Friendswood pulls out a 21-20 win over Texas City

FRIENDSWOOD — The Friendswood Mustangs know that history has taught them that it is going to be a thriller when facing former district foe Texas City. Last year's 24-0 win by the Mustangs was a rarity in the lopsided victory.

This year, the Stingarees entered Henry Winston Stadium determined to make it a much closer contest and they did.

The two teams had played 17 previous times and the series was 9-8 in favor of Texas City. The win by Friendswood now ties up the series 9-9.

Friendswood's first possession ended with a quick three and out. A poor punt gave Texas City the ball at the 50. It only took five plays for the Stings to get into the end zone as Da'Quan Thompson scored on a 16-yard run to make the score 7-0 with 9:52 left in the opening period.

The Mustangs responded with a nine-play, 77-yard scoring drive capped off by a 32-yard scoring strike from junior quarterback Tyler Page to Nick Swaney. Cody Williamson booted the PAT to knot up the game at 7-7 at the 5:12 mark of the first quarter.

The first half ended in a 7-7 tie.

Texas City got on the board first in the second half when Exavier Simpson scored on a 9-yard run to end a 71-yard, eight play drive to make the score 14-7.

But the Mustangs scored a few minutes later as Page found a path around the left end for a 10-yard scoring keeper to complete an eight-play, 65-yard drive to tie up the contest 14-14 with 4:45 left in the third.

On the first play of the fourth quarter, Texas City punched in a 3-yard touchdown by Simpson to wrap up a 10-play, 76-yard scoring march with 11:53 left in the game.

However, there was a delay by the extra point holder getting on the field and the kick was rushed resulting in a block by Friendswood senior defensive end Ty Shelby leaving the Stangs trailing 20-14.

With 9:39 left in the fourth quarter, Friendswood took the lead 21-20 when Dylan Friske broke loose for a 17-yard scoring dash. Williamson hit the important extra point that turned out to be the game-winner. The score concluded a strong nine-play, 70-yard drive.

That would be the end of the scoring and Friendswood win their 2015 season opener.

Page finished the game hitting 9-of-15 passing for 130 yards and a score and he rushed 25 times for 70 yards and another TD. Fiske had 12 carries for 68 yards and a score. Reed Ro her was the leading receiver with three catches for 40 yards while Swaney had two grabs for 42 yards and one score.

The Mustangs will travel to face No. 5 Class 5A state-ranked Richmond George Ranch on Friday, September 4 at 7:00 p.m. at Traylor Stadium in Rosenburg. George Ranch won their season opener 42-25 over Pearland Dawson.