Nine times the lead changed, and after a failed onside kick and a fumble recovery, the Fredericksburg High School junior varsity football team found itself in a position Sept. 22 to defeat Wimberley.
Time ran out on the Billies as they fell short at home, 40-36.
With the loss, Fredericksburg is now 3-2 on the season.
“It was an exciting game like the others. Unfortunately, we came out on the losing side,” said Coach Shannon Petsch. “We started out a little sluggish to start this one and it took a while to get going.”
JV’s Brant Bowers threw two touchdown passes (a 17-yarder to Hayden Ahrens and then a 48-yarder to Jordan Rhoades) and ran for a one-yard TD in the final quarter.
Devin Cantu ran 89 yards for a touchdown for the Billies, while Alex Silva completed a 16-yard touchdown pass to Hasting Wilson.
Petsch described the second quarter as “fast and furious” as both teams exchanged big plays.
Trailing by four points in the final quarter, Fredericksburg failed to convert an onside kick into a possession.
Silva forced a fumble on the next play, and Cantu recovered it to give the Billies the ball back.
Time ran out as FHS JV tried to move the ball for the win.
“It was a very exciting game going back and forth, and the players responded well,” Petsch said. “We had opportunities to win, but we came up short. It was the type of game you want to be in; it is what makes this so much fun. The players as well as the coaches got all that they wanted out of this one, a roller coaster ride.”
The coach named Cantu as the player of the week for his contributions on offense and defense.
JV’s next game will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, as they travel to Hondo to face the Owls JV.