Off balance

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Billies lose district opener 21-6 to Burnet

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  • Sophomore defensive back Matthew Smith (15) sprints away from Burnet defenders after a blocked field goal attempt, with blocking by teammates Gavin French (11) and Rob Zuberbueler (12). Smith ran the ball all the way to the end zone, but the score was called back on a holding penalty. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke
    Sophomore defensive back Matthew Smith (15) sprints away from Burnet defenders after a blocked field goal attempt, with blocking by teammates Gavin French (11) and Rob Zuberbueler (12). Smith ran the ball all the way to the end zone, but the score was called back on a holding penalty. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke
  • Sophomore defensive back Matthew Smith (15) sprints away from Burnet defenders after a blocked field goal attempt, with blocking by teammates Gavin French (11) and Rob Zuberbueler (12). Smith ran the ball all the way to the end zone, but the score was called back on a holding penalty. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke
    Sophomore defensive back Matthew Smith (15) sprints away from Burnet defenders after a blocked field goal attempt, with blocking by teammates Gavin French (11) and Rob Zuberbueler (12). Smith ran the ball all the way to the end zone, but the score was called back on a holding penalty. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke
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In a historic season of ups and downs on and off the football field, the Fredericksburg High School football team expected to keep rolling after a big win over Boerne and week of rest. But the Burnet Bulldogs’ troubling defense and trick plays kept the Billies’ offensive and defensive teams off balance.

It wasn’t just the offense and defense that was out of sync but the coaches, too, according to Head Coach Lance Moffett.

“In this case, the compilation of all of our mistakes resulted in a loss. We all have to own the fact that we could have done this better. We all could have done better,” he said. “Everyone had a stake in losing that game, therefore let’s not blame anyone.”

Perhaps the best explanation of what happened to the Billies’ football team in their District 13-4A 21-6 loss to Burnet came a mere 40 seconds into the game, when senior running back Gavin French and junior quarterback Cole Immel got their signals crossed on a quarterback keeper that resulted in a fumble on the third play of the game.

“We didn’t do a good job of communicating across the offensive line, and the coaches didn’t do a good job of communicating from the box to those coaches on the sidelines to the kids on the sidelines,” he said. “We just didn’t do a good job of getting things fixed.”

 

Good plays

The Billies had some good moments throughout the 48 minutes of play. Early in the second quarter, the FHS defensive line stopped a Burnet scoring drive on third and goal and forced the Bulldogs to go for three points.

French batted the field goal down and Matthew Smith scooped it up and returned it for a 73-yard touchdown that was called back after a holding penalty on Fredericksburg.

“We had some boneheaded things happen that disallowed us from being able to ever get any momentum going on offense,” said Moffett, referring to seven penalties that cost the team 65 yards and points on the board.

Five plays later, Landon Christian picked off an Immel pass intended for Judson Beard, stopping the four-play, 23-yard offensive drive by the Billies. Then Fredericksburg’s defense allowed Burnet’s offense just one yard and the Bulldogs turned the ball over on downs. This led to Immel’s 16-yard touchdown run up the middle of the field.

“Our defense shut them down in the second quarter and midway through the third quarter,” Moffett said.

With the momentum on their side, the Billies headed into halftime with a 6-0 lead, behind a defense that looked unstoppable after allowing the Bulldogs only 21 yards in the second quarter.

The third quarter was shaping up to be the same as the second, with the Billies’ defense holding Burnet to one yard in the first drive of the game, two yards in the second drive and 12 yards on third.

 

Game shift

Burnet Coach Jerod Rye threw a wrench in the works seven minutes into the third quarter on third down with five yards to go on the Burnet 35-yard line, when he called a timeout.

Coming out of the timeout, the Bulldogs ran a quick snap trick play that caught the Billies’ defense off balance and gave the Bulldogs a first down, which led to a scoring drive.

“We had a huge coaching error on my part, when they lined up in a trick formation coming out of a timeout, and I didn’t call timeout,” Moffett said. “I should have just called timeout. I didn't and they got a big first down. In a matter of five plays, they stole all the momentum in the game.”

