Records fall as Friendswood routs Clear Falls 84-8

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PICK 6 - Friendswood defensive back Weston Owens (5) gets an interception and returns it for a 62-yard touchdown. The Mustangs ripped Clear Falls 84-8 to improve to 3-1 overall and 1-1 in district action. The Mustangs will get a stern test on Friday, Oct. 7 when they travel to Veterans Memorial Stadium in League City to face a much-improved Clear Brook (4-1, 2-0) team at 7:00 p.m. in a district showdown. (Photo by Bob Brown)

PICK 6 – Friendswood defensive back Weston Owens (5) gets an interception and returns it for a 62-yard touchdown. The Mustangs ripped Clear Falls 84-8 to improve to 3-1 overall and 1-1 in district action. The Mustangs will get a stern test on Friday, Oct. 7 when they travel to Veterans Memorial Stadium in League City to face a much-improved Clear Brook (4-1, 2-0) team at 7:00 p.m. in a district showdown. (Photo by Bob Brown)

By DR. DAVID DAVIS

Two records fell as Friendswood completely dominated the game against the Clear Falls Knights 84-8.

The first obvious record was the 84 points that the Mustangs put on the scoreboard.

“We were kind of itching to get back on that field after Dickinson,” Friendswood head coach Robert Koopmann said, referring to last week’s tough 21-16 loss. “We felt like we left a lot out on the field against Dickinson.

We had an awesome week of practice and knew we had to come out focused, and we did.”

The 84 points scored by Friendswood set a school single-game record, topping the Mustangs’ previous single-game high mark of 79 points.

The Mustangs built a commanding 21-0 lead by the end of the first quarter, scoring TDs on a 22-yard Tyler Page run, a 3-yard pass from Page to receiver Reed Roher and a 41-yard pass from Page to receiver Koleman Bell.

Clear Falls scored its only touchdown of the game on a 75-yard TD drive capped off by a 6-yard screen pass from quarterback Camron Davis to running back Dorian Mason for the score.

A two-point conversion cut the deficit to 21-8 at the 11:19 mark of the second quarter, but that was as close as the Knights got, as a wave of Friendswood scoring followed.

The Mustangs responded to Clear Falls TD drive in just one play, with Page slicing through the defense behind strong blocking for a 58-yard run to the end zone.

Friendswood added to its scoring total with a 17-yard TD pass from Page to Roher, a 1-yard Page TD run, a 62-yard pick-6 by defensive back Weston Owens and a 21-yard Page TD run, and the Mustangs held a 56-8 lead at halftime.

It was more of the same in the second half.

A blocked punt set Friendswood up with a short field and, two plays later, backup quarterback Justin Karam hit receiver Alex Klump on a beautiful pass for a 12-yard touchdown connection.

A fumble recovery and return for a touchdown by defensive back Tom Hermes and a 68-yard TD pass from Karam to receiver Johnnie Nemecek pushed the Friendswood lead to 77-8 before the end of the third quarter.

Running back Colton Halata ripped off a 73-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter to set the school record for most points scored in a game.

While the Friendswood team set a new single-game scoring record, the biggest individual record was set by Page who surpassed former Friendswood running back Sam Longbotham’s career rushing mark of 3,564 yards.

Page finished the game with 151 yards rushing on only 10 carries for three touchdown. He now has 3,658 career rushing yards with five regular season games remaining, plus the possibility of going deep in the post-season. The elusive signal-caller could potentially surpass 5,000 yards before his high school career comes to an end. The SMU commit is certainly a highlight reel ready to happen at any given moment as Clear Falls found out.

Page also had 143 yards and three more scores while completing 7-of-9 attempts.

Friendswood will meet cross-town rival and a much improved Clear Brook team (4-1, 2-0) on Friday, Oct. 7 at 7:00 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium in League City in a District 24-6A showdown.

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