Billies to open Friday on the road
The Fredericksburg High School Battlin’ Billies varsity football team fought hard against Lago Vista on Thursday, Aug. 18, during their last scrimmage before the regular season begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Lampasas.
“I think we did real well,” Head Coach Lance Moffett said. “I’m very pleased with our performance, if you were keeping score: we won 5-2.”
The boys fought hard on all areas of the ball, Moffett said, and improved from the previous week’s performance.
“Our guys responded and competed well. We did a stellar job, I was impressed,” Moffett said. “We moved the ball, shut them down on defense and did lots of good things. We didn’t have the turnovers we had before but we didn’t commit any either.”
The depth of the varsity team was seen throughout the scrimmage, Moffett said.
“We moved the ball well and both quarterbacks executed the offensive well, again,” Moffett said. “They spread time almost completely equal. They both did good things and some bad things.”
Starting running back Neil Loth sat out the game due to a minor pulled muscle, but Moffett said they used their arsenal of running backs, which included Willie Sebera, Tristan Sanchez, Dax Dietrich, Josh Handley and Caleb Wilkins.
“We held out Neil due to a slight injury to make sure he’s rested up and ready for Friday’s game,” Moffett said.
Adding to the team’s depth were a lot of the younger players, who stepped up and played well during the scrimmage, Moffett said.
“The most important thing we did is progress from week one to week two,” Moffett added. “We had a lot of young guys stepping up. I feel real good of where we are and who we are.”
Some of the things that didn’t go so well during the scrimmage were the penalties the Billies received after whistles blew.
“We got caught up in some after-play stuff that I wasn’t happy about which included a couple of personal foul penalties,” Moffett said. “They’re a well-coached team and they get after it, and there were some ‘extra-curricular activities’ that shouldn’t have been going on.”
Moffett said after the game, he and the other coaches spoke with the boys about how to properly react in heated game-time situations.
In addition to fouls, the FHS defense gave up a few big plays.
“We shut them down, but we gave up a few explosive plays,” Moffett said. “You may have shut them down the whole scrimmage, but they get one big play and they’re able to get in the red zone and punch one in: you’ll be upset about it.”
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