On an unseasonably warm afternoon at Challenger Columbia Stadium, ice cream certainly could have been the order of the day for players and spectators alike.
As for the Clear Lake football team, vanilla was the preferred choice.
The Falcons didn’t dig deep into the playbook, scoring on their first three drives in taking a 35-10 win over winless Alvin in a District 24-6A football game.
Clear Lake (3-3, 1-1) didn’t exactly make a statement in the win over the Yellowjackets, who scored their first points of the season in their fifth game.
“The mark of a mature team is one that finishes it out, and we’ve gotten better at that since the beginning of the year,” Falcon head coach Larry McRae said. “It’s week six, and we’re still a work in progress.
“We’ve got to get better at handling being up. It’s a place you want to be, but it can be a scary thing. We want to be a team on the edge the entire time.”
Clear Lake needed just 15 plays to open a 21-0 lead by the 3:18 mark of the opening quarter, and senior running back/wide receiver Nick Straughter was the focal point in each of those touchdowns.
In the opening drive of the day, Lake moved 67 yards in four plays in consuming just 92 seconds to build a 7-0 cushion.
Straughter’s 51-yard run capped the march, and Maxwell Loucks added the PAT.
After Clear Lake blocked a punt on Alvin’s first possession, the Falcons needed to cover just 26 yards in three plays in opening a 14-0 advantage.
Quarterback Donovan Sweeney completed an 18-yard pass to Straughter on first down, and two plays later, senior running back Brendon Holmes darted into the end zone from three yards at 7:25 of the opening period.
Alvin’s second possession also ended badly when Lake sophomore defensive lineman Quentin White recovered a fumble caused by Falcon defensive back Tommy Geremia.
Lake used eight plays to cover 27 yards for the three-touchdown bulge.
Because of a 10-yard quarterback sack and a holding penalty in the march, the drive-capping touchdown play was a 28-yard pass from Sweeney to Straughter.
Alvin, which had been outscored 160-0 in its first four games, finally reached the end zone at 7:07 of the second quarter.
A bad snap on a punt forced Lake backup punter Thomas Saunders to flee pressure, and he was tackled at the Clear Lake 17-yard line.
In two plays, the Yellowjackets were in the end zone.
On first down, junior fullback Ronald Broussard powered up the middle for five yards. The bullish back then broke to the outside on second down, and outraced Falcon pursuit to the end zone to make it 21-6.
Austin Almaraz-Ruiz added the PAT for the Yellowjackets for a 21-7 score.
Clear Lake answered quickly, moving 65 yards in three plays, and again, the scoring play was longer than the drive itself.
Following a holding penalty and an 8-yard loss by reserve quarterback Tyler Durst, the sophomore signal-caller than threated the needle on an 83-yard pass play to Holmes that helped produce a 28-7 cushion with 5:41 left in the half.
Alvin, fueled by its first scoring drive of the year, responded with a workmanlike 14-play drive which covered 67 yards.
The march consumed the remaining 5:41 of the half and culminated with Almaraz-Ruiz’s 36-yard field as time expired for a 28-10 score.
The only scoring in the second half come on Clear Lake’s second possession after recovering an Alvin fumble.
The Falcons finalized an 8-play, 29-yard drive with Durst’s 3-yard run at 1:09 of the third quarter.
“The offense was on track early,” McRae said. “We missed a big pass to Brendon that we ended up coming back to on the drive after that.
“Heading into an off week, we have to go back to the basics. We need to fix the miscues from this game before heading off to play Creek.”
Alvin, guided by veteran head coach Tim Teykl, revealed inspired play.
“Coach Teykl is a class act,” McRae said. “He’s doing it the right way, and you can see the progress in their guys, who are playing hard.
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