The high school football postseason giveth and it taketh away.
Two weeks ago, Galveston County’s 11-man football teams boasted a perfect 7-0 record in the bi-district round of the UIL playoffs. In last week’s area round: 1-6.
And just like that, there’s only one team flying the flag for Galveston County — the Friendswood Mustangs — as the playoffs move on to the regional semifinals this weekend.
While Friendswood’s die-hard fans usually show up in solid numbers, why not bolster those numbers by having folks from all reaches of the county show up to TDECU Stadium on Friday to support the Mustangs?
It certainly would be a nice showing of Galveston County unity, and there are plenty of reasons to get out and watch the Mustangs, who, overall, have been a fun team to watch this season.
For starters, there’s nothing like Friday night lights, especially in the postseason, and if county residents still want to back a team, Friendswood is the only game in town.
Also, the Mustangs have been a fascinating story this football season. One of the towns hit hardest by the floods of Hurricane Harvey, Friendswood stumbled out of the gate, but quickly righted the ship and scored a season-defining upset victory over Dickinson in the team’s District 24-6A opener.
Defensively solid all year, the Mustangs struggled to replace star class of 2017 quarterback Tyler Page and find a catalyst for their offense. First it was a senior linebacker turned quarterback, who turned out to be better suited in the linebacker role. Then, a sophomore move-in who was injured late in the season.
Now, the Mustangs have found a spark at quarterback from the unlikeliest of sources: a freshman gunslinger who looks every bit a 14-year-old. The wunderkind started Friendswood’s last game of the regular season and has been a revelation in the playoffs, displaying poise beyond his years to bring much-needed balance to the offense.
The Mustangs also have that aura of the Cinderella story to them. Playing in the Class 6A, Division II bracket while currently having Class 5A numbers, Friendswood will face a much larger Cy-Fair school Friday. They enter the game off the heels of an area round victory over Humble Summer Creek that saw what would have been a game-winning field goal wiped out by a high snap to save the Mustangs’ season.
For more information on attending Friday’s game, contact the Friendswood athletic department at 281-996-6554. For more information on Friday’s matchup, stay tuned for Friday’s Daily News sports plus.