Friendswood runs past Clear Creek 52-14

FRIENDSWOOD — The Friendswood teams that fell to Barbers Hill in the season opener bares no resemblance to the team that takes the field now.

The Mustangs are operating on all cylinders on offense, defense, and special teams and they are on a path to capture their first district title at the 6A level.

While the 'Stangs have the inside track to the district throne room, they still must face a much improved Clear Lake team (5-2, 3-1), reigning 24-6A champion Clear Springs (4-2, 3-1), and a competitive Alvin (2-4, 0-4, squad.

Friendswood head coach Robert Koopmann cautions his team before every contest and that is to take one game at a time and don't look beyond to the next opponent.

There is no question that the Mustangs will be challenged by Clear Lake.

However, Friendswood sent a strong message to the Falcons in their beat-down of the Clear Creek Wildcats 52-14.

The game between the two district rivals was close for the first 12 minutes which ended in a 14-14 tie.

Friendswood opened up the scoring when Mason Barnes found a huge hole in the Creek defense and raced 35-yards for a touchdown. A Sam Wittman PAT gave the Mustangs an early 7-0 lead with 10:05 left in the opening period.

But the Wildcats quickly answered as quarterback Sam Matthews scored on a 51-yard jaunt to tie up the game 7-7 at the 8:35 mark of the first quarter.

The Mustangs went ahead on their next possession when sophomore quarterback Christian Lee scored on a 17-yard keeper for a 14-7 advantage with 3:26 left in the period.

However, Clear Creek once again answered the challenge as Landon Etzel scored on a 32-yard run with 56 seconds still showing in the first stanza for a 14-14.

But the next three quarters turned into the Friendswood offensive fireworks show as the Mustangs defense shut down the Wildcats the rest of the way and the Mustangs stampeded past the 'Cats 38-0.

Friendswood scored 24 points in the second quarter as Lee scored on a 1-yard keeper, Barnes scored on a 2-yard plunge, and Lee scored his third touchdown of the game on a 12-yarder with 3:11 left in the second.

Wittman put the finishing touches on the first half with a 27-yard field goal with 50 seconds left before intermission for a 38-14 lead.

Neither team score in the third quarter, but the Mustangs put the nail in the coffin in the final stanza with two more scores.

Barnes added his third score for his trifecta on a 10-yard scoring dash and Thad Horman put the finishing touches on the game with a 20-yard pass interception for a touchdown with 8:22 left in the game making the final score 52-14.

The Mustangs put up 384 total yards including 291 on the ground while the defense held the Wildcats to 291 total offense.

Barnes was the workhorse on offense with 20 carries for 173 yards and three scores while Lee picked up 99 yards on 14 totes and three TDs.

Lee was 9-of-20 passing for 93 yards while Nick Swaney was Lee's leading target with five catches for 66 yards.

Friendswood will travel to Veterans Memorial Stadium in League City on Friday, October 27 to face the Clear Lake Falcons at 7:00 p.m.