Friendswood stampedes past Dayton 42-0


FRIENDSWOOD — Last year, Friendswood had to rally in the final period to get a 33-20 win over the Dayton Broncos. But the Mustangs left little doubt as to the outcome of the non-district contest this year with a 42-0 thumping of the Broncos at Henry Winston Stadium.

The Mustangs used a well-balanced offensive attack to get their first win of the 2019 season as six different players got in the scoring column.

The Friendswood defense also stepped up to post a shutout while limiting the Broncos to 108 total yards including only 8-yards passing (2-for-11) with one interception and two fumble recoveries.

It didn't take long for Friendswood to set the tone for the game as they scored on their opening possession when Joey Tomko found an opening down the left side to score on a 24-yard run. Travis Mueller booted the PAT for a 7-0 lead at the 9:33 mark of the first quarter.

With 1:36 left in the opening stanza, Friendswood found the pay station again when junior Noah Palitz crossed the goal line on a 33-yard run after putting a move on a Dayton defender. Mueller hit the extra point for a 14-0 lead.

Friendswood's next possession stalled at the Dayton 23 so Mueller was called on to boot a 30-yard field goal to increase the margin to 17-0.

The defense set up Friendswood deep in Dayton territory after Ryan Helton recovered a fumble at the 24.

Two plays by quarterback Luke Grden and Palitz set up the 'Stangs at the Broncos one-yard line. Dane Roenne got the call and rammed the ball into the end zone for a 24-0 advantage.

Dayton turned the ball over on their next possession as a mishandled punt snap set up the Mustangs at the Broncos 6-yard line.

Grden flipped a short pass to junior Matthew Kovacevich for the quick score to take advantage of the Dayton miscue. The snap on the PAT was botched and Mueller alertly picked up the ball and fired a pass to sophomore Matthew Reyes for the two-point conversion and a 32-0 lead with 10:20 left in the second quarter.

Friendswood's final score in the first half was set up by junior Bryant Wade who intercepted a pass giving the Mustangs the ball.

Senior Jared Veatch capped off the turnover with a 6-yard scamper and a 39-0 lead following the PAT by Mueller.

The Mustangs would empty the bench in the second half with junior backup kicker Ryan Sweeny getting a 42-yard FG with :29 seconds left in the third quarter to be the only score for Friendswood making the final 42-0.

Grden was 14-for-21 passing for 141 yards and a TD.

Palitz was the leading ball carrier with seven totes for 71 yards and one score. Tomko had seven carries for 61 yards and a score. Veatch had 11 carries for 70 yards and a TD.

Friendswood's defense was lethal as they didn't allow the Broncos to cross into Mustang territory until early in the final period.

The Mustangs will face Clear Brook on Saturday, September 7 at Challenger-Columbia Stadium at 6:00 p.m.