Friendswood gets past Brazoswood 34-20

FRIENDSWOOD — The Friendswood Mustangs got a much needed District 24-6A win over the Brazoswood Buccaneers 34-20 to remain undefeated in district play. The Mustangs are now 3-2 overall and 2-0 in league action in their bid to challenge for the district title and to advance to the playoffs for the fourth straight year under the guidance of head coach Robert Koopmann.

Once a threat to beat teams through the air, the Mustangs are now a force to be reckoned with on the ground led by junior QB Tyler Page.

Friendswood rolled up 355 yards rushing while Page had 263 yards on 26 carries including a 62-yard touchdown.

It was anyone's game at the end of the first half as the Mustangs led 7-3 at the break.

Friendswood scored the lone touchdown in the first quarter on a 2-yard blast by Casey Thurman. Cody Williamson added the PAT for a 7-0 advantage.

With only 7 seconds left in the first half, Brazoswood's Kenneth Alemendares drilled a 31-yard field goal after their drive stalled at the Friendswood 14 making the score 7-3.

Friendswood looked to take command of the game in the third as they scored 20 points on a 6-yard TD by Thurman, a 62-yard jaunt by Page, and an 8-yard run by Mason Barnes giving the Mustangs a solid 27-10 lead heading into the final frame.

Brazoswood scored once in the third on a 21-yard run at the 8:31 mark.

With 9:20 left in the game, Brazoswood wasn't going to go away as they scored on a 21-yard pass to close the gap to 27-17.

The Bucs added three more points on a 37-yard field goal by Jacob Palat moving the Bucs within a touchdown and extra point 27-20.

The Mustangs moved ahead with 2:30 left in the game when Page hit Dylan Friske on a 30-yard scoring strike putting them ahead 34-20 and sealing the important district win.

Even though Brazoswood was able to out gain Friendswood 440-394 on offense, it was the Mustangs defense that came up with some game-changing plays as D'Aundre Holmes-Wilfork and Nick Dehoyos came up with a pass interception and the Friendswood defense also recovered a fumble to shut down offensive threats by the Bucs.

Page got some help on the ground as Barnes gained 59 yards on 16 totes and one score. Dehoyos had three carries for 24 yards and Thurman had three carries for 10 yards and two scores.

Friendswood get their greatest test to date when they face Clear Springs on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 6:00 p.m. at CCISD Veterans Stadium in League City.

The Knights are 3-2 on the season and 2-0 in district so the game will have strong implications on which team will stay in playoff contention. Friendswood has their toughest stretch of the season as Clear Creek and Dickinson are their next two league games.