Wait is over for the Friendswood Mustangs
By L. Scott Hainline
You'll have to excuse the Friendswood Mustangs for looking ahead, but they've been waiting on this one for a whole year.
I guess you could say we've had this game mentally circled on the calendar," senior linebacker Beau Barnes said. We've been keeping an eye on Angleton ever since we lost to them last year, and it looks like it should be a great game."
Angleton (4-0, 1-0 District 24-4A) visits Friendswood (3-1, 1-0) at 7 p.m. on Friday with at least a share of the district lead, and eventually a lot more, on the line.
Angleton came from behind to beat Friendswood 28-25 last season in the first game after Hurricane Ike on a hot-and-humid Saturday afternoon.
We had to play during the day because there wasn't any electricity for the lights," Barnes said. The heat was pretty bad in Angleton, and they pulled it out, so we're looking forward at another shot."
Senior cornerback Hunter McAfee remembers the game well.
We were up (17-7) at halftime, and they returned the second-half kickoff for a touchdown, and then scored on a long run on the first play of a drive," he said. You have to give them credit for hanging on for the win, and we'd really like to return the favor this week.
We've been waiting for this since last year, and even last week, we were talking about Angleton."
The Mustangs opened district with a 33-17 win at Texas City last week, while Angleton was taking care of La Marque 37-14 in their fourth straight home outing.
Friday's game at Friendswood is the Wildcats' first road trip of 2009.
We ended up tying (Angleton) for the district championship last year, but they had the bragging rights because they beat us head up," McAfee said. We're out to turn that around, and it will be a challenge because Angleton is strong on offense and defense."
Angleton features quarterback-defensive back Quandre Diggs, who has rushed for 366 yards and six touchdowns, thrown for 152 yards and two scores and returned an interception for a touchdown against La Marque.
The Wildcats also have potent ground gainers in Henry Josey (368 yards, four touchdowns), Terrance Franks (257, two) and Donnie Foster (205, two).
Quandre is a big-play guy, and they really like to run the ball," Barnes said. Our goal is to keep them off the field and our offense out there."
The Mustangs are led by Andrew Cole (386 rushing yards and three touchdowns, and nine receptions for 132 yards and a touchdown), quarterback Pete Maetzold (59-of-99 passing for 812 yards with eight touchdowns and three interceptions), and Jonathan Johnson (13 receptions for 163 yards).
Friendswood defeated Dayton 36-33 and Nederland 42-7, and lost to Brazoswood 28-18 during non-district play.
Angleton stopped Dickinson 30-14, Brazoswood 27-7 and Hastings 50-38, before beating La Marque.
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