Billies to host Lago Vista Thursday
By Matt Ward
Battlin’ Billie fans will get their first glimpse of the Fredericksburg High School varsity football team in action tomorrow evening as FHS hosts Lago Vista for a scrimmage at 5:30 p.m. at the newly renovated FHS Stadium.
Junior varsity and freshman teams will face off at 4 p.m.
Admission is set at $5 per family with all proceeds to benefit the Texas High School Coaches Education Foundation’s benevolence fund.
The Billies will look to get the upper hand on Lago Vista after a 2-1 “loss” in their first scrimmage at Medina Valley Thursday.
“It was a typical first scrimmage, but I think we’re ahead of where we were last year,” head coach Lance Moffett said. “We couldn’t move the ball at all last year. We had an inexperienced offensive line, they were doing a lot of things up front and we couldn’t block them.”
Though FHS gave the ball away twice on a pair of interceptions and allowed two long, fade passes for touchdowns, Moffett has no concerns moving forward.
“The most important thing is that everything we saw on film is correctable. There was nothing that was glaring,” he said.
Fredericksburg’s sub-varsity teams fared better against the Panthers with the JV edging Medina Valley 2-1 and the freshmen running away with a 6-1 victory.
“I’m extremely pleased with the scrimmage on the sub-varsity level,” Moffett said. “One of the coolest things about our sub-varsity is to see the conjunction of Fredericksburg Middle School and St. Mary’s. Our expectations for the freshmen this year are very high.”
Approximately 50 ninth graders make up this year’s freshman team, while the junior varsity boasts a large 40-45 man roster.
“That’s a good number because the preponderance of those guys are sophomores,” Moffett said. “That means there’s 30-plus sophomores that have stuck with us since last year.”
With a 45-man varsity roster, the Billies have between 135-140 players in the football program “depending on which coach you ask.”
“Once you get to a point where you have the numbers, then everything starts to get better because the competition is a little bit better and there’s someone behind you coming,” Moffett said.
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