Billies get off on right track with opening week win
FHS football began its season with a strong win over the Sam Houston High School Hurricanes, 35-26, on Thursday, Aug. 29, at Alamo Stadium in San Antonio.
The Billies received the game opening kick, beginning a long series of runs with short yard gains before do-it-all senior Jarrett Beard rushed for a 30-yard touchdown, putting the first points on the board.
On the Billies’ next drive, senior quarterback Tucker Elliot completed multiple passes to Gavin French to put FHS in scoring position, completing the series with a touchdown by Jud Beard to bring the score to 14-0 at the four minute mark of the first quarter.
The Hurricanes put themselves on the board during a wild play the next drive
Sam Houston quarterback Raymond Citizen scrambled to get out of trouble on a called run play to throw to a wide open receiver for a 60 yard touchdown.
Completing the series with a two point conversion, the Hurricanes completed the first quarter trailing the Billies, 14-8.
Beginning the second quarter, Elliot scrambled for a rushing touchdown, reaching over the endzone line for the third Billie touchdown of the game.
“We answered when we needed to answer,’ head coach Lance Moffett said. “At first, the defense played well and got us the ball back. We went and scored, and it looked like we might have a chance to get after them, so we make a few mistakes and back up. In any football game, bad things are going to happen, and you have to respond.”
The Hurricanes answered by a touchdown from their own quarterback after multiple drives for the enzone.
Dylan Ahrens rushed FHS for multiple yards as the Sam Houston defense kept the Billies out of scoring position. Elliot moved the ball around the field to claim multiple long yard gains before the close of the first half.
Calling a time out minutes before halftime, FHS was looking to make a big play to answer the third Hurricane touchdown, ending the first half ahead by one touchdown, 28-20.
“When we scored right before half, that was a big moment, putting us in position to come out of halftime with a more structural containment,” Elliot said.
“Coming out after they scored to start the second half, taking it down and answering was the biggest thing that we needed to do” Moffett said. “It was back and forth after the second half, and we couldn’t contain them, but to be able to answer as the clock goes out right before halftime were big moments that defined the game.” Sam Houston came out of halftime with a touchdown to open the second half.
FHS fumbled the ball, but recovered with Beard rushing for 40 yards to give the Billies a scoring opportunity. Beard scored his final touchdown of the night to go up by two possessions, leaving the Hurricanes trailing 35-26.
“One of the things we have been talking about is that Murphy’s Law is going to happen, and what you have to learn is to embrace Murphy,” Moffett said. “We have to understand that when that happens, we have to learn how to rise up.”
FHS presented a slow beginning to the fourth quarter, but Davis Reeh changed the momentum with a sack late in the quarter.
“Our tackling and offense made some mistakes, but our main goal was to finish this game with a win and succeed,” Beard said.
The Billies held Sam Houston in the final quarter, not allowing the Hurricanes to hold the ball for long. The non-scoring quarter allowed the Billies to claim the win, 35-26, to begin the 2019 season.
“It is just a start, we enjoy a win on the road, and we are excited about the fact that we are 1-0,” Moffett said. “We’ve got Tivy coming to town next week, so we are not going to dwell on this for very long because we have a very good football team coming to town. We just beat a good team, but we have to prepare for a better team. That’s the way this thing works, win or lose you have to forget about it and get better.”
Jarrett Beard caught six passes for 149 yards and two TDs, ran for 43 yards and another score and also picked off a pass on defense.
Elliott completed 18-of-26 passes for 278 yards and two TDs. He also ran for a TD.