CLASS 5A DIVISION II
Region III Bi-District Playoff

Rosenberg Lamar Consolidated Mustangs (7-3)

vs,

Marshall Mavericks (8-2)

7:30 p.m. Friday
Maverick Stadium, Marshall

Coaches

  • Lamar Consolidated: Rock LaFavers
  • Marshall: Claude Mathis

Last week

Next week

  • Winner vs. Nederland or Fort Bend Willowridge, 5A Division II area playoff

Players to watch

Lamar Consolidated

  • QB BJ Harris, Jr., 6-0, 170 (85 of 146, 914 yards, 11 TDs, 7 INTs; 105 carries, 446 yards, 12 TDs)
  • RB Taye McWilliams, Jr., 6-1, 195 (97 carries, 743 yards, 9 TDs; 7 catches, 51 yards, 1 TD)
  • RB Deonte' Castleberry, Sr., 5-5, 170 (94 carries, 641 yards, 6 TDs; 6 catches, 81 yards, 2 TDs)
  • RB Daniel Blackmore, Jr., 5-11, 155 (88 carries, 566 yards, 5 TDs)
  • WR Cameron Dotson, Jr., 6-2, 180 (25 catches, 293 yards, 4 TDs)
  • DT AJ Harris, Jr., 5-10, 270 (62 tackles, 12 for loss, 1 sack)
  • DT Ivan Kuykendall, Sr., 5-11, 265 (61 tackles, 17 for loss, 3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles)
  • CB Darrin Boston, Soph., 5-9, 140 (15 tackles, 1 for loss, 6 INTs, 8 PBUs, 1 fumble recovery)

Marshall

  • QB JJ Green, Jr., 6-4, 170 (117 of 199, 1,956 yards, 28 TDs, 7 INTs; 81 carries, 512 yards, 4 TDs)
  • WR Tahj Washington, Sr., 5-11, 168 (36 catches, 659 yards, 9 TDs; 21 carries, 187 yards, 3 TDs)
  • WR De'Kendrick Bender, Sr., 6-2, 196 (26 catches, 477 yards, 8 TDs; 31 carries, 321 yards, 6 TDs; 6 of 12, 139 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT)
  • WR Savion Williams, Jr., 6-5, 203 (33 catches, 528 yards, 9 TDs; 9 carries, 37 yards)
  • LB Brevin Randle, Sr., 6-0, 216 (87 tackles, 27.5 for loss, 3.5 sacks, 13 QB pressures, 1 PBU, 2 forced fumbles, 2 recoveries, 3 defensive TDs)
  • DE Mike Washington, Soph., 5-11, 210 (55 tackles, 28 for loss, 9 sacks, 9 QB pressures, 2 PBUs, 1 forced fumble, 1 recovery)
  • S Champ Mathis, Sr., 5-10, 170 (41 tackles, 2 for loss, 2 INTs, 10 PBUs, 1 forced fumble, 1 recovery)
  • LB Ky'gze Turner, Jr., 5-9, 210 (74 tackles, 19 for loss, 3 sacks, 1 PBU, 2 forced fumbles, 1 recovery)

Just the facts

  • Lamar Consolidated is averaging 36.1 points and 348 yards per game -- 254.9 rushing and 93.1 passing.
  • The cumulative record of Lamar Consolidated's opponents is 37-63 (.370).
  • The Mustangs have yet to defeat a team with a winning record this season.
  • Lamar Consolidated is allowing 18.9 points per game, has nine sacks, and has forced 31 turnovers -- 15 interceptions and 16 fumbles.
  • Marshall is averaging 40.3 points and 435.6 yards per game -- 213.1 rushing and 222.5 passing.
  • The cumulative record of Marshall's opponents is 55-45 (.550).
  • The Mavericks are defeating teams by an average of 28.7 points during their current seven-game winning streak.
  • Marshall is allowing 23.8 points per game, has 21 sacks, and has forced 16 turnovers -- nine interceptions and seven fumbles.
Marshall QB JJ Green. (© Clint Buckley, ETSN.fm)

Key matchup: Marshall passing attack vs. Lamar Consolidated secondary. While the Mavericks' running game has improved as the season has progressed, Marshall is still dominated offensively by its talented quarterback and receiving corps. Junior quarterback JJ Green has passed for 28 touchdowns in 2018, and thrown for almost 2,000 yards. Three Division I recruits at receiver -- seniors Tahj Washington and De'Kendrick Bender and junior Savion Williams -- can make life for opposing secondaries difficult. The pass-catching trio has teamed for 95 receptions, 1,664 yards, and 26 touchdowns. Marshall welcomes the challenge of a shootout with its array of explosive playmakers in the passing game, so it would be wise for opponents to keep the big plays to a minimum.

Marshall WR/ATH Tahj Washington. (© Clint Buckley, ETSN.fm)

Lamar Consolidated has been excellent on defense for most of the season, and while the Mustangs don't necessarily possess a fearsome pass rush, they make up for it with a ball-hawking collection of defenders. Lamar Consolidated forces an average of three turnovers per game, and has 15 interceptions as a team, led by sophomore cornerback Darrion Boston, who has six. However, six other Mustangs have recorded at least one pick this season. Green has been victimized for seven interceptions in 2018, so Lamar Consolidated is hoping its defensive secondary can subtract a couple of potential scoring possessions for Marshall's offense.

Don't be surprised if: Friday's game is relatively low-scoring. Lamar Consolidated is allowing a little more than 18 points per game, and as noted earlier, is extremely opportunistic when it comes to takeaways. The Mustangs have held five of their opponents to 14 points or less this season. Marshall, meanwhile, after a slow start on the defensive side of the ball, has turned the corner. The Mavs have surrendered a total of just 37 points in their last four games, so the outcome of Friday's playoff game could come down to which defense gets the most stops or forces the most turnovers.