Penalties badger Billies in opener
The first game of the football season holds game-one jitters, high expectations and a learning curve for teams. Fredericksburg High School varsity football experienced all of these during Friday’s 33-12 road loss to Lampasas.
The Billies totaled 269 yards to the Badgers’ 479 during their non-district, season opener game.
Head FHS Football Coach and Athletic Director Lance Moffett said the team is young and has some key areas to improve on.
“We let them keep stealing the momentum, we’d have a good play on offense or defense and then we’d give them a penalty,” Moffett said. “We’re going to have some growing pains, but the good news is we’ve got six weeks to figure it out before district starts.”
Ten penalties, totaling 70 yards, worked against the Billies at crucial times on both sides of the ball.
“We had their offense burned down, about to make them punt, then we’d get penalties,” Moffett said. “That’s practice and not holding them accountable or emphasizing fundamentals enough. We’ll be working on that this week.”
Lampasas junior quarterback and three-year starter Cohen Cockburn ran all over the Billies’ defense, totaling 85 yards with his feet and 164 yards with his arm. He worked alongside his hard-hitting defense to put a stop to any FHS momentum.
The Billies had the ball more than their opponent, but that didn’t help them in the loss.
“They played their tails off and got after it, they’re a good, well-coached football team,” Moffett said. “We’ve got to learn from Friday and we’ve got to wad it up, throw it away, and move on to the next game.”
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