Friendswood edges Clear Brook 17-6 with second-half rally


FRIENDSWOOD — The Friendswood offense struggled in the first half against an aggressive Clear Brook defense, but it would be the Mustangs defense that would help Friendswood to a 17-6 non-district win.

"Our defense was on the field the whole doggone night because we just weren't very good on offense," Friendswood head coach Robert Koopmann said. "Clear Brook just schemed us very well. All hats off to Brook and coach (Lupe) Florez and his staff because they did a fantastic job getting ready for this game.

"I was way impressed with how good they've become in a short amount of time. We were given a gift at halftime being down 6-0 when it should have been 24-0."

The Wolverines ran 46 plays in the opening half to just 21 plays for Friendswood.

Clear Brook took a 3-0 lead on a Curtis Falkenburg's 26-yard field goal with 7:45 left in the opening quarter.

The Wolverines forced a three-and-out of the Friendswood offense and then put together a 14-play drive on their second possession from its own 15 to the Friendswood 16.

The Mustangs forced a 33-yard field goal attempt but Friendswood sacked the holder following a high snap.

But once again, Clear Brook's defense came up big with an interception of QB Luke Grden at the Wolverine 43.

Clear Brook drove the ball inside the Friendswood 4-yard line thanks to a couple of pass plays cover 13 and 20 yards.

On fourth-and-two, the Friendswood defense rose up to the challenge and stopped running back Michael Norris at the 1-yard line.

Brook held the Friendswood offense to get the ball at the Friendswood 40. The Wolverines drove to the Mustangs 4-yard line where they faced fourth-and-three.

A holding call negated a touchdown by the Wolverines and Brook's 27-yard field goal with 27 seconds left in the second quarter for the 6-0 halftime lead.

Friendswood scored on its first possession of the third quarter with Luke Revere scoring on a 53-yard sweep off the right end to cap a 5-play, 70-yard drive. With Austin Alvarez's PAT, the Mustangs had their first lead, 7-6, at 9:39 of the period.

The Mustang lead increased to 10-6 after a bad snap on a Clear Brook punt on the Wolverines' ensuing possession.

The Wolverine defense stiffened, and Friendswood settled for Alvarez's 40-yard field goal.

Brook then started its next possession at its 14-yard line, but it was the Friendswood defense that came up with the big play when Trey Mappe stepped in front of a Clear Brook receiver and returned the interception uncontested for the insurance score. Alvarez booted the extra point for a 17-6 lead with 8:37 left in the game.

Friendswood only got 181 total yards compared to 334 by the Wolverines.

Grden was 10-of-19 for 83 yards and one interception.

Luke Revere had 12 rushes for 78 yards and one touchdown. Zach Zamora had four catches for 32 yards and Christian Lee had two grabs for 31 yards.

The No. 7 area-ranked Mustangs will travel to La Porte to face the Bulldogs on Friday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium.