Billies bounce Bulldogs
Stout defense and a little bit of luck went a long way in Fredericksburg High School’s latest district win.
The Billies fought through a scoreless second half to beat Burnet, 10-7, on Friday night at Bulldog Stadium.
“It was pretty ugly but it was a win,” FHS coach Lance Moffett said. “We’re 4-0 in district and we just won our sixth football game. I’m certainly not going to deny that or take that away (from anybody), but it certainly was and we have some things we need to clean up.”
Burnet had FHS off-balance most of the night by moving players around on defense and keeping the Billies guessing on almost every snap.
FHS struggled to move the ball against Burnet’s controlled chaos defense and gained a season-low 259 yards of offense.
“I thought they were going to do some things on defense that they were able to do,” Moffett said. “They moved around a lot and we couldn’t figure out where they were and had some miscues. We kept getting behind the chains on offense and had some mental mistakes that put us behind the chains.”
The Billies’ first score followed junior Rob Zuberbueler’s interception return to the Burnet 17-yard line early in the first.
Aaron Cordero-Rojas kicked a 30-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead.
FHS scored again halfway through the second, when an 80-yard drive set up Jarrett Beard for a one-yard dash into the endzone with 6:24 left during the first half.
Neither team produced much in terms of offense during a scoreless third quarter before Burnet knocked on the door with a drive starting at the team’s 38.
Burnet junior quarterback Matthew Tippie hit Bradyn McPherson for a 48-yard TD pass, but officials called it back because of a Burnet taunting penalty that placed the ball on the Billies’ 18.
The Bulldogs didn’t move the ball after that, and an FHS short-yardage stand on fourth-and-one ended the offense’s promising march.
Burnet made up for the mistake by scoring on a 38-yard pass from Tippie to Luke Kiser to make it 10-7 with 2:34 left in the game.
The Billies had a chance to milk the clock after Burnet’s offsides kick failed, but a fumble at FHS’ 45 gave the Bulldogs one last chance.
Burnet drove as far as the Billies’ 32, but senior defensive end Christian Avilez killed the drive’s momentum with a key sack on second and 10 that pushed the Bulldogs out of field goal range.
Burnet chunked up one more pass that FHS senior cornerback Jacob Lees intercepted to ice the game.
“We made a big stop right there at the end,” Moffett said. “That made the difference in the game. I’m really proud of the way the defense stepped up.”
Beard led FHS’ offense with 93 rushing yards and 37 receiving yards.
FHS senior QB Tucker Elliott ran for 66 yards.
The Billies’ defense held its ground, helping the team earn the district win.
FHS’ front pressured Tippie and the rest of Burnet’s offense at a high rate.
Avilez sacked the quarterback three times, and the front seven hurried Tippie seven times.
“Our offense fell behind and couldn’t get any momentum going,” Avilez said. “The defense is always on its toes and we have faith in each other that we’re going to pull through and win with all out effort, 100 percent of the time.”
Tippie threw for 246 yards to lead Burnet’s offense.
Senior Blake Burkhalter led Burnet’s receivers with nine catches for 66 yards.
FHS (6-3, 4-0) kept its undefeated District 14-4A DI mark intact heading into a regular season finale for the district championship against Lampasas (8-1, 4-0) on Friday, Nov. 8, at FHS Stadium.
“We’re 4-0 in district and have a chance to play for the district title at home,” Moffett said. “We’re certainly not going to dwell on this one, just like we’re not going to dwell on the big wins where we have a great night and play so well. We have to forget about what happened tonight and get ready to go back to work Monday.”
Burnet’s (5-4, 1-3) playoff hopes hang by a slim margin heading into the team’s game against the Taylor Ducks (0-9, 0-4).
Score By Quarters
FHS 3 7 0 0 – 10 Burnet 0 0 0 7 – 7
FHS-Aaron Cordero-Rojas 30-yard field goal, 7:11.
FHS-Jarrett Beard 1-yard run, 6:24.
Burnet-Luke Kiser 38-yard pass from Matthew Tippie (Matthew Tippie kick), 2:34.
Statistics FHS Burnet 215-46 Yards Rushing-Carries 76-16 44 Yards Passing 246 3-13 Passes Comp-Att. 24-44 0 Passes Intercepted 2 259 Total Offense 222 2-1 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 7-70 Penalty Yards 4-50 14 First Downs 14 26:01 Time of Possession 21:59
FHS-Jarrett Beard 20-93 TD, Tucker Elliott 14-66, Dylan Ahrens 7-33, Hunter Metzger 5-23.
Burnet-Marcus Escamilla 15-76, Jaxson Denton 1-0.
FHS-Tucker Elliott 3-13-44.
Burnet-Matthew Tippie 22-44-246-2 TD.
FHS-Jarrett Beard 2-37, Judson Beard 1-7.
Burnet-Blaine Burkhalter 9-66, Jaxson Denton 5-35, Bradyn McPherson 4-93, Luke Kiser 4-58 TD, Marcus Escamilla 2-18.