High School Football Tour: Houston

Houston High School Hilltoppers

HOUSTON, Miss. (WCBI) — One victory was all Houston needed last season.

The Hilltoppers took advantage of a win over Caledonia to make it into the playoffs for the third consecutive season, something that had never been done before in school history.

This season, Houston is banking on their youth growing up as just eight seniors graduated from 2013.

Aug 22 Pontotoc away
Aug 29 Calhoun City home
Sept 5 Okolona home
Sept 12 E Webster away
Sept 19 Choctaw Co home
Sept 26 Eupora away
Oct 3 Caledonia* away
Oct 10 Kosciusko* home
Oct 17 Leake Central* home
Oct 24 W Lauderdale* home
Oct 31 Noxubee Co away
*District games

“The progression through the season is to get better every week and we had a lot of young players last year,” head coach Billy Cook said. “And those players are now more experienced. They are a year older even though some of them were freshmen last season. They move on up and one more year makes a big difference in 4A ball.”

In 2014 the Toppers hope they can hang their hat on the defense and their experienced rushing attack returning.

“During our spring game the defense was shut down,” junior Kevonte Marble said. “We ran the ball well too so hopefully when we get out this season we can build on that.”

“Our new offense benefits the guys at the running back positions,” senior Damien Field said. “We’re really excited about the new offense and running the football.”

Houston hopes using that rushing attack to their advantage will not only get them to the playoffs but help them make some noise this season.

It was just two years ago when Houston made it to the 4A North Semifinals. This season, they aim to make it as far if not farther than that.

“Your goal is to always win the division,” coach Cook said. “If you take care of that then you get into the playoffs. We’ve made it to the playoffs three years in a row and we want to keep that streak alive. We want to get to the point where just getting into the playoffs isn’t enough.”

“We don’t have anything holding us back,” Marble said. “We might as well go all the way.”

So, why not Houston? In a wide open Class 4A, you just never know.

The Toppers will start the season on the road at Pontotoc before coming home to host Calhoun City and Okolona in successive weeks.

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