Billies travel to Canyon Lake for district football opener

By Matt Ward —


It doesn’t matter to Fredericksburg High School varsity football head coach Lance Moffett that his opponent, Canyon Lake, is 0-5 heading into the District 27-3A opener for both schools Friday.

Being 1-4 concerns him much more.

In each of his first two seasons leading the Battlin’ Billies, FHS has gone 1-4 in district play, defeating Bandera twice while losing to every other loop opponent both times.

Fredericksburg, who travels to Canyon Lake for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff, also sports a 1-4 all-time record against the Hawks with their lone win coming in Canyon Lake’s first varsity season in 2008.

“It’s our challenge to know that they kind of own us and if we are better than them, let’s go prove it,” Moffett said Monday. “They’re an ominous opponent and they scare me a little bit because they’re hungry.”

The Hawks opened the season with a 13-6 loss to Blanco, followed by losses to Somerset 47-35, La Vernia 34-14, Burnet 34-7 and La Grange 48-28.

“They’re the best 0-5 team I’ve seen,” Moffett said. “I feel bad for them I guess because they’re 0-5, but they’re 0-5 against good teams. I would argue that they played the toughest non-district schedule in our district.”

A spread-based offense for the past five seasons, Canyon Lake has transitioned to the run-first Wing-T offense this season, which bodes well for Fredericksburg, Moffett said.

“The bad news for them is that since we got beat by Brady so bad two years ago,” he said, “that we’ve spent the last two years stopping the Wing-T and done pretty good.”

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