Friendswood moves past Texas City 34-14

FRIENDSWOOD — When the University Scholastic League (UIL) released their new realignment for the 2018 and 2019 football seasons, little did anyone realize that Friendswood would find themselves in the same district with former nemesis Texas City after the Mustangs dropped down from Class 6A to Class 5A.

Friendswood and Texas City have had a long-standing rivalry and the two teams entered into their District 10-5A I opener with a 10-9 overall record after 19 previous confrontations.

"They looked like the typical Texas City team to me," Koopmann said. "They're really athletic at quarterback, big on the offensive line and they've got speed in the secondary.

"They've also got a really talented 6-foot, 2-inch wide receiver so…nothing new."

When these two teams play one another, the record of each team really doesn't matter even though the Mustangs entered the fray at 3-0 while the Stingarees were 1-2.

Friendswood has looked solid all season and they continued to look that way against Texas City as the 'Stangs took a 34-14 decision for their first district win.

The Stings struck first as quarterback Phillip McDaniel scored on a 1-yard keeper for a 7-0 lead with 7:08 left in the opening stanza.

But the Mustangs would take over the game and score 28 unanswered points with 21 coming in the second quarter when Zach Zamora would score on a 1-yard run and wide receiver Austin Alvarez and quarterback Luke Grden would hook up on two scoring strikes covering 34 and 26 yards with Alvarez booting all three PATs for a 21-7 halftime lead for Friendswood.

The Mustangs built a 28-7 cushion when running back Luke Revere scored on a 32-yard jaunt at the 8:18 mark of the third period.

With 1:53 left in the third, McDaniel got loose on a 60-yard cross-country romp for Texas City cutting the margin to 28-17, but that would be the end of the scoring for the Stings as the Friendswood defense shut their offense down for the remainder of the game.

The Mustangs added an insurance score with 4:48 remaining in the game when Colton Halata scored on a 7-yard scamper. The PAT missed the mark leaving Friendswood with a 34-14 final score.

Friendswood had 367 total yards as Grden was 14-of-24 passing for 168 yards and two TDs. Revere had 25 carries for 189 yards and one score while Alvarez had eight catches for 136 yards and two TDs.

The Mustangs will travel to Galveston to take on Ball High on Friday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m.