The 2016 season came to an end on Saturday for the Kingwood High School football team. The Mustangs fell, 42-18, to Clear Brook in a 6A Division II area round playoff game at NRG Stadium.
Kingwood finishes the season with a 6-6 record and the memories of playing on the same field as the NFL Houston Texans.
The Mustangs fought back but could not recover from an early 21-0 first-quarter deficit. Clear Brook quarterback Jaizac Gracia threw four touchdown passes in the first half as the Bruins cruised to a 28-3 lead at halftime. Kingwood's only answer was a 37-yard field goal from kicker Charlie Sheppard.
The offense got moving in the second half. Eric Hammersmith scored on a 5-yard run and Aaron Finch ran for the two-point conversion to cut the Bruins' lead to 35-11.
Hammersmith led all rushers with 132 yards on 19 carries. The senior paced Kingwood both in rushing (875) and receiving yards (408) for the season.
Finch added Kingwood's final score, a 1-yard run early in the fourth quarter. It was Finch's team-high 13th touchdown of the season.
Mustangs quarterback Dawson Trudell threw for 180 yards to bring his season's total to 1,284 passing yards and four touchdowns.
Kingwood kept pace with Clear Brook in total yards, piling up 342 to the Bruins' 405. The Mustangs won the battle of first downs, 19-12, but turned the ball over four times while Clear Brook played error-free football.