Friendswood takes out Terry 30-6 on Homecoming night

FRIENDSWOOD — In a must-win game, the Friendswood Mustangs beat the Rosenberg Terry Rangers 30-6 before a Homecoming crowd to keep their playoff hopes alive.

The Mustangs evened their season at 4-4 overall and 3-3 in district with two league games remaining to play in the regular season.

No. 6 area-ranked Angleton (5-2, 4-1) and No. 3 area-ranked Magnolia West (5-2, 3-2) are the final two teams on Friendswood's district schedule in their quest to extend their football season.

Faced with controlling their own destiny -- the Mustangs next obstacle is the Angleton Wildcats on Friday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m. at Wildcat Stadium in Angleton.

Against Terry, the Mustangs got a strong performance from the defense and offense was more consistent than last week against Foster.

Friendswood opened the scoring in the first quarter on a 22-yard touchdown run by running back Jackson Rhodes for a 7-0 lead following the PAT by Reagan Rudolph with 8:30 left in the first period. This capped a 6-play, 51-yard scoring drive.

Terry answered on their ensuing possession on a 10-yard run for a score by RB Marcus Townsend. However, Friendswood linebacker Amos Armand blocked the PAT and defensive back Ben Chapman scooped up the ball and returned it 80-yards for a two-point score leaving the 'Stangs ahead 9-6.

With 1:33 left in the first quarter, Friendswood went on a 7-play, 83-yard drive with RB Walker Winters taking a direct snap to pound his way across the goal line for a 3-yard touchdown and a 16-6 advantage.

And just before intermission, Winters would cross the pay station one more time on a 6-yard scamper to give the Mustangs a 23-6 halftime lead. which completed a 5-play, 72-yard drive.

Friendswood would score one more time in the second half as Chapman scooped up a blocked punt by Landon Davis and returned it 18-yards for a score by the special team's unit to make the final score 30-6 with 11:52 remaining in the game.

Defensively, the Mustangs held Terry to a total of 247 yards and one score while the Friendswood offense had 275 total yards and five touchdowns as a result of a balanced offensive and defensive effort.

Leading the defense was Southern Cal commit Bryan Shelby who had six solo tackles, one assisted stop, and two sacks. Jaxson Russo had six unassisted stops, one assisted tackle for a total of nine tackles.

All total, the Mustang defense had 40 solo tackles, five assisted stops, and 45 total tackles for 25 yards in losses with four sacks. The also had one INT, one fumble recovery and two scores.

Quarterback Mikey Butler was 7-for-9 passing for 122 yards and one INT.

Rhodes had 12 carries for 70 yards and one TD, Winters had 12 totes for 42 yards and two scores, and Aidan Stokes had four carries for 37 yards.

Stokes led all receivers with two catches for 65 yards,