Battlin' Billies named best Texas high school mascot

By Matt Ward —

Battlin’ Billies reigned supreme after Fredericksburg High School dominated the vote in the “Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine” Mascot Madness Tournament, besting 31 other schools to be named the best mascot in Texas high school football.

“What a great honor for our community, school district and program,” FHS athletic director and head football coach Lance Moffett said. “But what a challenge for our kids and coaches to live up to in order to honor the pride, tradition and heritage of such a great community and those who established it long before we were part of it.”

Fredericksburg outlasted the Winters Blizzards, the Mason Punchers and the Hamlin Pied Pipers in a Final Four vote last week to secure the title.

“Maybe it’s the adjective — they’re not just billy goats, but they’re ferocious ones,” a Texas Football Magazine writer said of the Billies’ win. “Maybe it’s the originality — they’re the only Battlin’ Billies in the nation. Or maybe it’s just because people love billy goats.”

Over 150,000 votes were recorded throughout the tournament, which began on May 6.

Fredericksburg bested the Progreso Red Ants 64 percent to 36 percent in the first round of voting, then toppled the Rotan Yellowhammers 68 percent to 32 percent in the second round and dominated the Hutto Hippos 84 percent to 16 percent in the third round to advance to the finals.

“As for the football program, it just intensifies the unfinished business ahead of us as we move into the home stretch to the 2014 campaign in which we intend to live the dream,” Moffett said. “Thank you again and in advance for the support that will be so vital as we continue to move forward and prove we are worthy, in all we do, of the title of being the best in the state.”

All 32 teams involved in the Mascot Madness Tournament include Amarillo Golden Sandstorm, Cameron Yoe Yoemen, Coleman Bluecats, Corpus Christi John Paul II Centurions, Cuero Gobblers and the El Paso Del Valle Conquistadors.

Also the Fredericksburg Battlin’ Billies, Freeport Brazosport Exporters, Frost Polar Bears, Garland Christian Swordsmen, Grandview Zebras, Hamlin Pied Pipers, Harlingen Military Academy Leathernecks, Houston Sharpstown Apollos, Hutto Hippos, Itasca Wampus Cats, Little River Academy Bumblebees, Mason Punchers, Mesquite Skeeters, New Braunfels Unicorns and Port Isabel Tarpons.

Also, the Port Lavaca Calhoun Sand Crabs, Progreso Red Ants, Robstown Cotton Pickers, Rocksprings Angoras, Roscoe Plowboys, Rotan Yellowhammers, San Antonio Central Catholic Buttons, Spearman Lynx, Texas City Stingarees, Trent Gorillas and Winters Blizzards.

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