Friendswood rushes past Clear Lake 47-6

FRIENDSWOOD — Friendswood junior quarterback Tyler Page rushed for 187 yards and threw for 121 yards for a total of 308 yards, all in the first half, as the Mustangs scorched the Clear Lake Falcons 47-6.

The Mustangs are now 5-4 on the season and 4-2 in district and need to beat cross-town rival Clear Brook (3-6, 3-3) on Friday, November 6 at Henry Winston Stadium to advance to the playoffs this season.

The loss drops Clear Lake to a dismal 2-7 overall mark and 1-5 in league play.

Friendswood totally dominated from the start as Page drove the Mustangs offense to a first quarter score with a 12-yard scoring strike to Dylan Friske with 8:14 left in the opening period.

After a three-and-out by Lake, the Mustangs set up their next possession on their own 35. It took only one play as Page rolled out, weave in and out of traffic until he found an opening and then burned the Falcons for a 65-yard scoring jaunt to make the score 14-0.

Friske found the pay station again, this time on a 32-yard laser from the arm of Page to give the Mustangs a 20-0 lead following the missed PAT.

Cody Williamson stroked a 25-yard field goal through the uprights with 3:50 left in the second quarter to increase the lead to 23-0.

After Clear Lake couldn't move the ball on the Mustangs defense, Friendswood got the ball back on their own 18 with just over two minutes left in the first half.

Page found an opening and the Falcon defense was completely helpless as the speedster raced to an 82-yard touchdown to the delight of the visiting Friendswood crowd making the halftime score 30-0.

To add insult to injury, Friendswood burned the Falcons defense one more time as backup QB Ryan Epperson hit Tyrick Ramirez with a 48-yard bomb to increase the lead to 37-0 with only 49 seconds left before intermission.

In the opening two quarters, Friendswood out-gained Clear Lake 398 yards to 42 yards and had 15 first downs to just one for the Falcons (which came by way of a Friendswood offsides penalty).

Friendswood head coach Robert Koopmann sent in a lot of the reserves in the second half as the Mustangs outscored the Falcons 10-6.

“We did not have a good week of practice, and we knew after those weeks there was going to be some mental let-down,” Koopmann said. “But if we’re going to be the team we want to be, in the games you’re supposed to win, you need to look good, and I thought we came out focused in the first half.”

Mason Barnes added a 14-yard scoring run in the third quarter and Brian Cassady booted a 32-yard field goal in the fourth giving the 'Stangs the 47-6 district win.

Page finished 7-for-9 with 121 yards and two TDs passing, and had 187 yards and two more TDs on 13 rushes.

Friske had a nice day receiving the ball with 98 yards and two TDs on five receptions, as did Ramirez with three receptions for 75 yards and a TD. Barnes finished with 79 yards and a TD on 21 carries.

Friendswood ended the game with 520 total yards of offense (320 rushing) to 156 yards for Clear Lake. The Mustangs defense held the Falcons’ running game to 24 yards on 24 carries.