Friday night title fight

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Billies, Lampasas play for 14-4A DI bragging rights

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Championship Week is here.

The dust has settled on the rest of the District 14-4A DI race and two contenders remain: Fredericksburg High School and Lampasas.

The Billies and Badgers battle for the 14-4A DI football crown at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at FHS Stadium.

“It feels great. I couldn’t be more proud of the kids and happy for the coaches, kids, leadership, parents, community,” head coach Lance Moffett said. “It’s a great honor to be in this position, but it’s a testament to a whole lot of hard work that was put into getting ourselves in a position to do this.”

FHS overcame a threegame losing streak during non-district play to win five in a row, including the first four games of district play.

Now the Billies host Lampasas in a district title bout determining the lone 14-4A DI champion.

“It took a lot of deliberate action, a lot of belief in each other, a lot of hard work and hard decisions,” Moffett said. “Kids sacrificed their time and personal lives to put forward the time we needed to get it done. I think coaches are the same way. I think our coaches are very deliberate in the way we’ve coached, looking at the way we’ve presented information to kids in practice, looking at the way we did practice.”

Moffett says the Billies have to make the most of the opportunity for it to mean anything toward FHS’ season.

“We really need to win Friday night,” he said. “We need to win the district title. Certainly if we don’t, we need to win a bi-district title and make a run in the playoffs. We need to be playing through Thanksgiving. We need to be playing when the band can wear a Santa Claus hat.”

Last year’s FHS-Lampasas game came down to the wire.

FHS started in a 21-point hole but climbed its way back into the game only to lose by inches in a 49-47 decision.

The loss left FHS out of the postseason while Lampasas finished as 14-4A DI’s No. 2 team.

Lampasas junior quarterback Ace Whitehead shines as a third-year starter. He’s thrown for 2,308 passing yards and 29 TDs through nine weeks.

Junior running back Jack Jerome has 896 rushing yards and 10 TDs.

Senior wide receiver and Air Force commit Cameron Everts leads the Badgers with 825 receiving yards.

Lampasas’ offensive line carries a lot of size and strength into the matchup.

The Badgers’ defense averages 12 points allowed per district game, the same mark as FHS.

Moffett thinks FHS’ talent matches up with Lampasas.

“This is the most talented team we’ve had,” Moffett said. “Both Beard kids (Jarrett and Jud) are exceptionally talented. (Quarterback) Tucker Elliott’s the best quarterback we’ve had since I’ve been here because of his demeanor. Christian Avilez is the best defensive lineman we’ve had.”

Moffett also pointed out other strong players like defensive tackles Brant Sasko, Zachary Wubbolding and Davis Reeh; linebackers Hunter Metzger and Luke Duderstadt; the offensive line of Zach Gallagher, Landon West, Austin Shepherd, Travis Cates and Kolby Wright; running backs Metzger and Dylan Ahrens; and wide receivers Trent Kozielski and Joshua Wienecke.

Billies notes

Game info: Lampasas Badgers at Fredericksburg High School, 7:30 p.m. Friday at FHS Stadium.

Series history: FHS and Lampasas played every year since 2012. The Billies lead the recent series 5-2, including 2018’s 49-42 loss in Lampasas.

Lampasas at a glance: The Badgers rank No. 7 in Texas Football’s Class 4A-DI poll this week. Lampasas steamrolled the rest of the district, outscoring Burnet, Canyon Lake, Liberty Hill and Taylor by 209-58.

Lampasas players to watch: Senior wide receiver Cameron Everts is a three-year starter and committed to play football for Air Force … junior quarterback Ace Whitehead and junior guard John Long both have DI futures ahead of them.

Playoff scenarios for district: The jumble for 14-4A DI’s other two spots will come to a conclusion Friday night. Canyon Lake needs a win and the Hawks are in the playoffs. The Hawks just need to beat Liberty Hill. A Panthers’ win by five or more puts both teams into the playoffs. Burnet needs to beat Taylor and hope Canyon Lake beat Liberty Hill to squeak into the postseason for the first time since 2 016.

Offensive player of the week: Senior guard Landon West opened holes for the Billies’ run game. FHS rushed for 215 yards and 4.7 yards per carry.

Defensive player of the week: Senior Luke Duderstadt recorded seven tackles, including two tackles for loss and earned credit for two quarterback hurries against Burnet.

Special teams player of the week: Junior Rob Zuberbueler averaged 34.8 yards per punt versus Burnet, including a 42-yard punt.

JV Red player of the week: Luke Dicuffa.

Freshman player of the week: Will Degenhardt.

FHS season leaders

Passing: Tucker Elliott 120-242-1611-7 16 TD, Jarrett Beard 2-4-35 TD.

Rushing: Tucker Elliott 145-576 7 TD, Jarrett Beard 90-472 5 TD, Dylan Ahrens 64-295 3 TD, Hunter Metzger 38-145 2 TD.

Receiving: Jarrett Beard 52-888 12 TD, Jud Beard 18-276 3 TD, Dylan Ahrens 14-137 TD, Joshua Wienecke 12-153 TD.

Tackles: Luke Duderstadt 62, Hunter Metzger 60, Jarrett Beard 33, Javier Rodriguez 30, Zachary Wubbolding 27, Jud Beard 24, Rob Zuberbueler 23, Brant Sasko 23, Christian Avilez

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Tackles for loss: Luke Duderstadt 8, Christian Avilez 6, Jack Gallagher 6, Hunter Metzger 5, Jud Beard 2, Davis Reeh 2, Brant Sasko 2.

Sacks: Christian Avilez 9, Davis Reeh 7, Luke Duderstadt 3, Jack Gallagher 2, Hunter Metzger 1, Zachary Wubbolding 1.

QB hurries: Luke Duderstadt 14, Davis Reeh 14, Hunter Metzger 7, Jack Gallagher 6, Christian Avilez 4, Brant Sasko

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Interceptions: Rob Zuberbueler 2, Jacob Lees 1, Jarrett Beard 1, Javier Rodriguez 1.

Passes defensed: Jud Beard 14, Jarrett Beard 5, Gavin French 5, Hunter Metzger 3, Jacob Lees 2, Rob Zuberbueler 2, Javier Rodriguez 2, Luke Duderstadt 2.

Forced fumbles: Tucker Elliott 1, Gavin French 1, Hunter Metzger 1, Javier Rodriguez 1, Luke Duderstadt 1, Dylan Ahrens 1, Christian Avilez 1.

Total touchdowns: Jarrett Beard 17, Tucker Elliott 7, Jud Beard 5, Dylan Ahrens 4, Hunter Metzger 2, Joshua Wienecke 1, Rob Zuberbueler 1.

District 14-4A DI standings Lampasas ...................... 4-0, 8-1 FHS ............................ 4-0, 6-3 Canyon Lake ................. 2-2, 6-3 Liberty Hill .................... 1-3, 2-6 Burnet ........................... 1-3, 5-4 Taylor ............................ 0-4, 0-9

District 14-4A DI schedule

Nov. 9

Lampasas at FHS, 7:30 p.m.

Liberty Hill at Canyon Lake, 7:30 p.m.

Burnet at Taylor, 7:30 p.m.

Last week’s scores

Nov. 1

FHS 10, Burnet 7

Lampasas 56, Canyon Lake 35

Liberty Hill 63, Taylor 0