Friendswood drops final game of season to Angleton


FRIENDSWOOD — The only real outcome of this game was just a matter of pride as there were no changes to the outcome of the playoffs. Friendswood will continue their season in the post-season and Angleton will get to watch the playoffs.

Of course the Mustangs gave their best to win the game and wanted to finish with some momentum going into the playoffs, but either way -- it doesn't matter as Friendswood finishes 8-2 on the season and 5-2 in district. The real season begins on Friday when the Mustangs will host Kingwood Park at Henry Winston Stadium at 7:00 p.m. in the Class 5A Region III Div. I bi-district contest.

“When I talked to them, I said, ‘We’re done with this game, and we’ve got a game next week on this field,’” Friendswood head coach Robert Koopmann said. “So, we’re going to be excited about that, and we’re going to try to put a playoff run together. This game has no bearing on that, whatsoever.”

While the offense and defense performed well, Koopmann will need to do some work with special teams as Angleton used an 89-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and a 51-yard kickoff return that set up another score for Angleton that eventually tied up the game at 28-28 with 10:38 left in the fourth quarter.

Friendswood would take the lead with 4:59 remaining in the game on an 8-yard scoring run by Jared Veatch to make the score 35-28.

Key plays on the drive were made on a 24-yard catch by Dawson Johnson and a 13-yard grab by Christian Lee from Luke Grden.

Facing fourth down on Angleton's final drive, QB Justus Mayon connected with wide receiver J.T. Anderson for 31-yards to keep the game-winning drive alive.

With :51 seconds showing on the clock and Angleton on the Friendswood 16, Mayon hit Anthony Jackson tor a touchdown.

With their season coming to an end and nothing to lose, the Wildcats went for the two-point conversion and the win.

Friendswood initially stopped Angleton's two-point attempt, but a defensive holding call gave the Wildcats new life at the Mustangs 1-yard line.

The second time gave Angleton the win as Jose Rodriquez scored on a 1-yard plunge that provided the go-ahead points in the 36-35 win.

The Wildcats scored first on a 38-yard run by Jordan Jones after Cameron Stone intercepted a Grden pass for a 7-0 lead.

The Mustangs answered with a 31-yard pass from Grden to Christian Lee with 4:05 left in the opening stanza to tie up the game 7-7.

Friendswood took a 14-7 lead on a 5-yard pass from Grden to Lee. It was set up by a 21-yard screen pass from Grden to Noah Palitz.

But Angleton tie up the game on the 89-yard kickoff return making the score 14-14.

The Wildcats took the lead again 21-14 when Mayon hit Stone on a 21-yard swing pass to set up a 14-yard TD run by Rodriguez.

The 'Stangs pull out a old trick play to pull off an 18-yard hook and lateral and then Dane Roenne pounded in the ball to the pay station with 1:00 left in the first half making the score 21-21.

Friendswood scored their only touchdown in the third quarter on a 48-yard scoring pass from Grden to Patrick Elizondo to give the Mustangs a 28-21 lead with 2:01 left in the period.

Grden was 18-for-29 passing for 258 yards and two TDs.

Lee had nine receptions for 97 yards and a score.

Angleton finishes the season with a 6-3 mark and 4-3 in district.

“They (Angleton) played with a lot of emotion,” Koopmann said. “A good team has got to stay home in this district. They’re a team that could be in the playoffs in almost any other district in the state.”

Friendswood will extend their season on Friday, November 15 at Henry Winston Stadium against Kingwood Park at 7:00 p.m.