Friendswood comes up short against Kingwood 35-34

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For the second straight week, the Friendswood Mustangs struggled and came up short in their quest to get a win. The Mustangs are now 1-2 on the young season as the District 24-6A season approaches.
    Last week, the Mustangs were totally dominated by the Richmond George Ranch Longhorns in a 29-6 loss as the offense barely got 200 yards of total offense and didn’t score until there was only 2:40 left in the game.
    Things were different in their game against the Kingwood Mustangs (1-2) as they jumped out to a commanding 21-7 lead in the opening 12 minutes of action and it appeared that Friendswood would run away with the game.
    Friendswood (1-2) opened up the scoring when linebacker Casey Thurman blocked a punt with Kingwood backed up at their goal line. He picked it up and returned it for a touchdown with 6:07 left in the first period for a 7-0 lead following the PAT by Cody Williamson.
    It took just a minute for Friendswood to find the pay station again when Nick Dehoyos scored on a 29-yard run. The PAT was good for a 14-0 advantage.
    But Kingwood answered with a 19-yard scoring dash by Griffin Lay to cut the lead to 14-7.
    Mason Barnes added more points for Friendswood after he got loose on an 18-yard run for another Friendswood score to pad their lead 21-7 at the end of the first quarter.
    Friendswood moved further ahead 28-7 with 5:02 left in the second quarter when QB Tyler Page scored on a 5-yard keeper.
    However, Kingwood was still going to hang around as Sewo Olonilua scored on a 49-yard pass from QB Dawson Trudell to get them close before halftime 28-14.
    Friendswood got the ball first in the second half, but went three-and-out on their first two possessions including a punt and an interception.
    That’s when Kingwood came out with a new drive and intensity as they scored 21-0 unanswered points to grab a 35-28 lead with 11:55 left in the fourth quarter.
    Kingwood got scoring runs from Damon Young covering 4 and 1 yards and Olonilua burned the Friendswood defense with a 35-yard scoring jaunt.
    With 8:08 left in the game, Friendswood used an eight-play drive to score capped off with a 14-yard scoring pass from Page to Reed Roher. The extra point snap skidded on the ground, holder Ryan Epperson picked up the ball and scrambled to his left looking for a receiver. His pass in the end zone was futile as Friendswood trailed 35-34.
    That is the way the game would end as Friendswood dropped their second game of the season.
    “Kingwood didn’t beat us tonight,” Friendswood head coach Robert Koopmann said. “I commend them (Kingwood), they played hard. But we beat ourselves tonight.”
    Friendswood got 312 total yards with Page hitting only 9-of-23 passing for 132 yards and one TD and two INTs. Page picked up 99 yards on 29 carries and another TD.
    Barnes had nine carries for 51 yards and one score while Dehoyos had two totes for 30 yards and one TD.
    Roher had three catches for 39 yards and a TD. Barnes had one grab for 39 yards and Dylan Friske had a pair of catches for 27 yards.
    “Our goal is to worry about Clear Falls now and go 1-0 in our district,” Koopmann said.
    The real season begins on Saturday, September 26 at 1:00 p.m. when the Mustangs travel to League City at CCISD Stadium to face the Clear Falls Knights in the District 24-6A opener. Friendswood has an open date this Friday, September 18.

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