Billies sack Owls on road
The Battlin’ Billies wrapped up their non-district slate with another high-scoring win.
Fredericksburg High School varsity football fought off a slow first half to beat the Hondo Owls, 56-13, on Friday at Barry Field in Hondo.
The Billies trailed by a touchdown less than two minutes into the game and led by eight points with 20 seconds to go in the second half, but a quick drive gave them seven more and another touchdown on the second half’s first drive put Hondo in a deep hole.
“I’m very proud of the way we bounced back,” FHS head coach Lance Moffett said. “We started out a little sluggish and I had to get after them at halftime. The big turnaround was the drive right at the end of the first half. We just took the ball down the field, scored and said ‘Never mind, forget about that.’”
Moffett’s offense made the most out of the 20 seconds left in the second quarter, with senior quarterback Will Flannery hitting senior wide receiver Sean Majors twice on the three-play drive, once for 39 yards and the other for an 18-yard TD that Majors caught while smothered by Hondo cornerback Vincent Moreno.
“Sean is just a freak athlete,” Moffett said. “He’s just as good as any wide receiver. He can go up and get the ball. That’s what he did.”
FHS (5-1) opened the second half with the ball and turned three plays into another seven points, with Flannery finding junior wide receiver Josh Handley for the signal caller’s third TD pass of the game.
The Billies scored on their next three offensive trips and kept Hondo (1-5) from scoring for the half.
FHS’ defense clamped down on the Owls during the second half and only allowed their offense to break the midfield mark once in the second half.
“We made a lot of adjustments in the second half,” junior outside linebacker Dax Dietrich said. “We came out kind of flat the first three drives. We just had to pick up the intensity. That’s the main thing.”
The FHS passing game had its best night of the season. Flannery threw for 257 yards and four touchdowns passes while also running for two more scores, and Majors had six receptions for 144 yards and two TDs to lead FHS’ offense.
“We were just clicking today,” Majors said. “The offensive line was blocking great and we were running good routes. It made me want to have my teammates’ backs.”
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