Friendswood uses second half to beat Clear Brook 41-7


FRIENDSWOOD — The game was supposed to be a toss up with Friendswood holding a slight edge over a much improved Clear Brook team. And the prognosticators were right -- at least for the first half. But there are four quarters to be played and not just two quarters.

Granted, Clear Brook showed marked improvement over previous years as they entered the District 24-6A frey with a winning record for a change.

But considering the talent of the Mustangs, it wasn't surprising to see that the Wolverines were not able to contain Friendswood quarterback Tyler Page and his teammates as the second half was all Friendswood.

“This was a big game,” Friendswood (4-1, 2-1 District 24-6A) coach Robert Koopmann said. “We played poorly in the second quarter. It was about as bad as we can play, but we responded at halftime.

"We knew we were kind of circled on their schedule, so we came out with great intensity in the second half and played really well.”

Both teams fought hard in the first half and Friendswood wasn't able to pull away from the Wolverines.

The Mustangs were able to take an early 10-0 lead in the opening period as Cody Williamson connected on a 24-yard field goal after Friendswood's drive stalled at the Clear Brook seven-yard line giving the 'Stangs a 3-0 lead with 8:37 left.

With 6:01 left in the first frame, Page scored on a 2-yard keeper to increase the lead to 10-0.

Clear Brook responded with a 22-yard scoring pass from QB Jaizac Garcia to Caleb Chapman at the 8:02 mark of the second quarter to close the gap to 10-7.

Friendswood got another field goal from Williamson with only 21 seconds left before intermission covering 30-yards for a 13-7 advantage.

The Mustangs came out a different team in the second half and Clear Brook had no answers for Page and the Friendswood defense.

In the first half, Brook contained Page as they held him to 12 carries for 84 yards and a touchdown, and 7-of-17 passing, for 124 yards.

But the second half was a different story as Page led the charge in the third quarter that put the game away. The Mustangs came out and scored on their first three drives in the second half and Page had a hand in all three.

Page connected with Cade Roenne with 10:08 left in the third resulting in a 56-yard scoring pass to increase the lead to 20-7.

The next two scores came on runs by Page covering 4 and 34-yards to make the score 34-7 with 3:52 remaining in the third.

The final score came with 9:23 left in the game when Page hit Reed Roher on an 8-yard out pattern to post the 41-7 final score.

By the game’s conclusion, Page had amassed 202 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries, and went 13-of-24 passing for 265 yards, two scores and an interception.

“I’m going to tell you, and I’ll say it again: There’s not a better football player in the Houston area, no matter what people want to tell me,” Koopmann said after the game. “I’m just glad he’s on my side.”

The Mustangs had 499 total yards while Brook managed 284 total yards.

Nick Swaney had three catches for 83 yards. Roher had four grabs for 61 yards and one TD. Roenne had one catch for 56 yards and a score.

Friendswood will travel to face the Clear Creek Wildcats (3-3, 0-3) on Saturday, Oct. 15 at Veterans Memorial Stadium in League City at 1:00 p.m.