Ducks next on Billies’ slate
A No. 2 seed is still in the works for the Battlin’ Billies with two games to go in the season.
Fredericksburg High School varsity football’s loss to the Canyon Lake Hawks last Friday night all but knocked the team out of the District 14-4A DI title chase, but Boerne’s loss to the Taylor Ducks means second place is still up for grabs.
FHS has to beat Taylor in the team’s home final Friday, Nov. 3, at FHS Stadium, to have a chance to finish at 2-2 in the district standings.
Taylor’s the defending district champions and undefeated in the 14-4A DI standings.
“They’re good. They’re probably as underrated as they’ve ever been,” head coach Lance Moffett said. “I think they were expected to be down.”
A senior trio of offensive players — quarterback Ryan Gardner, running back Delane Hornsby and wide receiver Andre Jones — leads Taylor this season. The group is the catalyst for Taylor’s 97 points scored in two district games.
The Ducks offense is a spread-to-run attack, meaning they will line up in shotgun with two to four receivers on the field and try to run the ball.
“I like the matchup,” Moffett said. “We’ve played well against teams that run this type of offense. They try to throw it some, too, so I like our pass rush … (Taylor’s) doing some good stuff. They’re being creative.”
Taylor’s all-senior secondary also presents a problem for passing teams.
The quartet of Hornsby, Jones, cornerback Brock Wells and strong safety Paul Key picked off Boerne quarterback Brooks Klutts four times last week.
“Taylor’s secondary is as good as we’ve faced all year,” Moffett said. “They have four seniors that are really good. One of Taylor’s (three) fumble recoveries against Boerne was in the secondary.”
New slots for old faces
Junior Hobbs Price and sophomore Jarrett Beard took new spots in the offense last week after some personnel changes.
Price lined up at running back, slot receiver and quarterback, finishing the game with 61 yards of total offense and a touchdown pass in addition to his duties as the team’s free safety on defense.
Beard embraced his role as running back and slot receiver as well, and scored three touchdowns on seven touches against Canyon Lake.
The offense had a few days to get ready for the changes, so a full week could provide for a potent offense that still put 35 points on Canyon Lake last week.
“It’s going to help a lot (having a week to get them ready),” Moffett said. “We’re going to end up better because they’re on offense. You saw glimmers of that (Friday night).”