Clear Brook gets past Friendswood 25-14

FRIENDSWOOD — Friendswood and Clear Brook are no strangers and they have had a long history competing against one another through the years.

Both teams came into this year's non-district contest looking for their first victory of the 2021 football season.

Friendswood lost to Summer Creek 48-0 and Clear Brook was edged by Texas City 35-32 last week. So this game was important to both schools to get on the winning path.

When the dust had settled, Clear Brook emerged with a 25-14 win to even their season record to 1-1 while Friendswood is 0-2 which is the second straight year that the Mustangs have dropped their first two games of the season.

For the second straight week, the Mustangs were bitten by the turnover bug which led to their demise. Interceptions and fumbles proved costly against the Wolverines.

“Last week, we got beat by 48 and got outgained by just 40 yards. And that was with six turnovers,” said Friendswood head coach Robert Koopmann, whose club suffered seven more turnovers in falling to 0-2.

“We’re moving the ball, but we’re so young, our skilled kids are so young,” Koopmann said. “But our offensive line played outstanding.”

Friendswood took their opening drive to the Brook 15 yard line before the Wolverines picked off quarterback Matthew Dupuis at the 3 and returned the ball 60 yards to the Friendswood 37.

The Mustang defense came up big to thwart the Wolverines scoring threat at the 15 on downs.

After taking over on their own 15, Dupuis, who tossed three first-half interceptions, then had a second-down pass tipped by Jydius Williams, and Ethan Guinn took the deflection 25 yards to the end zone for a 7-0 Wolverine lead.

Midway into the second quarter, Clear Brook scored again when QB Cameron McAlister found Michael Lewis for a 9-yard scoring pass to increase the lead to 13-0.

Friendswood got a sensational 55-yard kickoff return from Aiden King setting the Mustang offense up at the Clear Brook 13. Sophomore quarterback Brock Foster scored from the three-yard line to make it 13-6 after the PAT missed left.

Another fumble cost the Mustangs points after driving to the 15 yard line of the Wolverines. The Wolverines took advantage by driving 89 yards in the final 1:14, with Trent Lacy pulling in a 15-yard TD from McAlister as the half ended.

Starting the second half with the ball, Friendswood scored on an 11-play drive with Caleb Corkran picking up 58 yards on seven tries. Jackson Rhodes capped the drive with a 10-yard scoring run, but Clear Brook answered two minutes later with Lewis’ second TD reception making the final score 25-14.

Clear Brook's McAlister hit 24-of-32 passing for 307 yards and three touchdowns. Lewis had eight receptions for 87 yards while Tre John added 98 yards on five catches.

Friendswood's Corkran bulled his way to 153 yards on 26 carries, though leg cramping in the second half limited his effectiveness.

The Mustangs will host Pasadena Dobie on Friday, September 10 at 7:00 p.m. at Henry Winston Stadium. The Longhorns are 2-0 with wins over Alief Elsik (55-0) and Bellaire (70-0.