Playoff bound Friendswood takes out Clear Lake

FRIENDSWOOD — Friendswood head coach Robert Koopmann needed two things out of his Mustangs this past Friday. Snap a two-game losing streak and secure their place in the post-season. He got both against the Clear Lake Falcons.

"We were nervous about this game," coach Koopmann said. "We didn't want a playoff berth hanging over our head going against Clear Brook in the final game of the season. The kids came out focused and ready to play."

Friendswood has the No. 2 seed in the Class 6A Region III Div. II playoffs.

For the most part, Clear Lake moved the ball in between the 20's, but the bend but don't break Friendswood defense made sure the Falcons didn't get into the end zone until Clear Lake finally did with 6:16 left in the fourth quarter.

By this time, the Mustangs had built a 35-3 lead and the Falcons were not going past the regular season.

Friendswood has one game remaining in the regular season and that will be against cross-town rival Clear Brook who is dragging next-to-last in the District 24-6A standing at 1-8 overall and 1-5 in district. They will face one another at the CCISD Stadium in League City on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 6:00 p.m.

The Mustangs took advantage of an early Clear Lake turnover and scored on three of its first four possessions to build up a 21-0 lead.

Clear Lake received the opening kickoff but fumbled on the second play of the game after a completed pass. Blake Rollen recovered the loose ball at the Lake 31.

It only took three plays for the Mustangs to score. Sean White opened with a six-yard run, QB Blake scrambled for 17 yards, and RB Sam Longbotham capped it off with an 8-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead with 10:40 left in the first quarter.

After forcing a Lake punt, Friendswood got an excellent return from Blake King to the Lake 28-yard line.

Sargent completed the short drive with an 11-yard scoring toss to tight end Eric Langston for a 14-0 advantage with 7:41 showing on the clock.

Clear Lake finally found some rhythm on offense, but each time the Mustang defense would shut them down.

With 11:28 left in the second quarter, Friendswood finally put together a long drive moving from their own 35 in six plays increase the lead to 21-0.

Two key plays included a 25-yard pass completion from Sargent to Dallas Beaty and a reverse pass from Joey Crespo to Reed Roher who made an incredible catch.

Sargent capped off the drive with a 1-yard sneak.

The Falcons finally put some points on the board when Scott Marshall booted a 22-yard field goal.

Once again, Lake moved deep into Mustang territory, but were stopped at the five yard line.

Friendswood fumbled the next time they got the ball giving Lake a change to trim the lead to 21-10.

Facing fourth and one at the Mustang 35, Lake came up short giving back the ball to Friendswood.

This time, the Mustangs caught Lake napping as Longbotham caught a short pass and then maneuvered his way through the Falcons defense for a 63-yard scoring romp and a 28-3 lead at intermission.

Friendswood scored only once in the second half.

Clear Lake need a score to get back in the game and it appeared they would get back some of lost momentum early in the third quarter.

The Falcons used a 13-play drive to the three-yard line of the Mustangs. Facing fourth down-and-goal, Clear Lake once again were turned back giving Friendswood the ball.

Starting at their own three, Friendswood marched 97-yards for their final score as Jonah Vandersypen bolted across the goal line for a 1-yard touchdown making the score 35-3 with :25 seconds left in the third.

Lake would finally score with 6:16 left in the game on a DeShon Frances 19-yard run. QB Will Smith ran for the two-point conversion leaving the final score at 35-11.

Sargent was 15-of-22 for 213 yards and two scores. Longbotham returned from an injury and carried the ball 12 times for 139 yards and one score. Vandersypen had 14 totes for 69 yards and one TD. White had five carries for 31 yards.

Longbotham led the receivers with one catch for 63 yards and a score. Crespo had six grabs for 42 yards. Tristen Snodgrass had three catches for 48 yards and Beaty had two grabs for 36 yards.