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FHS off to best district start since ’13

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FHS FOOTBALL

Fredericksburg High School didn’t suffer from any let down after a program-defining win last week.

Two weeks into the District 14-4A DI season, the Battlin’ Billies rolled their way to a 2-0 district start.

Fredericksburg High School varsity football beat the Taylor Ducks, 35-10, on Friday at FHS Stadium.

Senior quarterback Tucker Elliott threw for 141 yards and a touchdown and ran for two more, and senior running back Jarrett Beard gained 142 yards of offense and two touchdowns to power FHS past a Taylor team that entered Friday’s game without a win.

“We kept it going from Liberty Hill, so we just have to keep it rolling,” Elliott said.

The game had all the makings of a trap during a scoreless first quarter between the two foes.

FHS erased the goose-egg start when Beard punched in the first touchdown on a seven-yard run three minutes into the second quarter.

The Billies scored on their next drive when Beard and Elliott combined for a 49-yard TD pass, the duo’s 12th of the season, to make it 14-0.

FHS’ special teams unit created another scoring chance by recovering a pooch kick the following kickoff.

The offense drove down the field and made it a 21-0 game on Elliott’s one-yard sneak into the endzone.

“Once we got going, we did what we needed to do,” FHS head coach Lance Moffett said. “I’m very proud of the offensive, defensive, special teams game plans. We made a few mistakes and gave them a little bit of life, but other than that, we played a team that’s 0-6 like we should have.”

Taylor scored its first points of the night by following up an FHS turnover with a 11-yard reverse pass from Reese Gensler to Jayson Saucedo, cutting FHS’ lead to 14.

FHS followed with a Jud Beard touchdown run to put Taylor with less than two minutes left in the third quarter.

The Ducks nailed a 42-yard field goal on their next possession, but a long drive ending in another Elliott touchdown run put away Taylor for good.

“Hopefully this gives us confidence,” Elliott said. “Hopefully, we can keep it rolling and build on it. Don’t go backwards and keep going forward.”

The Billies’ defense led the way to FHS’ first 2-0 district start since 2013 and first win over Taylor since a onepoint win in overtime during the 2015 season. The team’s physicality gave them an edge in another hard-hitting district game.

“I think most of that has to do with the fact that we’ve played our way into shape,” Moffett said. “We don’t get as tired, so we can go faster. Physicality’s all about speed and being fast, so we’re playing really fast right now.”

FHS senior linebackers Luke Duderstadt and Quinten Petsch led FHS with nine tackles each.

Duderstadt and senior defensive tackle Davis Reeh both had two sacks.

Junior Rob Zuberbueler intercepted a pass that put the Billies in scoring territory during the second quarter.

FHS (4-3, 2-0) heads into a pivotal contest against the Canyon Lake Haws starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at Hawk Stadium in Fischer.

The winner clinches a playoff spot and heads into Week 10 with at least a share of the 14-4A DI lead.

FHS 35, Taylor 10

Taylor..........................0 0 FHS.............................0 21

Second quarter

FHS-Jarrett Beard 7-yard run (Aaron Cordero-Rojas kick), 8:20.

FHS-Beard 49 pass from Tucker Elliott (Cordero-Rojas kick), 3:46.

FHS-Elliot 1-yard run (Cordero-Rojas kick), 1:41.

Third quarter

Taylor-Jayson Saucedo 11-yard pass from Reese Gensler (Josue Perez kick), 7:36

FHS-Jud Beard 18-yard run (Cordero-Rojas kick), 8:53.

Taylor-Perez 42-yard kick, :10

Fourth quarter

FHS-Elliott 7-yard run (Cordero-Rojas kick), 8:06.

Statistics

Taylor FHS x Yards Rushing-Carries 205-39 x Yards Passing 131 x Passes Comp-Att. 9-17 x Passes Intercepted 1 x Total Offense 336 x Fumbles-Lost 3-1 5-45 Penalty Yards 5-40 8 First Downs 23

Rushes-Yards

FHS-Tucker Elliott 15-44 2 TD, Dylan Ahrens 9-35, Jarrett Beard 8-69 TD, Cole Immel 3-19, Austin Simpson 2-8, Jud Beard 1-18 TD, Hunter Metzger 1-12.

Passes-Yards- Interceptions

FHS-Tucker Elliott 9-16-131-1 TD, Cole Immel 0-1-0.

Pass Receiving-Yards

FHS-Jarrett Beard 4-73 TD, Judson Beard 1-19, Dylan Ahrens 1-12, Austin Simpson 1-7, Trent Kozielski 1-7.