Friendswood gets back on the winning track

FRIENDSWOOD — The Friendswood Mustangs are not accustomed to having a losing record. The Mustangs used an open date to regroup and prepare for their District 24-6A opener against the Clear Falls Knights.

The week off helped them to get the much needed 39-7 district win to even their 2015 overall record at 2-2 and 1-0 in league play.

Friendswood used the offense and defense to put points on the board in a well-balanced scoring effort.

It may have been Homecoming for Clear Falls, but Friendswood returned home wearing the crown.

"Being 1-0 is huge because we know what looms out there on the middle part of our district schedule," Friendswood head coach Robert Koopmann said. "So winning one like this is important for us. It was a team effort, and that's who we have to be."

Friendswood's defense jump-started the scoring as they pinned Clear Falls running back Priest Bluitt in the end zone for a safety and a 2-0 lead at the 11:04 mark.

The Mustangs got the free kick and took advantage of getting the ball as Casey Thurman scored on a 1-yard run at the 9:27 first quarter mark. Cody Williamson hit the PAT for a 9-0 lead.

Friendswood would score two more times in the opening period as Mason Barnes scored on a 20-yard dash and Kyle Ford blocked a punt who recovered in the end zone giving Friendswood a 23-0 advantage at the end of the first quarter.

The only score in the second quarter came on a 26-yard field goal by Williamson when the Friendswood drive stalled at the Clear Falls nine-yard line left before intermission.

Friendswood QB Tyler Page opened up the second half with a sensational 88-yard scoring jaunt to put Friendswood up 33-0.

The Mustangs got a 46-yard punt return for another score in the second half to post their 39 points.

Clear Falls got on the scoreboard in the final minutes of the game when Justin Kreiter recovered a Friendswood fumble for a touchdown making the final score 39-7.

Page was 6-for-11 passing for 84 yards while rushing for 92 yards on 14 carries and one score.

Barnes gained 30 yards on seven carries and one TD.

Reed Rhoher had two catches for 20 yards, Tyrick Ramirez had one grab for 32 yards, and Calvin Whitaker had one grab for 27 yards.

Friendswood finished with only 247 total yards compared to 193 for Clear Falls.

"I thought special teams-wise we played awesome, and on defense we had nine or 10 snaps inside the 10 and didn't let them in," Koopmann said. "We'll take wins any way we can them."

The Mustangs will host the Brazoswood Buccaneers on Friday, October 2 at Henry Winston Stadium at 7:00 p.m. in another 24-6A showdown.