By Christine Granados —
If Fredericksburg High School fans were the barometer for success on the gridiron, the Battlin’ Billies would be state champions every year.
Season tickets along the 50-yard line (Section D) are difficult to come by, because of boosters like J.T. Maner.
“You can’t buy any until someone gives up some,” he said. “No one ever gives up any.”
Which is why, Maner, who played tackle for the Hillbillies in the ’40s, has had his season tickets since 1964 when FHS Stadium was built.
“We picked our seats before the stadium was finished,” Maner, 85, said. “I went out there and looked at the plans and what they were building and I liked what I saw. When they went on sale, I bought four seats under the press box.”
Every year since, he has renewed his tickets to guarantee the same seats.