Sophomore quarterback Tyler Page is proving that he is a very special player for the Friendswood Mustangs and he still has this year and two more seasons ahead of him. There is no question that he is already getting the attention of college scouts when he is able to play at the next level.
But for now, Page is taking care of business on the field for the Mustangs and continues to be the difference in whether Friendswood gets a win or loss.
Such was the case when the Mustangs (4-1, 2-0) returned home with a 35-20 victory against the Brazoswood Buccaneers at Hopper Stadium in Freeport.
With Brazoswood keying on running back Sam Longbotham, Page was able to take advantage of the opportunities that he got.
Longbotham still picked up 107 hard-earned yards on 21 carries and continues to be the league’s leading ball carrier with 747 yards.
Friendswood led only 7-0 at halftime as Page scored on a 2-yard plunge with 4:51 left in the first quarter. But it took only :51 seconds for the Mustangs to get a 14-0 lead to begin the second half.
Page called his own number on 3rd and four at his own 31-yard line. The speedster found a running lane down the sideline for a 69-yard scoring jaunt giving the Mustangs a 14-0 lead.
Brazoswood responded with a 34-yard touchdown pass from QB Josh McKenzie to Robert Barr with 7:51 remaining in the third to cut the lead to 14-6 after missing the PAT.
It took only :38 seconds for Page to give the Mustangs a 21-6 advantage as he found an opening for another lengthy run covering 59-yards.
The Bucs once again responded to the challenge as La’Wayne Ross was on the receiving end of a pass from McKenzie covering 46-yards for another Brazoswood score. The two-point conversion was an incomplete pass leaving the Bucs trailing 21-12.
While both teams were battling each other, they also were battling the official’s flags as there was an unheard of 31 flags thrown during the contest which made it difficult to keep a consistent flow of the game.
Friendswood got 12 flags tossed for 140 yards in penalties while the home team was hit with 19 hankies for 170 yards.
With 9:44 left in the fourth quarter, Page got loose for his longest scoring run of the night with a 70-yard cross-country run. Blake King added his fourth PAT of the night and a 28-12 lead.
Brazoswood still wasn’t going to go down easy as McKenzie found Ross again for a 14-yard scoring strike with 6:08 left in the game.
The two-point conversion was good leaving the Bucs trailing 28-20 and still in the game.
With four minutes remaining in the game, Friendswood faced a third and 25 at its own 15-yard line. Brazoswood needed a big stop. Once again, Page came up with the game-saving play as he ripped off a 32-yard run to give the Mustangs a much-needed first down.
Friendswood went on to score with 2:11 left on the clock as Longbotham bulled his way across the goal line covering 6-yards. Dallas Beaty hit the PAT and Friendswood posted the 35-20 final score to pick up their second straight District 24-6A victory. The Mustangs are now 4-1 overall and 2-0 in league play.
Page was the game’s leading rusher with 340 yards on 27 carries for four touchdowns. He was also 3-for-8 passing for 46 yards. Joey Crespo had two catches for 41 yards.
Brazoswood falls to 1-4 overall and 0-2 in the district standings. Friendswood will host Clear Springs (3-2, 2-0) on Friday, October 10 at Henry Winston Stadium at 7:00 p.m.