Friendswood edges Clear Book 19-7

FRIENDSWOOD — The game between Friendswood and Clear Brook has always been filled with intensity between the cross-town rivals. Even though the two schools are in different classes, the competition and pride is still at the forefront of each meeting.

As was the case this year, both teams battled to get a victory.

For Friendswood, it was to remain undefeated in the young season after blanking Dayton 42-0 in their first game of the season.

Clear Brook was looking to get their first victory after falling to La Porte 42-10 in their home opener the previous week.

The game became a defensive battle as both teams couldn't cross the goal line in the first quarter of action.

But the Mustangs began to show some offensive life in the second quarter, but it took a miscue by the Wolverines to help Friendswood.

Midway in the second period, Clear Brook lined up to punt on fourth down deep on their end of the field. A mishandled snap by the punter was recovered by the Wolverines, but it gave the Mustangs a first down at the Brook 15-yard line.

Friendswood needed only four plays to score which was capped off by a 4-yard touchdown sweep around the left side by Noah Palitz. Travis Mueller added the PAT for a 7-0 lead with 6:29 left before halftime.

Meanwhile, Clear Brook put together two long 11-play drives only to see the Friendswood defense stop them.

The Mustangs took a 10-0 lead just before intermission when Mueller booted a 28-yard field goal.

Friendswood, who has been hit by early injuries this season, suffered another one when quarterback Luke Grden took a hard hit to begin the second half.

Grden was taken out for obvious reasons and was replaced by backup signal-caller Garrett Massey who led the offense down the field to set up a 44-yard field goal by Ryan Sweeny at the 10:48 mark of the third quarter for a 13-0 advantage.

Clear Brook’s only touchdown was a precision six-play, 81-yard scoring drive capped off by Trent Lacy’s 1-yard plunge with 9:31 left in the third quarter which pulled the Wolverines within 13-7.

With 6:47 left Friendswood went on a six-play, 40-yard drive culminated by Dane Roenne’s 2-yard touchdown run that gave the Mustangs a 19-7 lead that stood till the end of the game.

The key play was 34-yard scrambling pass play from Grden, who was cleared by the trainers to return to the game, to Patrick Elizondo who made a clutch catch to set up the Roenne touchdown.

Friendswood's defense preserved the win as they stopped Brook on its final two possessions of the game.

“It looked like two neighborhood kids getting after it, didn’t it? Friendswood head coach Robert Koopmann said. “That’s kind of what it was.

“They played us so well last year and tonight, also. They did some things differently tonight on defense than what we were expecting.”

Friendswood (2-0) will host the La Porte Bulldogs (1-1) on Friday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m. at Henry Winston Stadium.