cockrell in the backfield for the Titans. Harrison has used both sparingly so far, with Cockrell getting just four carries for 12 yards this season and Lemora not totaling one carry yet, but that is likely to change against the Mustangs.
The Titans will also welcome Roderic Rucker back to the starting lineup, after he missed last week’s game against Channelview.