By DR. DAVID DAVIS
In the past, when Friendswood and Texas City would meet on the field of battle, it usually was a scoring display with the last team who had the ball who would decide the winner.
Not the case this year as the Stingarees defense had no answer for Friendswood QB Tyler Page who scored five times and threw for two more scores in the 54-20 thrashing of the Stings.
Page is a highlight reel fixing to happen each time he touches the ball and the senior field general certainly disappoint the home crowd who came to witness the greatest show in Friendswood.
The illusive signal-caller scored on runs of 10, 42, 32,9, and 7-yards while throwing for two more scores covering 50 and 9-yards. The SMU commit rushed for 130 yards and threw for 185 yards giving him 315 total yards of offense.
“When I look at these watch lists of top 100 players, and he (Page) isn’t on it, it just boggles my mind,” Friendswood head coach Robert Koopmann said.
The Friendswood defense came up with four early turn overs that helped spark the Mustangs offensive display.
Page scored on a 10-yard run with only 16 seconds gone in the opening period after Texas City fumbled the opening kickoff at their own 10 giving Friendswood a 7-0 lead following the PAT by Cody Williamson.
The Friendswood defense struck again 53 seconds later as Friendswood’s Connor Stanford pounced on a fumbled snap in the Texas City end zone for a 14-0 lead.
The the Tyler Page show began as he scored on a 42-yard jaunt to complete the one-play drive for a 21-0 lead with 11:00 left in the second period.
Texas City finally put together a 12-play, 83-yard scoring drive capped by a 1-yard scoring run by Da’Quan Thompson to cut the lead to 21-7 with 6:37 in the second quarter.
It took only 37 seconds for the Mustangs to strike again as Page fired a 50-yard scoring bomb to Nick Swaney to a 28-7 advantage.
Page closed out the half with a 32-yard scoring sprint with 1:15 left before intermission for a 34-7 lead following the missed PAT.
Texas City scored first in the second half as Thompson scored on a 2-yard keeper with 9:48 left in the third quarter to cut the lead to 34-20 after missing the PAT.
But Page answered with a 9-yard run at the 8:23 mark and then scored again at the 2:59 mark to run the score to 47-13.
Texas City scored one more time early in the fourth frame and the Mustangs closed out the game when Page found Reed Roher for a 9-yard scoring toss to post the 54-20 final score.
Friendswood offense also got a stellar performance by running back Mason Barnes who had 113 yards rushing on 12 carries.
Swaney had 87 yards receiving on two catches for one TD and Roher had three grabs for 72 yards and one score.
The Mustangs do have other weapons that keep the defense honest if they try to key on Page.
Friendswood will host Humble Summer Creek on Friday, September 2 at 7:00 p.m. at Henry Winston Stadium.
“It was great to finally get live game action and see how our offense looks against a live defense,” Page said. “To play against an athletic defense like Texas City and put up 54 points, that’s a great testimony to all the hard work that we’ve put in.”
By DR. DAVID DAVIS