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ONE MORE PRACTICE: As Billies Travel To Lampasas For Scrimmage
One final chance to practice against someone other than their own teammates before the
regular 1998 campaign begins awaits Fredericksburg High School football players this
Friday night, Aug.28, when they travel to Lampasas for a second and final pre-season
Coming on the heels of an initial practice game with Burnet
here this past Thursday, the Lampasas workout in Badger Stadium will get underway around
5:30 p.m. for freshmen and junior varsity players.
Both Billie squads will actually be in action at the same
time as they spar with their Badger counterparts while working from the 40-yard line on
either end of the stadium.
Then around 7 p.m., the two schools' varsity units will
take over, working the length of the field for the next two hours or so.
Under an arrangement worked out between FHS head coach
Jerald Klett and Lampasas' Glen Jones, varsity first teams will each snap the ball 15
times before second strings take over for a 15/15-play go-round.
If times allows, first strings will return for 10/10 series
before the tempo shifts to close out the night with two 10-minute running quarters.
Friday's trip to Class AAAA Lampasas is expected to be a
greater challenge for the Billies than this last week's scrimmage with Class AAA Burnet.
"This should be a tougher scrimmage for us," said
Klett who noted that the 4-3 Badger defense" likes to bring their linebackers at
you," while their wing-T offensive unit will test Fredericksburg with bootleg and
It was the outside game that initially gave the Billies
problems this past Thursday when Burnet came to town for the sea-son's first scrimmage.
"We started off kind of sluggish," said Klett of
the FHS varsity's gridiron baptism. 'They changed their game up from what we were
expecting and gave us some different looks. But that was good, and I thought our kids
responded well after we settled down."
Burnet was able to move the ball fairly well in the early
goings of Thursday night's scrimmage, while the FHS offense found during the first part of
the encounter that the smaller school could also hold its own on defense.
"We needed to work anyway on some areas, like picking
up blitzes, and we soon got the overall concept," Klett said. ~e just needed to
refine some areas and get our technique down a little better."
Klett said he was pleased at the FHS varsity's overall
quickness and thought that the team's tenacity for rushing to the ball on defense was
"a real plus point".
On the whole, he said the Billie varsity hustled very well
for a first scrimmage and seemed to be moving a little quicker than at this stage last
One FHS player who has not been moving a little quicker
this week is senior tackle Dale Woerner who sustained an ankle sprain in the Burnet
Still, Klett said the returning starter from last year's
district championship team is responding well to treatment and may even get in for a few
plays at Lampasas.
Meanwhile, another returning starting senior -- defensive
end and offensive lineman Sergio De La Garza --has resumed practice following a hamstring
pull that he sustained over a week ago and could scrimmage Friday.
However, senior free safety Justin Jenschke is questionable
with a rotator cuff problem with his right shoulder.
Due back after missing the Burnet workout with a
hip-pointer injury will be junior fullback Aaron Cox who resumed workouts this week.
When the Billies travel to Lampasas on Friday, Klett and
his coaching staff will continue their search for help on the line.
"We don't have a lot of depth up front, and so we were
encouraged to see that some of our younger players, including several sophomores, did so
well against Burnet," he said.
Considering everything, Klett said the Billies may be a
little ahead of last year, although there are the usual snags in the first scrimmage like
having problems with snap counts and fumbles.
"But this is correctable stuff; it's just a matter of
having the discipline to do it right," he said. "If we keep working hard, I
think good things will happen."
After this weekend's visit to Lampasas, the Fredericksburg
varsity will be back on the road the following Friday, Sept. 4, to officially open the
1998 season in Llano.
Then follows the Billie varsity's home opener on Sept. 11
(Parents' Night) against Bandera.
After that come three tough pre-district bouts against
Smithson Valley (there, Sept.18), Clemens (there, Sept.25) and Dripping Springs
(Homecoming, Oct. 2).
A chance to get things off on a winning note toward
capturing their school's fourth straight district championship ensues the following week
when the Billies host Boerne on Oct. 9.
From there, the schedule doesn't get any easier as FHS must
take on four more potential playoff contenders in Medina Valley (there, Oct. 16), Alamo
Heights (here, Oct.23), Uvalde here, Oct. 30) and Kerrville (there, Nov. 6).
All 10 FHS varsity games will be played on Friday nights
starting at 7:30p.m., while junior varsity and freshmen games will get underway at varying
times each Thursday night.
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