FHS knocked out of title fight
The Battlin’ Billies kept it close, but a second-half surge by Canyon Lake left the team with another district loss.
Fredericksburg High School dropped its District 14-4A DI road game against the Canyon Lake Hawks, 53-35, on Friday at Canyon Lake, leading to its second straight district loss.
“They played their tails off,” FHS head coach Lance Moffett said of his team. “I’m proud of them, but those are the district champions right there. They proved it by beating Boerne. You have to match them punch for punch. We did for most of the first half. We just made too many mistakes.”
The Billies led by eight points halfway through the second quarter before allowing the Hawks to score 15 unanswered points to retake the lead.
FHS (5-3, 0-2) opened the second half on offense, but the drive ended with a fumbled punt snap rolling in the end zone for a safety to give Canyon Lake a 31-22 lead.
The Hawks’ offense went three-and-out on the following possession, which allowed the Billies to score on a 10-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Hobbs Price to sophomore wide receiver Jarrett Beard to cut the deficit to two points.
But Canyon Lake’s potent ground game charged ahead on its next possession. Junior fullback Jacob Ruff broke through FHS’ defense for a 50-yard touchdown, putting the Billies back by nine points.
Price hit Beard with a 35-yard pass on the next drive to set up another possible score, but an interception by safety Trenton Lorett killed FHS’ momentum and a five minute, 10-play drive ended with a 2-yard TD by junior halfback Tristan Chacon and extended Canyon Lake’s lead to 46-29 in the fourth quarter.
The loss leaves FHS on the outside looking in to the 14-4A DI title race.
Canyon Lake has a firm lead after wins against FHS and Boerne in back-to-back weeks, and faces Taylor in the final week of the season.
“Fredericksburg’s much better. They’re a very good ball club,” Canyon Lake head coach Charley Drum said. “But it was a team effort. We had guys step up, guys go down. Jacob Foster (the district’s reigning MVP) tried to go. We had somebody step up for him. That’s the big difference with this team here, which is refreshing.”
Taylor’s 42-21 win against Boerne on Friday elevates them to co-front runners before facing FHS at 7:30 p.m. this Friday at FHS Stadium.
“Our goal was to get back in the district hunt,” Moffett said. “I told them (at halftime) that the district title is out there if we go finish the game, we’re district champs. We just came up short and made too many mistakes.”
Strong start to game
The Billies’ offense had a solid game despite using two players in new roles Friday night.
Price and Beard took offensive snaps at running back and wide receiver, giving FHS a newer look on offense.
FHS stalled on its first possession but scored on its next three in the first half.
Senior quarterback Will Flannery connected with senior wide receiver Sean Majors for the eighth time this season, with this pass going for a 29-yard score to tie the game at 7 with 6:59 left in the first quarter.
The defense forced Canyon Lake to punt on the following drive. The punt went out at FHS’ 49-yard line, giving the Billies good starting field position.
Flannery hit Beard for a 35-yard completion to start the drive and put FHS in Hawks territory.
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