Friendswood comes up short against Baytown Lee 19-14

FRIENDSWOOD — The 2021 football season has been a real challenge for the Friendswood Mustangs and head coach Robert Koopmann hope they can get things turned around after the 'Stangs dropped their fourth straight game to the Baytown Lee Ganders 19-14.

“It’s kind of how the whole season has gone so far,” Koopmann said. “We need some kind of good luck. It’s on us as coaches. We have to prepare them better, we’ve got to get them ready.”

The loss can't be blamed on the lack of effort by the players as they had multiple opportunities to score and pull out the win against the Ganders.

“We left a lot of plays out on the field and we got beat by, what, five?” Koopmann said. “We’ve got to find a way to get better. We know we don’t have much explosiveness, so we have to be perfect for so much; we have to execute so much. We don’t have a home run hitter on offense, so we have to put these drives together.”

Friendswood struck first in the game when defensive back intercepted a Lee pass at the 36-yard line.

The Mustangs pitched the ball to running back J.T. Roher who tossed a pass to Kale Koopmann for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead in the opening stanza.

Lee scored a touchdown in the first quarter to tie up the game 7-7.

The Ganders added another score in the second period for a 13-7 lead after missing the PAT.

Lee extended the lead to 16-7 on a 33-yard field goal by Ja’Corey Boston early in the third quarter.

However, the Mustangs quickly responded with a four-play, 54-yard scoring drive capped off by a 5-yard touchdown run by Caleb Corkran to close the gap to 16-14.

The drive was highlighted by a QB Matthew Dupuis to Hunter Smyrl 47-yard completion to set up the short run by Corkran.

Boston would add his second field goal to give the Ganders a 19-14 lead with 2:07 left in the third quarter.

The Mustangs would have multiple opportunities to pull out the game as the offense drove to the Lee 13, 29 and 10 only to see each possession stall without getting any points.

Friendswood outgained Lee 359-352 in total yards, with Dupuis accounting for 230 yards. Smyrl grabbed five passes for 143 yards.

“I said to them, ‘It takes four wins to get in the playoffs;’ we have six games left, we have ample opportunities,” Koopmann said. “We just have to keep playing, keep plugging along and believing in each other.”

The Mustangs will host the Baytown Sterling Rangers on Friday, October 1 at 7:00 p.m. at Henry Winston Stadium.