Friendswood tops Kingwood 31-16

FRIENDSWOOD — The Friendswood Mustangs hosted the Kingwood Mustangs and came away with a 31-16 victory in a non-district contest giving Friendswood their first win of the season.

It has been a tough time for Kingwood who lost their school to Hurricane Harvey. The Kingwood students were forced to join their neighboring school Summer Creek for this school year until Kingwood High School can be completely renovated for next year.

"Hats off to those guys," Friendswood head coach Robert Koopmann said of Kingwood after the game. "They're dealing with stuff. They're not in their school, and not in field houses. I mean (the coach) didn't have headsets working. I mean Kingwood came out here to play and they had a lot of things going against them. They're going to be so much better next week, just like we were. That one week makes a difference."

It only took five plays for Friendswood to reach the end zone when Ben Redding took a second handoff on a reverse and strolled across the goal line to put Friendswood ahead 7-0.

Kingwood fumbled on their first play following the ensuing kickoff and two plays later Friendswood quarterback Garrett Hurst hit Koleman Bell on a 17-yard scoring pass to increase the lead to 14-0.

The turnover bug continued to plaque Kingwood as they fumbled on their next possession and Friendswood capitalized with a 21-yard field goal by Sam Wittman for a 17-0 first quarter advantage.

Friendswood scored again just before halftime when Nick Swaney caught a pass from Christian Lee and then proceeded to drag a would-be tackler for several yards before breaking free and dashing into the end zone for what was a 71-yard touchdown reception making the score at halftime 24-0.

The score became 31-0 when Hurst scored on a 2-yard keeper in the third quarter.

Kingwood closed the gap with two scores in the fourth quarter making the final 31-16.

Hurst led the Friendswood offense hitting 9-of-17 passing for 127 yards and a touchdown. Lee was 3-of-4 passing for 86 yards and a score.

Swaney led all receivers with two catches for 111 yards and one TD.

Mason Barnes had 11 carries for 18 yards while Lee had four totes for 20 yards.

"It's still in our minds," Koopmann said about the effects of Harvey. "We still have kids that are displaced. We still have kids that are out. I mean, I still have family members that are displaced. And so I don't know. It's going to be a long time until it's out of our minds."

The Mustangs will travel to Turner Stadium in Humble to face the Summer Creek Bulldogs on Friday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m.