The Clear Lake Falcons shocked the Friendswood Mustangs, 14-10, in a 24-6A contest that was one for the ages.
The Falcons rebounded from a loss last week against Clear Brook.
“We talked about getting back to the basics,” said Clear Lake head coach Larry McRae. “Last week against Brook we felt like we had a good hold on the game, but we turned over the ball too much.”
The two teams both played an outstanding defensive game in the first half. The Falcons defense stopped the Mustangs offense on fourth down at the Falcons’ 10-yard line. The Mustangs defense held the Falcons offense to no first downs until there was 2:51 left in the second quarter.
The Falcons offense finally broke through the Mustangs defense late in the second quarter. Brendon Holmes ran for a 48 yards to the Mustangs 35-yard line. On the next play, Holmes added 13 more yards to his rushing total. Three plays later, Shae Suiaunoa found Kris Mason in the corner of the end zone for a 3-yard touchdown.
The Falcons offense started to get back on track in the third quarter. The Falcons attacked the Mustangs through the air and the ground. Suiaunoa found Asher Alberding for a 23-yard completion. Two plays later, Holmes burst through the defense for a 22-yard rush to the Mustangs’ 1-yard line. Holmes found the end zone on the next play for a 1-yard touchdown run.
The Mustangs offense put their first points on the board with 10:51 left in the fourth quarter. Christian Lee did it all on the drive. He toasted the Falcons defense through the air and ground. Lee found the end zone on a 5-yard touchdown to cut the Falcons’ lead to just seven.
The comeback efforts for the Mustangs continued. The Mustangs shot themselves in the foot after a holding call on third down at the Falcons’ 6-yard line. The Mustangs settled for a 23-yard field goal.
The Falcons defense continued to come to play. They stopped Friendswood’s offense three times on fourth down inside of the 25-yard line.
“I think the wind that came in with this cold front affected both of our game plans,” said McRae. “Our defense was able to stay on the field and get them off the field. ‘They made some really big plays.”
On the offensive end for the Falcons, Holmes played an outstanding game. He finished the game with more than 100 yards rushing and one touchdown. His night did not end on a positive note. He went down with what is being called an ankle injury with just a minute left in the game.
“It feels good to be tied for the No. 1 spot in district, but you can almost go from being the No. 1 to not going to the playoffs at all,” said McRae.
The Mustangs will face Clear Springs next Friday, while the Falcons will face Clear Creek.