FHS faces Navarro in season's first scrimmage
The Battlin’ Billies finally get a taste of playing football against another team.
Fredericksburg High School starts the 2018 schedule with a preseason scrimmage against the Geronimo Navarro Panthers on Friday, Aug. 17, at FHS Stadium.
The Panthers, winners of 25 games in the last two seasons, give FHS a tough test right out of the gates.
“What a great program,” FHS head football coach Lance Moffett said. “They changed coaches, so that’s a little bit of a different dynamic, but he runs the same offense and defense. He comes from the same lineage of Slot-T football, so I don’t expect them to be any different.”
New head coach Rod Blount takes over the program after long-time coach Les Goad left for Buda Hays.
The Panthers’ particular brand of football means Friday night’s preseason action will be physical on both ends.
“It’s going to be a great challenge for us,”
Moffett said. “I think every week is going to be a great challenge for us.”
A pair of FHS freshmen have worked with the varsity through the first two weeks of practice.
Judson Beard and Zach Wubbolding are still on the varsity roster and head into the Navarro scrimmage with a chance to secure their spots.
Beard, who’s worked out as wide receiver, put on 17 pounds of muscle during the summer in an effort to make varsity this fall.
He impressed the coaching staff during 7-on-7 in the spring, so Moffett didn’t hesitate to start him out with upperclassmen.
“He was real small in the spring,” Moffett said. “We were thinking that he might be too small to play varsity for us (this season) … we want to see him play against other varsity players than just ours. It’s a simple philosophy. If he can play every snap, then he’s going to be on varsity. If he’s better than the kids in front of him who plays his position, we’re going to keep him on varsity.”
Wubbolding plays as a defensive tackle with the varsity.
Moffett says it’s a little bit harder for a freshman to play as an interior lineman.
“I can honestly say that I have never had a freshman interior lineman on the varsity,” Moffett said. “It would be a big stretch to see him play on varsity. Physically, he is there.”
Coaches will still continue to look at both players through the Navarro scrimmage and assess whether or not they can contribute right away.
If not, the pair stands out as the leaders of a freshmen team that Moffett and the staff are excited about this season.
“We’re pleased about both of those kids,” Moffett said. “We’re going to use them wisely, the best way I can say it.”