WHOA NELLIE!!!! – A Dickinson defender grabs hold of Friendswood QB Tyler Page’s jersey and holds on for dear life. Page had 165 yards rushing on 34 carries in the 27-20 Homecoming loss to the Gators. Dickinson came up with several big plays to pull out the District 24-6A contest. The Mustangs are now 4-4 overall and 3-2 in league action. (Photo by Bob Brown)
The Friendswood Mustangs have to be one of the best 4-4 teams in the state. The Mustangs have competed against some of the best teams in the state and have been in the game throughout the entire contest only to fall in the final minutes.
The ‘Stangs had No. 21 state-ranked Clear Creek on the ropes and lost their grip 45-42 and this past week, they outplayed No. 10 state-ranked Dickinson only to allow big plays to be the difference in the 27-20 outcome in favor of the Gators.
Offensively, Friendswood outgained the Gators 377 to 272. Dickinson was 1-for-5 passing for only 32 yards.
The Mustangs rushed for 294 yards and controlled the most of the game.
What crushed Friendswood was the big scoring plays that was the difference in the game.
Dickson’s Jacoby Fowler showed why he was of the area’s top ball carriers as he scored twice on runs of 44 and 42 yards in the first half to give the Gators a 14-7 halftime lead.
Friendswood got a first-half score on a 2-yard pass from QB Tyler Page to Calvin Whitaker on the first play of the second quarter.
With 3:58 left in the third, Friendswood got a Dickinson turnover and drove to the Gator five-yard line.
Head coach Robert Koopmann opted for a 22-yard field goal by Cody Williamson to cut the lead to 14-10.
It took only 16 seconds for Dickinson to strike like lightening as Fowler gathered the kickoff on his one-yard line, found a seam, and burned the Friendswood special teams for a 99-yard touchdown to put the Gators up 21-10.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, Friendswood stayed in the game with a 15-yard scoring pass from Page to Dylan Friske to cut the margin to 21-17 with 11:53 left in the game.
The back breaker came with 2:20 left in the game when Montel Parker got the ball on a double reverse and raced 41-yards for the touchdown.
Dickinson was facing third and 30 thanks to back-to-back holding penalties and Friendswood needed a big defensive play to have one final chance at pulling out the win.
Instead, the Gators came up with the surprise play of the game that sealed the victory and keep Dickinson undefeated at 8-0 overall and 5-0 in district.
With still some time left, the never-say-die Mustangs kicked a 35-yard field goal with 58 seconds left in the game, but failed to recover the onside kick allowing Dickinson to survive.
“Two red zone turnovers and a special teams play against a top 10 team will get you beat, but I’m so proud of our kids in the effort we gave,” Friendswood head coach Robert Koopmann said. “That’s a really, really good football team over there.”
Friendswood should make the playoffs and then, as they say, the real season begins and each team is 0-0.
“Friendswood is an excellently coached football team, and they did a great job against us,” Dickinson head coach John Snelson said. “We didn’t execute really well, but a bunch of that was Friendswood. They always defend us really well.”
Page finished the game with 34 carries for 165 yards while hitting 8-of-19 passing for 83 yards and two TDs with one INT.
Mason Barnes had a good game with 23 totes for 111 yards.
Friendswood (4-4, 3-2) will travel to CCISD Stadium on Thursday, October 29 to take on the Clear Lake Falcons (2-6, 1-4) at 7:00 p.m.
The Mustangs will close out the regular season against cross-town rival Clear Brook on Friday, November 6 at 7:00 p.m. at Henry Winston Stadium.