Friendswood rolls past Texas City 31-7


FRIENDSWOOD — The No. 8 area-ranked Friendswood Mustangs wasted little time building a 24-0 lead over Texas City and then just coasted to a solid 31-7 district win.

The Mustangs are now 4-0 on the season and 1-0 in league play.

Earlier in the week, Friendswood players remembered classmate Cole Gordon, by carrying out a blue No. 38 jersey with "Gordon" on the back in remembrance of their classmate who died in an automobile accident.

Friendswood opened up the scoring on a 32-yard Travis Mueller field goal and a 3-0 lead.

The Mustangs increased the lead to 10-0 when Luke Grden found Dawson Johnson on a 27-yard scoring strike.

On the ensuing kickoff, Texas City's Brandon Jolly stepped out of bounds at his own 4-yard line. The aggressive Mustang defense forced a fumble and five plays later, Trey Mappe walked in to the pay station for a 17-0 advantage.

With 11:19 left in the second stanza, Grden scored on a 2-yard scamper to push the margin to 24-0.

The Mustangs added one last score in the second half when Grden found Javier Briscoe open behind the Texas City secondary for a 32-yard scoring pass and a 31-0 lead.

Texas City managed a touchdown with only 1:54 remaining in the game to put the final points on the scoreboard 31-7.

The Mustangs were unrelenting as they allowed the Stings only 62 yards of total offense.

"We played great defense, created turnovers, and our offense was able to take advantage of those opportunities,” Friendswood head coach Robert Koopmann said.

"I'm frustrated that we’re not running the ball well,” Koopmann said. “We’ve had a few plays here and there, but we’re not consistently getting the job done.

“We never thought we’d be a 300-yard rushing team per game, but we certainly have to be more consistent than we have been."

Friendswood will host the Galveston Ball Tors on Friday, October 4 at Henry Winston Stadium at 7:00 p.m.

As always, Koopmann expect the Tors to fire their best shot at Friendswood.

“Everybody plays us tough - everybody wants a piece of the Mustangs, generally,” he said. “We get everyone’s honest effort."