Friendswood defense sparks Mustangs to a win over Ball High

FRIENDSWOOD — They say offense wins games, but defense wins championships. If that is true, then the Friendswood Mustangs have served notice the first five weeks of the 2019 football season that they are on the right path.

Friendswood flexed their defensive muscles against the Ball High Tornadoes at Henry Winston Stadium and sent them home with a 34-14 District 10-5A-I loss. The Mustangs are now 5-0 overall and 2-0 in league action while Ball High dropped to 3-2 and 0-2.

Because of the defensive dominance, Friendswood spent the entire first half playing in Tors' territory while scoring all of their points for the game in the first two quarters.

"It's been that way the last two weeks," said Friendswood head coach Robert Koopmann. "We've played offensively with such a short field and it's an easy thing to do when you're playing with a short field.

"In fact, we left points on the board because we had such a short field and kicked two field goals. For five weeks now, the defense has set the tone for us."

The Mustangs got a blocked punt by Wade Winters to set up one of Friendswood's touchdowns.

The Tors then caught the ensuing kickoff on their own one-yard line as the deep receiver had a knee down which set another short-field for the Mustangs.

Friendswood junior quarterback Luke Grden fired three first half touchdowns including two to Dawson Johnson.

Noah Palitz also got in on the scoring parade with a 7-yard run while Travis Mueller and Ryan Sweeney both booted field goals.

Defensively, the Mustangs were led by defensive ends Elliot Spiller and Matthew Reyes who applied pressure on the Ball High quarterback while linebackers Ryan Helton, Nick Abowd, and Dane Roenne kept constant pressure up the middle to shut the rushing attack.

The Mustangs will need to continue their outstanding play as they begin their toughest schedule in district when they travel to face the Richmond Foster Falcons on Friday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m.

Foster was a pre-season pick to win the district. The Falcons are 4-1 overall and 2-0 in district. Their only loss was 49-35 to Fort Bend Travis High School (5-0) in Week Two. They have league wins over Ball High (48-6) and Terry (56-14).