Billies turn game around for 18-15 win over Sam Houston High
The Battlin’ Billies put on a show for their season opener.
Fredericksburg High School overcame a 15-point deficit at halftime to win their football season opener against San Antonio Sam Houston, 18-15, on Friday night at FHS Stadium.
Senior quarterback Brant Bowers and junior Jarrett Beard scored rushing touchdowns, senior Alex Silva made a 22-yard field goal, and the defense recorded a safety to give FHS all 18 of its points in the second half.
Down 15-3 in the third quarter, senior outside linebacker Dax Dietrich sacked Sam Houston quarterback Austin Ashworth for a 13-yard loss on fourth down to give FHS the ball at the Billies’ 28. That marked a turning point.
Beard threw a 56-yard pass to senior wide receiver Joshua Handley to move FHS to the Hurricanes’ 16.
The junior do-it-all athlete took the ball on a jet sweep and punched it in for the score, with the failed PAT leaving the score at 15-9 with less than four minutes left in the third quarter.
Sam Houston mishandled Silva’s subsequent kickoff and started its next drive from the Hurricanes’ 3-yard line.
Junior safety Tucker Elliott made back-to-back stops on second and third down to force the Hurricanes to punt, which only went 19 yards and put FHS in plus territory to start the next drive.
A holding call on second-and-10 kept FHS from getting anything going on the drive, but Bowers nailed a punt inside Sam Houston’s 1-yard line to flip the field in FHS’ favor.
FHS forced Sam Houston to a three-and-out, and Dietrich brought down the Hurricanes punter in the end zone for a safety that cut the lead to four points and gave FHS the ball.
Beard made another huge play on the ensuing kickoff by taking the return to Sam Houston’s 3-yard line.
Three plays later, Bowers snuck in for a 1-yard score, and Silva made the PAT to give FHS the go-ahead score.
Next up is for the Billies is old rival Kerrville Tivy at 7:30 p.m. next Friday at Antler Stadium in Kerrville.