Posted On: 07/23/20 5:08 PM

Coming into the 2017 football season, the Minneapolis Southwest football program was coming off back-to-back one-win seasons. Three years later, the Lakers posted a 6-2 regular season and picked up their first playoff win since 2014. Because of the 2019 team’s experience, the Lakers’ soon to be senior Marcus MattoxMarcusMattoxRBMinneapolis Southwest | 2021StateMN was sure things were about to turn around.

"I had a little bit of (varsity) time my sophomore year," Mattox said. "A lot of us had some experience, so going into the year, we thought we would have a good team."

The Lakers’ formula for success was a familiar one to old school football fans like me.

"We ran the ball well," Mattox explained. "We didn’t pass the ball much. On defense, we all trusted each other. Trust played a big role in our defense. We had a solid overall defense; we didn’t give up many big plays."

Mattox started both ways as a junior.

"On offense, I played slot receiver. I feel like I am a good blocker and a good possession receiver. I didn’t get the ball much last year because we didn’t throw the ball much, but when the ball came my way, I made

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