Billies clinch playoffs with last second win over Navarro


SMOTHERING a Panther running back, Billie defensive players (identifiable from left) Wade Davis (52), Sebastian Ortega (30) and Brayden Beard (7) pile up to make a gang tackle Friday evening during Fredericksburg’s come-from-behind 31-29 victory at Geronimo Navarro. Gustavo Ortiz’s 37-yard field goal as time expired clinched the first FHS postseason appearance since 2007. The Billies can clinch a District 27-3A championship with a victory at Wimberley this Friday at 7:30 p.m. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

By Matt Ward —

 

Down by one point late in the fourth quarter, out of timeouts, without the ball and running out of hope, the Billies somehow pulled off the near impossible.

In one of the most unlikely scenarios befitting perhaps only a sports film, the Fredericksburg High School varsity football team rallied back to defeat Geronimo Navarro 31-29 on the road Friday to clinch their first playoff berth since 2007 and put themselves in position to win their first district title since 1998.

“God is good. That’s all I can say,” FHS head coach Lance Moffett said after the game. “God has been with us from the day Sam Herrera died and he took care of us tonight. These kids did a great job.”

Ultimately, the Billies’ fate came down to a four-play sequence at the end of regulation that would make or break their chances for a potential district championship.

 

Giving themselves a chance

Trailing 29-28 with under a minute left in regulation, the Billie defense stopped Panther running back Jay Leal for no gain on fourth and four to give the ball back to the FHS offense with 20 seconds left to play.

After forcing a Fredericksburg turnover with just under five minutes to play, Navarro held onto the ball for the next four minutes, draining much of the momentum and excitement from the Billie sideline until the FHS defense held their ground.

“Making two tackles out of bounds on their last offensive series was huge. If we don’t make those tackles, the game is over and we lose,” Moffett said.

The tackles out of bounds stopped the game clock without FHS calling timeout, extending the game long enough to help give quarterback Kyle Grona and the Billie offense a chance to change their season.

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