The Friendswood Mustangs beat down the Clear Creek Wildcats on homecoming by the final score of 52-21 to improve to 6-1 overall and 4-0 in District 24-6A on Friday night. at Henry Winston Stadium, setting up a district showdown with Clear Lake next Friday.
The Mustangs quickly made their presence felt early in the game, scoring first on a 33-yard touchdown by senior Mason Barnes. An extra point from Sam Wittman put Friendswood up 7-0 with 10:05 left in the first quarter.
The Wildcats senior quarterback Sam Mathews answered right back, scoring from 51 yards out on a keeper, on a two-play 75-yard drive. Christian Hernandez drove in the extra point to tie the game at 7-7 with 8:35 left in the first quarter.
Mustangs sophomore quarterback Christian Lee answered his counterpart’s touchdown with one of his own from 17 yards out to give the Mustangs a 14-7 lead with 3:26 left in the first quarter.
Matthew Etzel, brother of former Clear Creek athlete Landon Etzel, turned the game into a shootout when he scored on a 32-yard run with 56 second left in the first quarter.
The shootout would be short-lived as the Mustangs’ defense put the brakes on Clear Creek’s scoring, making plays throughout the second quarter, holding the Wildcats to two punts and two turnovers on four possessions.
Lee led the Mustangs down the field again, connecting with senior receiver Nick Swaney on a 28-yard pass to set the Mustangs up inside the Creek 10-yard line. Lee would run the ball in later, from the 1-yard line giving the Mustangs a 21-14 lead.
Senior linebacker Garrett Hurst laid out a massive hit on the ensuing kickoff setting the tone for the defense which held Clear Creek to a three-and-out.
Using a short field the Mustangs would add another point, with senior linebacker Calvin Whitaker and Jake Yurachek leading the way for Barnes on a 2-yard touchdown, with big blocks, putting the Mustangs up 28-14.
Whitaker and Yurachek teamed up again, this time on defense as Whitaker tipped a Mathews pass, which was picked off by Yurachek setting the Mustangs up at the Wildcat 12-yard line.
Lee ran the ball in from 12 yards out on the first play, giving the Mustangs a 35-14 lead.
Stopping the next Clear Creek possession was junior Mike Hermes sacking Mathews on the first play.
Whitaker made another play late in the half, recovering a botched punt to set up a 27-yard field goal by Wittman and the Mustangs led 38-14 going into the second half.
The Mustangs added another touchdown with 9:11 in the fourth quarter when Barnes scored again from 10 yards out for a 45-14.
The Mustangs senior defensive end Thad Horman ripped a pass out of the sky and ran it into the end zone for a pick-6 to end the scoring for the Mustangs as they led 52-14.
The Wildcats backup quarterback Hunter Smith found Etzel for a late score on a 20-yard pass play.
Friendswood will take on Clear Lake at Veterans Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. Friday.
Clear Creek (2-2 in 24-6A) will look to bounce back on the road at Dickinson at 1 p.m. Oct. 28.