FHS to face Gonzales in area round Friday

A HERD OF BILLIES, including (identifiable from left) Clayton Braden, Bryce Beard, Jake Mohr and Wyatt Brannan combine to gang tackle Somerset’s Donaldo Perez Friday during the Billies’ 38-27 bi-district win over Somerset. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

By Matt Ward —


Prognosticators had 81st-ranked Gonzales pegged as a heavy underdog against 14th-ranked Bellville on Friday, so it came as a shock to high school football coaches and fans across the state of Texas when the Apaches rallied from a 14-point deficit to defeat the Brahmas in the bi-district round Friday.

While the so-called “experts” might have missed on Gonzales, pundits like Texas Football Magazine have been dead wrong all season about the Fredericksburg High School varsity football team, who made the postseason for the first time in six years while winning 10 straight games and clinching the District 27-3A championship.

Both schools will be able to lay claim on a “no one believed in us” mentality on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. as the Billies and Apaches face off in an area round showdown at John Gupton Stadium in Cedar Park.

“Gonzales is a very physical team, well coached, much more disciplined than Somerset, but very similar to Somerset in regard to physicality on the running game,” Fredericksburg head coach Lance Moffett said Monday. “The part that’s scary to me is that they’re on a roll right now. They had a horrible loss to go into the playoffs, but they got it fixed when it mattered and they’re playing good football right now.”

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