Football to face Somerset Friday in playoffs

By Matt Ward —

 

When two teams that appear evenly matched on paper face off on the field, winning often comes down to who can impose their will upon their opponent to secure a victory.

As the 28th-ranked Fredericksburg High School varsity football team prepares to begin its first playoff game since 2007, key to a victory over 80th-ranked Somerset Friday night in the bi-district round at Frank Mata Memorial Stadium in San Antonio will be taking “Fredericksburg football” to the Bulldogs.

Kickoff in the game is slated for 7:30 p.m.

“The thing we’ve got to do is to stay on task and stay on mission and purpose and not get caught up in the hype of the playoffs and the mystique that they might bring to it,” Fredericksburg head coach Lance Moffett said Monday.

“We’re all about the team and we’re going to display that Friday night,” he added. “They may beat us because they have more talent than us, but they’re not going to beat us because they have a better team than us. We are going to be the better team.”

 

Rich in tradition

Somerset has a program rich in tradition and success, built on the shoulders of head coach Sonny Detmer, a high school coaching legend, whose son, Koy Detmer, was an 11-year NFL veteran quarterback and now serves as his dad’s offensive coordinator.

A third generation in the Detmer family, Koy Detmer Jr., is the Bulldog quarterback and is on the recruiting radar at Brigham Young University, where his uncle, Ty, was a Heisman Trophy winner.

“That just oozes tradition and pride,” Moffett said. “At the end of the day, it’s a football game and they are clearly a great football team, but I sure like our matchup with them.”

The Bulldogs operate primarily out of an I-formation, pro-style offense, which Moffett said is “what you would expect when a (former) NFL quarterback is the offensive coordinator.”

“They have a huge offensive line and the running back is huge as well,” he added. “We’re going to have our work cut out for us, but I like our chances. We’ve played great defense all year and nobody has been able to run the ball on us save Canyon Lake. They had three explosive plays and if you take away those plays, they had just over 200 yards of total offense.”

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