Billies defeat Bandera for ninth straight win

By Matt Ward —


Trick plays, unusual formations, new stunt packages, dual quarterbacks on the same play — Bandera head coach David Sine threw everything but the kitchen sink at good friend Lance Moffett and the Battlin’ Billies Friday night.

The Fredericksburg High School varsity football team used a more familiar weapon against the Bulldogs as junior quarterback Kyle Grona connected with junior wide receiver Brayden Beard for three touchdown passes during the Billies’ 28-10 home victory over Bandera.

“(Coach Sine) threw it all at us and we expected it,” Moffett said after the game. “We knew they were good and we didn’t do a good job of adjusting to it early. He’s a smart coach and his plan was to keep our offense off the field.”

Fredericksburg’s victory clinched an undefeated loop record for the Billies, who celebrated their first district championship since 1998 after the game.

“Football is a sport where you have to keep earning respect all the time,” Moffett said. “We wanted to establish ourselves as a team. If we don’t go 5-0 (in district), then people question it. This was an exclamation point to leave no doubt that we are the district champions.”


Fast start

Playing with a short field after returning the opening kickoff to their own 43, FHS struck quickly, scoring on a 17-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Grona to Brayden Beard with 8:23 left in the first quarter.

Fredericksburg’s second score came soon after as the Billie defense forced a three-and-out to set up a 44-yard touchdown run by Paco Martinez, giving FHS a 14-0 lead with 5:14 left in the first quarter.

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