ABOUT THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT: After beginning the season 3-0, Willow Springs fell to .500 with a 33-24 loss last week to Salem. The Bears opened the season with wins against Miller (40-21), Marionville (22-0) and Cabool (19-18) before losses to Mountain Grove (53-0), Liberty (55-6) and Salem. …The last two meetings between Willow Springs and Houston have been decided by one score. The Tigers rallied for a 29-22 victory in 2015. The previous year, the Bears won 34-26 for their sixth straight win in the series.

TIGER TIDBITS: Freshman Dakota Burchett completed his first varsity pass last week. It was an 11-yard catch by Aiden Sawyer, who had his first varsity reception. …Paydon Dixon led the defense Friday with 13 tackles — nine solo and four assists.

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