Katy stampedes past Mustangs 66-0

FRIENDSWOOD — Friendswood fumbled the opening kickoff to the No. 2 state-ranked Katy Tigers at their own 14. Four plays and less than two minutes later, Kyle Porter's 1-yard run gave the Tigers a quick 7-0 lead.

“Bad special teams plays in the first five minutes of the game and then a blown coverage; they’re just too good for you to give them chances,” Friendswood head coach Robert Koopmann said. “Then once the snowball starts rolling, it gets bigger and bigger and bigger.”

The snowball did get bigger to the tune of a 66-0 beating by a team that was bigger and faster than the Mustangs.

“When you play the University of Katy and drop the opening kickoff, and then you drop the next kickoff and only get it to the 10…” Koopmann said. “You’re trying to knock off a top 10 team in America...and brutal things happen...it just rolled from there.”

Friendswood has battled all season and always plays with heart, but sometimes a team faces another team that just has too much talent to overcome.

Katy built a 28-0 lead after the first quarter and continued to dominate with 21 more points in the second period for a 49-0 lead at intermission.

“What we preached at halftime is that we have so many kids coming back, and this game isn’t going to define who we are," Koopmann said.

The Tigers began to take the foot off the gas in the third quarter with only 14 points and wrapped up the game with a 26-yard field goal in the fourth to post the 66-0 final score.

One of the young stars that has emerged over the past few weeks for Katy is freshman running back Deondrick Glass who scored twice on runs of 16 and 71-yards which shows the depth of the Tigers who seem to just reload each year with the goal to win a state championship.

Katy used a powerful offensive display to out gain the Mustangs 532 yards to 89 yards.

The Tigers defense held Friendswood quarterback Tyler Page to only 48 yards on 24 carries and 11 yards passing.

The junior signal-caller cannot let one game define his value to the Friendswood football team.

Page had an incredible season hitting 82-of-162 passing for 1,179 yards for 13 TDs and 8 INTs. He also led the team in rushing with 333 carries for 2,124 yards and 24 scores while giving him 3,303 total yards of offense.

Page was only one of four ball carriers in the Houston area who surpassed the 2,000 yard rushing mark and the only quarterback in the state to achieve such a remarkable accomplishment.

Friendswood ends its season with an 8-5 record and made its furthest run in the playoffs since moving up to Class 6A in 2014. The Mustangs lose only a handful of starters from a young team that defied expectations.

“We had more sophomores starting than seniors,” Koopmann said. “Our kids are resilient. We’ll be OK.”

Friendswood fans need to remember that the Mustangs were only one of four teams that were still playing among the 6A Region III Div. II playoff teams. All the other teams had already checked in their equipment and were now playoff spectators.

Coach Koopmann and his coaching staff did an excellent job this year and the Mustangs will build on their success this season to make another deep run in 2016.