Friendswood shuts out Clear Falls 38-0


FRIENDSWOOD — Friendswood head coach Robert Koopmann has accepted the fact that his team might not get the highest points for beauty, but they certainly get high marks in effort.

"Our offense is ugly, but somehow we hold onto the ball and get first downs and take some time of possession, and we did that against Clear Falls," Friendswood head coach Robert Koopmann said. "And a shutout in 24-6A is a big thing. People can play some offense in 24-6A, just look at the scores."

Koopmann was referring to other district games such as Clear Creek over Clear Brook 55-42 and Clear Springs over Alvin 49-0.

The lopsided win for Friendswood started when Clear Falls had a 12-yard punt on fourth down that gave the Mustangs the ball on the Knights' 18-yard line. It took only two plays for Mason Barnes to find the pay station on a 1-yard plunge and a 7-0 lead with only 2:44 gone off the first quarter clock.

Clear Falls fumbled on their next possession that was recovered by junior defensive lineman David Tinger giving the ball back to the Mustangs as the Knights' 37-yard line.

With 6:14 left in the opening period, Barnes once again found the end zone on a 1-yard dive. The PAT by Sam Wittman, last week's hero in a double OT win over Dickinson, hit the mark for a 14-0 lead.

Barnes added one more 1-yard score with 5:05 left in the second quarter giving the 'Stangs a comfortable 21-0 lead at intermission.

It was more of the same in the second half as the Friendswood defense proved too stout for the Knights' offense.

Friendswood increased the lead to 24-0 when Wittman booted a 28-yard field goal at the 9:12 mark of the third quarter.

And then sophomore quarterback Christian Lee, who was 15-of-25 passing for 75 yards, connected on a pair of touchdown passes.

"I thought Christian took care of the ball well in his first start," Koopmann said. "He didn't throw the ball in places he shouldn't have. So, that's kind of what we need. And we were kind of meticulous again."

Lee connected with Ben Redding on a 3-yard scoring toss with 3:43 left in the third quarter and then hit senior wide receiver Koleman Bell on a 7-yard touchdown pass at the 9:15 mark of the final period making the score 38-0.

Friendswood's defense held Clear Falls' offense to just 234 yards in the shutout, much of which came late in the game.

The Mustangs (4-1, 2-0) will host cross-town rival Clear Brook (3-1, 1-1) at Henry Winston Stadium on Friday, Oct. 13 at 7:00 p.m.