Friendswood turnovers costly against Barbers Hill

FRIENDSWOOD — It's not surprising when teams make some miscues at the start of football season, but sometimes the turnovers play a role in the outcome of a game.

Unfortunately, that was one of the differences in the game with Friendswood and Barbers Hill as the Mustangs came up on the short end of the scoreboard as the Eagles pulled out a 45-28 win.

The Mustangs fell behind early as Barbers Hill scored 21 unanswered points after the two teams were tied a 7-7.

Even though the miscues came in an untimely manner, the Mustangs were having problems corralling Barbers Hill quarterback Cameron Cauthen who accounted for six touchdowns and more than 400 yards passing.

Trailing 24-7, the Mustangs showed their usual fighting nature and closed the gap to 31-28 in the third quarter and the game was certainly up for grabs.

But on the final play of the third period and the Mustangs driving, the Barbers Hill defense stepped up as cornerback Cully Mangus picked off Friendswood quarterback Garrett Hurst and returned the ball to midfield.

The interception later resulted in a 1-yard plunge by Cauthen giving the Eagles a 38-28 advantage.

The miscue bug bit the Mustangs again as they fumbled the ensuing kickoff giving Barbers Hill possession deep in Friendswood territory.

It took only six plays before the Eagles were in the end zone again as Cauthen hit Christian Rhodes on a 6-yard scoring toss for a 45-28 lead with 7:28 left in the game.

Friendswood was unable to close the gap and the Eagles held on for the 45-28 win.

Barbers Hill quarterback Cauthen had three touchdown passes cover 25, 64, and 81 yards -- all to wide receiver Brady Rogers while the Cauthen also scored on two short runs of a yard each.

Credit the Friendswood players for never giving up after Barbers Hill jumped out to an early 17-0 lead and then extended the margin to 24-7.

Hurst put the Mustangs on the board with a 30-yard scoring strike to Nick Swaney and Mason Barnes scored on a 29-yard scoring jaunt to cut the lead to 17-14.

Hurst found Reid Nickerson open on a 21-yard scoring pass and Hurst also threw a touchdown strike to Ben Redding covering 14 yards just before the half.

Hurst finished the game hitting 10-of-29 passing for 182 yards and three TDs while tossing two interceptions.

Barnes rushed for 155 yards and one touchdown while grabbing three passes for 58 yards and a score. Swaney had two catches for 52 yards and one TD while Redding caught three passes for 42 yards and two TDs.

Friendswood will now get ready to host the Kingwood Mustangs on Friday, September 15 at 7:00 p.m. at Henry Winston Stadium.