Angleton's early lead spells doom for Friendswood 34-18

FRIENDSWOOD — The season for Friendswood didn't begin the way the Mustangs anticipated, but Friendswood head coach Robert Koopmann rallied the troops to go on a six-game winning streak to finish the regular season as District 9-5A Div. I co-champions with Port Arthur Memorial.

But the first round of the Class 5A Region III Div. I bi-district contest against Angleton didn't go the way the Mustangs had hoped it would as the Wildcats took an early lead for the 34-18 win

Friendswood's season comes to an end with a 6-5 mark.

Angleton scored early in the first quarter as running back Deseahn Thomas got on the outside of the Friendswood defense and raced 40-yards for a touchdown with only 68 seconds gone in the quarter for a 7-0 lead.

After the Mustangs were forced to punt on their first possession, the Wildcats' offense went on a 9-play, 73-yard drive capped off with a 25-yard scoring strike from QB Adrian Ewells to Isiah Williams with 1:50 left in the first quarter and a 14-0 advantage.

Angleton continue to dominate on offense as their third possession found the pay station again when Ewells hit Kariyen Boniaby Goins for a 22-yard scoring strike and a 21-0 lead.

Friendswood finally got on the scoreboard before halftime when kicker Pietro Pasqualli booted a 21-yard field goal to cut the lead to 21-3 at intermission.

The Wildcats scored first in the second half as Angleton built a 28-3 lead.

Friendswood finally found the goal line as Caleb Corkran ripped off a 29-yard run to the 'Cats' 36 yard line. Six plays later, Jackson Rhodes scored on a 5-yard run to cut the margin to 28-10.

The Mustangs continued their attempt to get back in the game as quarterback Matthew Dupuis hit Hunter Smyrl for a 34-yard gain and Rhodes got loose on a 27-yard run to the Angleton 8.

Three plays later, Corkran bounced into the end zone on a 5-yard run and a two-point conversion on a pass from Dupuis to J.T. Roher cut the margin to 28-18.

But Angleton responded with a long 14-play drive for a touchdown to make the score 34-18 with 2:24 left in the game.

Friendswood will no doubt build off this year for the next football season in 2022.