Friendswood opens up 6A with a win

FRIENDSWOOD — The Friendswood Mustangs entered Class 6A with a bang as they knocked off Clear Falls 38-14.

The Mustangs rolled up 404 total yards as sophomore quarterback Tyler Page and senior running back Sam Longbotham did all the damage against a Clear Falls defense that didn't have an answer for either one.

Of course, the Friendswood offensive line dominated the trenches providing huge holes for both runners.

Page carried the ball 18 times for 145 yards and three scores while Longbotham had 26 totes for 143 yards and one score giving them a combined 288 yards on the ground.

Friendswood built a 28-0 lead in the first half with 21 points coming in the opening period.

Page scored on runs of 27 and 8 yards for a quick 14-0 advantage with 4:13 left in the first quarter.

Page added another touchdown with 1:44 left in the first period thanks to a little trickery.

Longbotham took a pitch from Page and made it appear as if he was going to sweep around the right end, but he then stopped and heaved a pass to Page who was streaking down the left sideline. Page gathered in the pass to complete the 46-yard scoring play for a 21-0 lead.

The Mustangs scored again with 7:41 left in the second quarter as Longbotham punched the ball across the goal line on a 2-yard run.

This was the first score of the year for Longbotham who leads the Mustangs in rushing. The power runner scored on an earlier 10-yard carry but the touchdown was called back because of a penalty.

“The last couple of games, I would score, but then we’d have a flag and that would just kill me,” Longbotham said. “But, I mean, as long as we score, it doesn’t matter how we do it.”

Clear Falls cut the lead to 28-7 with 3:21 left in the second on a 15-yard scoring run by Jake Levrier.

The Knights made it 28-14 early in the third quarter when they scored on a 97-yard touchdown pass from Ethan Walker to wide receiver John Humphrey which put the Knights back in the game.

But Friendswood responded quickly at the 8:48 mark of the third when Page burned the Clear Falls defense on a 41-yard scoring scamper giving the Mustangs a 35-14 lead.

Blake King closed out the scoring for the game with a 29-yard field goal with 4:55 still left in the third. That posted the 38-14 final score.

Friendswood's defense held the Knights to 309 total yards (118 rushing, 191 passing).

Friendswood (4-1) will travel to Brazoswood for its next game on Friday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m. at Hopper Stadium in Freeport.