By DR. DAVID DAVIS
It took only 19 seconds for the Friendswood Mustangs to set the tone for their game against the Kingwood Mustangs as Friendswood QB Tyler Page dropped back, found a streaking WR Reed Roher going doing the right sideline, lofted a beautiful pass right in Roher’s waiting arms to complete a 69-yard scoring pass on the game’s first play. Cody Williamson added the PAT and the ‘Stangs had a 7-0 lead with 11:41 left in the opening period.
“We thought we could throw the ball a little bit on them, and it was prophetic, I guess,” Friendswood head coach Robert Koopmann said. “We threw the ball really well in the first half, and watching Dickinson on Friday night, we’re going to be able to need to do that.”
The long scoring bomb was just the beginning as Friendswood would totally dominate the non-district contest to improve their season record to 2-0.
On Kingwood’s first possession, Friendswood’s Calvin Whitaker recovered a lost fumble setting up Friendswood at the Kingwood 48-yard line. Page called his own number resulting in a 47-yard scamper through the Kingwood defense to the 1-yard line. A quarterback sneak followed putting Friendswood up 14-0 only 49 seconds after the team’s first score.
After Friendswood shut down Kingwood’s offense on their next possession to force a punt, Friendswood put together a nine-play, 82-yard scoring drive capped by a 40-yard TD pass from Page to receiver Koleman Bell that gave Friendswood a 21-0 lead at the 8:32 mark of the first quarter.
Kingwood finally got some offense going in the second quarter. A short punt gave Kingwood good field position, and running back Aaron Finch scored five plays later on a 4-yard TD run to cut the lead to 21-7 with 8:41 left before halftime.
Friendswood answered with a nine-play, 59-yard drive, which ended with running back Elijah Blackburn getting a 5-yard TD run to make the score 28-7.
Kingwood scored again at the 3:34 mark to cut Friendswood’s lead to 28-13 on a 39-yard TD run by fullback Matt Dean.
But the Mustangs closed out the first half with two more scores as Page found a wide-open Swaney for a 56-yard TD pass with 4:48 left in the half, and then, after a short Kingwood punt set the offense up at Kingwood’s 14-yard line, Page hit Roher across the middle to give Friendswood a 41-13 lead with only 11 seconds before intermission.
Friendswood pushed the lead to 48-13 on a 43-yard TD pass from Page to Swaney at the 4:48 mark of the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Kingwood got on the scoreboard on a 42-yard fake reverse TD pass from Grant Taylor to quarterback Dawson Trudell to cut the score to 48-20.
Friendswood closed out the scoring with a 28-yard field goal by Cody Williamson and a 12-yard TD run by Alex Garza in the final frame to post the 58-20 final score.
Friendswood got some outstanding defensive efforts for several players as Whitaker recovered a fumble, Weston Owens and Josh Peterson each got an interception.
Friendswood racked up 482 total yards as Page was 14-of-25 passing for 315 yards and 5 TDs while rushing for 86 yards on 18 carries and another score.
Swaney had six catches for 145 yards and two TDs while Roher had six grabs for 120 yards and two scores.
Friendswood has an open date this week and then will travel to face the Dickinson Gators on Friday, Sept. 23 at 7:00 p.m. at Sam Vitanza Stadium, 3800 Baker Drive, Dickinson.