Billies line up for new season Monday


SUMMER SWEAT — Area seventh, eighth and ninth graders took part in a football camp, sponsored by the Fredericksburg Independent School District’s Community Education program. Above, Coach Shane Willis gets down and dirty with potential Billie linemen during a field-goal situation drill. Linemen visible, from left, include Noah Gildersleeve, Levi Crawford, John Adam Castaneda and Ryan Cates (snapping). Behind Cates are Eston Epton, Jaime Ortega and Mark Lackey. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Matt Ward —

 

For Lance Moffett, the wait is almost over.

Nine months after the Billies ended their first non-losing season in five years, the quest for a playoff berth begins at 7 a.m. Monday as the Fredericksburg High School head football coach and his staff are set to welcome 125-140 players for the first day of training camp.

A special football parents’ meeting will be held Monday at 5:30 p.m. in the FHS gymnasium followed by the first Billie Boosters meeting of the year.

Fredericksburg will participate in four days of practice in shorts and t-shirts before suiting up in full pads in a special midnight practice Friday, Aug. 9.

 

‘Miraculous’ offseason

Heading into year three as head coach, Moffett said this year’s team will be the most physical squad in his tenure at Fredericksburg.

“I’m really excited to see where we’re going to be able to go,” Moffett said. “We’ve always got have that one-day-at-a-time approach, but the things we’ve done this offseason are borderline miraculous.”

Over the summer, nearly every single record for speed or strength has been broken by a Billie athlete, with some records falling multiple times as the same athlete bests their own mark.

“When they got here as freshmen, they were skinny, small, weak and slow and now they’re bigger, faster and stronger,” Moffett said. “The kids who have totally committed to being here every day in the offseason, doing the workout during the class period and then committing to the speed and strength camp during the summer, you can’t match their data.”

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