Clear Springs survives Friendswood rally

FRIENDSWOOD — The game was for at least a share of the District 24-6A title between Friendswood, Clear Springs, and Dickinson.

A win would have given the Mustangs that share, but the 38-28 loss left Friendswood in third place behind the undefeated Chargers and the Dickinson Gators who are one game back in second place.

But the Chargers can't say the title came without a battle.

After Clear Springs built a 24-7 lead heading into the final frame, it appeared that they would win going away.

However, that is not the reputation of the Mustangs who will battle til the very last second of the game.

The first half, I don't know how many times we lined up the wrong formation," Friendswood head coach Robert Koopmann said.

"If we threw the ball well, we dropped it. If we didn't, we ran the wrong route. It added up to a horrible first half, and our defense was just playing lights out."

With 10:51 left in the final period, QB Tyler Page got lose on a 60-yard run that eventually set up an 8-yard Page score to cut the lead to 24-14.

The first Friendswood score came on a 1-yard run by junior QB Justin Karam at the 3:57 mark of the third quarter making the score 14-7 after the Mustangs were shut out in the first half.

Friendswood forced Clear Springs to a three-and-out possession and then went on a 12-play, 80-yard scoring drive capped off by a fumble recovery in the end zone by Nicky Steven to close the gap to 24-21 with 3:41 remaining in the game.

Clear Springs recovered Friendswood's onside kick attempt and returned it to the Mustangs 12. Two plays later, Todd Hudson scored on a 4-yard run to make the score 31-21 with only 2:39 left in the game.

But Page once again got the Mustangs back in the game for a last-minute victory effort when he hit wide receiver Alex Klump on a 56-yard pass completion that set up a 2-yard scoring run by Page with 1:43 showing on the game clock.

The second onside kick was recovered by the Chargers.

With 1:19 left, QB William McBride burned the Friendswood defense with a 44-yard scoring jaunt that sealed the win for the Chargers extending the lead to 38-28.

Page was 16-of-31 passing with no interceptions for 210 yards and he rushed for 155 yards and two scores on 26 carries.

Klump had 82 yards on four catches. Nick Swaney had four grabs for 41 yards. Reed Roher had four catches for 21 yards.

Friendswood had 420 total yards while Clear Springs had 407 total yards.

Friendswood (6-2, 4-2) tries to rebuild momentum next week heading into the playoffs.

"I just told the guys that we're not going to let this game beat us twice," Koopmann said. "Our goal is to wash this thing out of our system, and we're going to come back and beat Alvin."

The Mustangs will host Alvin (4-5, 2-4) at Henry Winston Stadium on Friday, Nov. 4 at 7:00 p.m. It will be Senior Night.