FHS football faces Austin Travis on Thursday night
Another week brings another athletic spread offense opponent for the Billies.
Fredericksburg High School varsity football faces Austin Travis, a Class 5A team, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday night at House Park in Austin.
The Billies have a chance to start their season with two consecutive wins for the first time since 2015 after winning their season opener against Lampasas, 27-13, on Friday night.
“You’re staring 2-0 in the face and hope you get a chance to do it,” FHS head football coach Lance Moffett said. “(Travis has) played us tough. We’ve been up by 40 at the half every year and they come roaring back.”
The Billies started the series with Travis in 2014 and have won every game, averaging 47.6 points in each game.
The Travis Rebels lost their first game of the season to the Seguin Matadors, 74-6.
Moffett expects Travis to have athletic talent similar to Lampasas.
“They like to run a lot of normal football stuff out of the shotgun spread with two backs. We’re used to that. They’ve done that every year we’ve played them.”
The defense runs a “50 front” that’s close to what Lampasas ran Friday night, with three down linemen and four linebackers spread across the field.
Travis junior linebacker David Rodriguez is a three-year starter for the Rebels and anchors the defense.
It’s all about timing
The Billies earned 339 yards of total offense, but 264 of those yards came on five plays.
Timing is the key to getting Fredericksburg’s offense on track in Week 2.
Moffett says FHS is going to emphasize the rhythm of the snap and backfield mesh between the quarterback and running back in this week’s game against Austin Travis.
“We’re trying to fix the stuff we didn’t do well last week,” Moffett said. “The timing on our back end on offense has to get better. We’ve got to work better in practice and we did today, working better at the timing of the snap.
“In this kind of style of offense, there are so many things that go into the perfect play. The center’s snap has to hit the quarterback in the hands.”
Moffett says the quarterback has to make sure the snap gets off at the right time and the running backs have to stay behind the offensive line long enough for the play to execute.
Strong up front
The defensive line will be a strength against Travis.
Seniors Jacob Wienecke, Trevor Kozielski and Cullen Yates combined for seven sacks and a fumble recovery against Lampasas.
The Billies’ defense played strong against Lampasas, but Moffett says they can work on their tackling some more, going on to say they were “anchor tackling” or not continuing to drive their feet for five yards like the coaches teach them to do.
“You fix that by seeing more speed and playing the game,” Moffett said. “We had some good tackles. You saw some of the sacks and stuff. It’s not like we’re bad tacklers. We ran through some tackles and missed some.”
Quarterback/free safety Hobbs Price contributed both ways in the season opener, running for two touchdowns and coming up with a big tackle to stop Lampasas in the FHS red zone during the first quarter.
Moffett says FHS might limit his duties on special teams to keep him fresh for both offense and defense.