Clear Springs shuts out Friendswood 24-0

FRIENDSWOOD — It is has been over 30 years since a Friendswood team was shut out on the scoreboard. In fact, one would have to go back to October 10, 1986 when the Mustangs fell 20-0 to the Dickinson Gators.

In a game that had the District 24-6A championship on the line, the Clear Springs Chargers did what no one has been able to do in a very long time and that was to hold a Friendswood team off the scoreboard while getting a crucial 24-0 win.

"Our defense played awesome, but they were just on the field so much, they ran out of gas," Friendswood head coach Robert Koopmann said. "I can't ask any more from our defense."

While the Friendswood offense was struggling, the Mustangs held the Clear Springs high-octane offense to only three points in the first quarter. The Chargers got a 36-yard field goal from Seth Porter with only 1:59 left in the opening 12 minutes for a 3-0 lead.

Friendswood was unable to get on the scoreboard in the second quarter, the Friendswood defense held on as long as they could until Todd Hudson scored on a 10-yard run with only :21 seconds before intermission to lead 10-0 heading into the dressing room.

The Chargers capped the 15-play, 78-yard scoring drive that took 6:32 off the game clock with 13 plays on the ground.

"We finally got in a rhythm running the football and throwing it short down the field, and our O-line and Hudson went to work and wore them out," Clear Springs head coach Craig Dailey said. "That's the type of football we want to play."

The Friendswood defense continued their excellent effort as the Mustangs got two first half interceptions by sophomore Dane Roenne and senior Reid Nickerson.

Clear Springs scored two more times in the second half, once in the third quarter and once in the fourth frame.

The Chargers scored on their first possession of the second half when Peyton Sawyer took a screen pass from QB Garrett Rooker and scooted 54-yards to the pay station giving the Chargers a 17-0 advantage.

With 7:11 left in the game, Clear Springs put the nail in the coffin as Rooker his Michael Gillaspia with a 9-yard scoring strike to post the 24-0 final score.

Clear Springs (6-2, 5-1) held Friendswood to just 147 yards of total offense, including only 17 rushing yards against the run-heavy Mustangs team.

"The offensive line couldn't get a push, we struggled there, and when we did, we struggled throwing the ball," Koopmann said. "It was just a bad offensive effort."

Friendswood quarterback Christian Lee was 10-of-19 passing for 96 yards while running back Mason Barnes led the ground attack with 10 carries for 48 yards. Swaney had five catches for 59 yards while Ben Redding had seven grabs for 40 yards.

Friendswood (6-3, 4-2) will close out the regular season in Alvin on Friday, Nov. 10 at 7:00 p.m. at Alvin Memorial Stadium.