Billies come out strong on first day of training camp

By Matt Ward

 

In year three of his tenure, Fredericksburg High School head football coach Lance Moffett and his staff have a lot less teaching to do on the first day of training camp.

As a result, the amount of work done and the speed practice runs at dramatically increased at Monday’s first morning practice, making Moffett even more excited about the prospects of the upcoming season.

“I’m excited about the way we showed up for camp. The buzz right now is that this was the best first day (of practice) we’ve had since we’ve been here,” Moffett said. “The kids were ready. They’ve been looking forward to it for a long time and I think they performed well.”

 

Numbers game

While attendance on the first day wasn’t what he thought it might be, the program has grown in each of Moffett’s three seasons with 107 players reporting in 2011, 118 reporting in 2012 and 130 reporting on Monday.

“It’s tough this time of year,” Moffett said. “Freshmen numbers are up, just right under 40. That’s more than we’ve had the last two years on the first day.”

He expects to pick up about 15 freshmen between now and the first day of classes Aug. 26.

“Next year will be the big year for trending up because if everything goes right and we have the success that we’re set up to have, then more kids will want to play football,” Moffett said.

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