Billies football finds success in first scrimmage


One thing stands out about Battlin’ Billies football this year: they’re going to be physical.

Fredericksburg High School varsity football kicked off its preseason last Friday evening with a scrimmage against Geronimo Navarro, Dave Campbell Texas Football’s No. 14 team in Class 4A-DII.

The defense held the Panthers to a single touchdown score throughout the contest, making sure Navarro didn’t do what they do best and run the ball.

“I was very pleased with how well we performed, especially defensively,” Fredericksburg High School head football coach Lance Moffett said. “I thought we had an exorbitant amount of three-and-outs. In the scrimmage format, you’re playing a Slot-T and they normally go for it on fourth down … third down and four is what you want.

“That’s what defines them. You have to be able to get them off the field.”

The ability to stop that offense will make or break the Billies during district play.

District 14-4A DI’s early front-runners Liberty Hill and Canyon Lake both operate out of that offense, with an emphasis on controlling the ball and eating the clock with the run game.

The fact that FHS kept Navarro to several third-and-long yardage situations and limited the offense to a single touchdown is an encouraging sign for the season.

“What you want to see in that first scrimmage is what we saw,” Moffett said. “Our kids got after it. Our kids didn’t back down to the physicality of playing the Slot-T. We were extremely physical.”

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