Senior quarterback Jaxson Denton connected with sophomore wide receiver Devonte Miller in the end zone to score for the Bulldogs. Denton connected with Miller two more times in the fourth quarter on 24- and 19-yard passes and Jose Flores landed all three extra-point kicks to make the score 21-6.

With three minutes lefts in the game, it was all a matter of running down the clock after the final score of the game.

“They schemed us really well,” Moffett said. “We didn’t adjust, I mean, that’s what it boils down to. We didn’t communicate well. We’ve got to fix those things as coaches. We’ve got to fix them as players and we’ve got to fix them as a team, and that’s my job. So here we go.”

 

Billie Notes: FHS coaches named varsity players of the week – James Sebera on defense and Gary Seidenberger on special teams. Sam Seidenberger and Jesse Lejia were named junior varsity players of the week and Jordan Nixon and Brett Bowers received the freshman honors.

COVID-19 Report: An FHS football staff member was exposed to COVID-19 and is quarantining as per state and federal recommendations. All freshmen, who were quarantined, after being exposed at school are back after the Fredericksburg Independent School District School Board’s special meeting that relaxed the rules related to quarantine guidelines. One junior varsity member has continued to quarantine, after exposure to COVID-19. The team is also battling allergies, cold and flu symptoms.

 

Score By Quarters

BHS             0    0    7   14    –   21

FHS             0    6    0    0    –    6

 

Statistics

FHS                                      BHS

30-87 Yards Rushing-Carries 39-181

92         Yards Passing            172

6-16    Passes Att-Comp.      12-23

1        Passes Intercepted           0

179         Total Offense           352

1-1          Fumbles-Lost              1-1

5-25.8  Punts-Average      2-30.5

7-65      Penalty Yards          4-40

 

Scoring plays

Second quarter

FHS-Immel 16-yard run, (Noriega kick blocked), 5:58.

 

Third quarter

BHS-Miller 25-yard pass from Denton, (Flores kick), 5:03.

 

Fourth quarter

BHS-Miller 24-yard pass from Denton, (Flores kick), 11:02.

BHS-Miller 19-yard pass from Denton, (Flores kick), 3:15.

 

Rushes-Yards

FHS-Immel 13-29, TD; French 11-38; Beard 4-11; Zuberbueler 1-0; Hardman 1-(-1).

BHS-Escamilla 19-67; Denton 14-58; Ethan Wolfe 3-33; Miller 1-18; Grishma Pun 2-5.

Passes-Yards-TD-Interceptions

FHS-Immel 6-16-92, 1 int.

BHS-Denton 12-23-172, 3 TDs.

 

Pass Receiving-Yards

FHS-Smith 2-25; Beard 1-27; Hardman 1-21; Dennis 1-11.

BHS-Miller 6-140 3 TDS; Braeden Howel 1-14; Mason Thornley 1-8; Escamilla 3-5; Joseph Fitzsimmons 1-5.

Tackles

FHS-Logan Metzger 8 tackles, 6 assists; Gary Seidenberger 8-6; Zuberbueler 7-2; Beard 4-2; James Sebera 4-2, 1 fumble recovery; French 2-3; Matthew Smith 1-3; Zachary Wubbolding 2-1; Caleb Olfers 2; Youri Estrada 1-1; Mason Reeh 1; Angel Nero 0-3; Noah Borda 0-2; Gerry Balderas 0-1.

Season Stats (Top 5)

Rushes-Yards

FHS-Immel 79-464, 7TDS; French 30-303, 5TDS; Beard 36-392, 3 TDS; Austin Simpson 13-90, 2TDS; Javier Rodriguez 10-47, TD.

Passes-Yards-TD-Interceptions

FHS-Immel 58-136-1,111, 10 TDs, 5 Int.

Pass Receiving-Yards

FHS–Beard 17-367, 3 TDS; Kade Jenschke 11-285, 3 TDS; Smith 16-204, TD; Tripp Dennis 6-107, 2TDS; Zuberbueler 2-50, TD.

Tackles

FHS-Metzger 28-27-65; Seidenberger 32-19-51; Zuberbueler 16-13-29; Sebera 18-8-26; Beard 15-8-23.