Billies bounce past Boerne
The Battlin’ Billies needed four quarters, two overtimes and strong offense to return to the win column.
Fredericksburg High School varsity football outlasted Boerne, 38-31, in double overtime to snap a threegame losing skid Friday at FHS Stadium.
“I couldn’t be more proud of a group of young and old men,” FHS head coach Lance Moffett said. “The coaches had them prepared. We battled the whole game, and that’s all you can ask. We had a chance to win at the end of the game … we just functioned well. We overcame some penalties, overcame some mistakes. We just kept believing.”
A re-energized Billies team struck hot out of the gates and put 14 unanswered points on the board before the Greyhounds scored their first.
FHS led by seven at halftime but two Boerne touchdown drives put the home team behind by a score during the fourth quarter.
Boerne took the ball at FHS’ 12-yard line after a botched punt and scored in one play, with Greyhounds quarterback Rashawn Galloway finding wideout Koby Hunter for a touchdown.
The Billies answered on the next drive, taking the ball 50 yards on six plays before FHS quarterback Tucker Elliott connected with wide receiver Josh Wienecke for a 25-yard TD strike.
Aaron Cordero-Rojas, who made five point-after kicks and a field goal during the second quarter, nailed the PAT to tie the game.
Both teams battled to a stalemate through the rest of regulation.
FHS punter Rob Zuberbueler had a 72-yard kick that pinned Boerne on its own 1-yard line for the start of the Greyhounds’ final regulation drive.
FHS had a chance to hit a gamewinning field goal but Boerne blocked the attempt, sending the game into overtime, tied at 31-31.
The Billies won the coin toss and deferred to the Greyhounds.
Boerne struggled to score and turned over the ball on downs to set up the Billies for a walk-off scoring chance.
FHS attempted another field goal for the win, this time from 40 yards, but the ball sailed just under the left crossbar.
The Billies’ offense returned to the field to start the second overtime and made it count.
Senior running back Dylan Ahrens punched the ball in from the 3-yard line to hand FHS a 38-31 lead.
Ahrens celebrated the moment because he knew the defense would come through at the end.
“Honestly, I was like, ‘Heck, yeah. This is awesome,’” Ahrens said. “I knew the defense was going to stop them. I was tired. I emptied my take. I’m so proud of everyone on the defense.”
Boerne drove the ball as close as the 6-yard line during the team’s second overtime try.
FHS cornerback Jacob Lees made a successful pass defense in the endzone on third-and-goal to leave Boerne with one more play.
Boerne went to the air again, but Billies safety Jarrett Beard came up with another stop to end the game.
The win marks FHS’ first against Boerne since 2013.
“I thought it was a well-earned win by the whole team,” Beard said. “On every side of the ball, everyone worked their butts off. It was a team win.”
Elliott threw for 256 yards and three touchdowns during FHS’ bounce-back performance.
The senior signal caller also rushed for FHS’ first touchdown of the night.
Beard rushed for 103 yards on 13 carriers, and his younger brother, Jud Beard, had a breakout performance with five catches for 131 yards and a TD.
Ahrens ended the game with 104 total offensive yards and two touchdowns.
FHS’ defense kept Boerne’s offense at bay for most of the night.
The Billies’ defensive front had six sacks and nine QB hurries.
“They played defense when they needed to,” Moffett said. “Right here, in overtime, they’re inside the 5-yard line and we stuffed them. We won the game with defense. I couldn’t be more proud of them, coach (Bill) Wilder and the whole defensive staff.”
Senior defensive end Christian Avilez finished the night with three sacks, three tackles for loss and a forced fumble. Galloway led Boerne’s offense with 211 passing yards, two TD throws and 51 rushing yards. Grant Rodkey, Brandon Seiffert and Matthew Kory each scored a touchdown for Boerne. The Billies (2-3) have an off week before starting District 14-4A DI play against the Liberty Hill Panthers (2-2) on Friday, Oct. 11, at Liberty Hill High School. “We’re going into district on a high note, which is what we wanted,” Moffett said. “We get an off week to get some wounds healed and start working on Liberty Hill and getting ready to go. They’re good. They’re just like the people we’ve been playing, so hopefully we’ve prepared ourselves to be able to play a team like that.” The Greyhounds (3-1) face San Antonio Antonian Prep on Friday at home.
Score By Quarters
Boerne 7 10 7 7 0 0 – 31
FHS 14 10 0 7 0 7 – 38
First quarter FHS-Tucker Elliott 3-yard run (Aaron Cordero-Rojas kick), 9:30. FHS-Dylan Ahrens 13-yard pass from Elliott (Cordero-Rojas kick), 2:23. Boerne-Matthew Kory 11-yard pass from Rashawn Galloway (Scott Hettie kick), 1:19. Second quarter Boerne-Brandon Seiffert 1-yard run (Hettie kick), 10:01. FHS-Cordero-Rojas 25-yard field goal, 7:00. FHS-Judson Beard 30-yard pass from Elliott (Cordero-Rojas kick), 5:47. Boerne-Hettie 24-yard field goal, 2:44. Third quarter Boerne-Grant Rodkey 4-yard run (Hettie kick), 1:32. Fourth quarter Boerne-Koby Hunter 18-yard pass from Galloway (Hettie kick), 7:31. FHS-Josh Wienecke 25-yard pass from Elliott (Cordero-Rojas kick), 5:38 Second overtime FHS-Ahrens 3-yard TD run (Cordero-Rojas kick).
Statistics Boerne FHS 35-95 Yards Rushing-Carries 227-56 211 Yards Passing 256 18-39 Passes Comp-Att. 16-39 0 Passes Intercepted 0 306 Total Offense 483 1-1 Fumbles-Lost 3-0 10-87 Penalty Yards 16-150
Rushes-Yards Boerne-Rashwan Galloway 17-51; Brandon Seiffert 12-28 TD; Grant Rodkey 6-16. FHS-Dylan Ahrens 14-48 TD; Tucker Elliott 14-13 TD; Jarrett Beard 13-103; Gavin French 10-46; Judson Beard 2-8; Rob Zuberbueler 1-8; Hunter Metzger 1-1; Javier Rodriguez 1-0. Passes-Yards- Interceptions Boerne-Galloway 18-38-211 2 TD; Matt Michalec 0-1-0. FHS-Elliott 16-38-256 3 TD; Ja. Beard 0-1-0. Pass Receiving-Yards Boerne-Michalec 8-52; Matthew Kory 3-58 TD; Colin Fisher 2-23; Jackson Harper 1-31; Ben Welch 1-29; Koby Hunter 1-11 TD; Seiffert 1-4; Rodkey 1-3. FHS-Ju. Beard 5-131 TD; Ahrens 5-56 TD; Ja. Beard 3-24; Josh Wienecke 2-29 TD; Trent Kozielski 1-16.