Late injury to QB leads to Friendswood loss to Summer Creek

FRIENDSWOOD — When a team relies heavily on the passing game, an injury to the quarterback certainly will affect the outcome of a game, especially when it is a close game.

Summer Creek scored 36 unanswered points after four-year starting signal-caller Luke Grden went down with an ankle injury early in the fourth quarter.

Up to that point in the game, Grden had completed 22-of-33 passes for 390 yards and three touchdowns and no interceptions.

After Grden's injury, Friendswood's offense went south registering only two first downs as Summer Creek took advantage for the 49-21 non-district victory.

Summer Creek scored on the opening possession of the game on a 40-yard scoring strike from Bryan Bush to Elijah Bean for a 7-0 lead.

The Mustangs tied the game 7-7 when Grden found Nolan Smith open on a 32-yard scoring toss with 6:45 left in the second quarter.

The Bulldogs wasted little time reclaiming the lead as Bush hit Roriyon Richardson on an 83-yard bomb. The PAT was wide left leaving Summer Creek with a 13-7 advantage.

With only :36 seconds left in the first half, Grden rolled out to his right and found Smith again, this time the pass was right on stride and Smith raced 65-yards to the end zone. The PAT was good and the Mustangs had a 14-13 lead at intermission.

Friendswood scored on their first possession to open the second half as Grden found tight end Matthew Kovacevich for a 52-yard score and a 21-13 lead.

But Summer Creek wasn't going away as they tied up the game on their next possession as Bryan Bush scored on a 21-yard run to cap a 63-yard drive. Vital Joseph caught the two-point conversion to knot up the game at 21-21.

Grden would be injured late in the third quarter as Summer Creek took the lead with 4:15 left in the third for a 28-21 on a 7-yard TD run by Torrie Curry.

The Bulldogs scored three more times on a 1-yard keeper by QB Ashton Fischer, a 53-yard TD pass from Fischer to Andrew Alexander, and an 11-yard TD keeper from Fischer for the final score.

The Mustangs will host cross-town rival Clear Brook on Friday, October 2 at Henry Winston Stadium at 7:00 p.m.