FHS restarts football rivalry with Tivy
It’s a rivalry renewed.
Fredericksburg High School’s Week 2 faces a former rival in a road trip that’s not too far from home when the team travels to play the Kerrville Tivy Antlers at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at Antler Stadium.
The former Hill Country foes put the series on ice after the 2011 season, ending a seven-year absence from playing each other this week.
“We deliberately play people who are going to make us better,” FHS head coach Lance Moffett said. “A lot of people gave me a hard time about not playing them. I decided that we needed to play people who are better than us and why not drive 23 miles? If there’s somebody that close who’s going to make us better, that’s who we need to go play … I think it’s exciting. I think our community’s stoked up about it.”
Moffett’s first exposure to Billies football came when he watched the Billies’ 2010 tape against the Antlers, which had future Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel as its star.
“That was the first film I saw of Fredericksburg before I got the job,” Moffett said “He wasn’t a highly recruited guy coming out of college. Nobody knew who Johnny Manziel was at the time. I thought, ‘Wow, we can’t tackle.’
“It took me about a year and half to realize who Johnny Manziel was and that they couldn’t tackle him in the SEC either. It made me feel a little bit better about who we were as a team.”
Program numbers ultimately led Moffett to discontinue the series, at least until FHS had more players coming out for football.
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