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Sept. 9, 1998

BANDERA COMING FOR HOME OPENER

      After opening on the road this past weekend, Fredericksburg varsity football players will play their first home game of the 1998 season here Friday, Sept. 11, against Bandera.
      Kickoff time is 7:30p.m. for the "Parents’ Night" contest that will pit a 1-0 Billie varsity against a Bulldog team that will be looking for its first win.
      "It’s a little scary, because Bandera got beat last weekend by Dripping Springs (39-12) largely because it had something like eight turnovers," said FHS head coach Jerald Klett.
The Bulldogs, he said, are better than that score indicates.
      'They had three interceptions returned for touchdowns and consequently were kept in the hole all night," Klett said. "Despite their problems, Bandera came back and drove the ball twice. They are really a pretty solid team."
      Bandera is coming off a 7-3 season that produced a third-place finish (4-2) in 26-AAA action. Ten lettermen are back including four offensive starters and six defensive returnees.
      Despite his tough start, Bandera senior quarterback Brent Morris (who at 5-9, 150 doubles as a linebacker) can run and throw well, said the FHS coach who added that Bulldog senior tailback David Cantu (5-8, 150) has "good speed".
      Other mainstays on offense include senior tight end James Cammack (5-10, 165), junior tackle-guard Jerod Fields (6-6, 250) and senior tackle-guard Jason Gregory (6-1, 240).
      When the Bulldogs have the ball, they like to go with a wing-T and use a lot of bootlegs and play-action plays.
      "On defense they will line up and get after you," said Klett who added with regard to head coach Mike Williamson (84-18-1 in five seasons at Bandera) that the Bulldogs "are a well-coached team."
      Top defensive hopefuls include senior end Jonathan Bossom (6-0, 195), senior linebacker Evan Dews (5-10, 170), junior linebacker Josh Fazio (5-10, 195), senior safety Justin Knight (6-4, 190) and senior safety Joey Leal (5-11, 160).
      "They will give you a lot of looks on defense, which has the potential of giving an offensive line fits," said Klett who also credited Bandera's receivers and its kicking game.
      For the Billies, senior defensive end Sergio De La Garza should be back from a hamstring pull as should senior defensive back Justin Jenschke whose shoulder injury is on the mend.
      However, junior linebacker Chris Weirich is doubtful Friday after sustaining a knee strain last week against Llano.
      Also banged up in Fredericksburg's 33-0 win over Llano but still expected to play here against Bandera are senior back Jim Grobe (broken hand) and senior defensive lineman Kyle Treibs (broken finger).
      It’s been nine years since the Billies have played Bandera, with Fredericksburg winning the most-recent encounter in 1989 by 23-0.
      "This year’s Bandera team has the talent," Klett said. "We’d better take them seriously here Friday or it could be a disaster deluxe."

BILLIES JUMP ON 'JACKET TURNOVERS

      When opportunity knocked Friday night in Llano, Fredericksburg varsity football players showed they knew what to do.
      Claiming their first season opening victory in five years, the Billies took advantage of a rash of Yellowjacket turnovers and converted them into a 33-0 season-opening victory.
      The win -- the biggest for FHS against Llano since a Billie varsity blanked its neighbors to the north by 35-0 in 1983 -- saw the FHS defense allow the Jackets across the midfield stripe only three times in 12 possessions.
      I thought the kids played well, especially the defense which did a good job containing their quarterback," said FHS head coach Jerald Klett. "You’ve got to be real disciplined to do that with the kind of midline offense that Llano runs."
      The news for Llano was bad from the start as the Billies stripped the ball on the game's first play from scrimmage. Ten plays and 38 yards later, Fredericksburg had its first score when junior running back Manuel
      Gonzales went across from the one.
      With 7:32 on the clock, junior place kicker Charles Klein booted the PAT to put FHS in front for good, 7-0.
      But it only got worse for the. Yellowjackets
      On the hosts' next play from scrimmage, FHS junior defensive back Jamie Reeh picked off a Zach Vassar pass at the Jacket 46 and returned it for a touchdown.
      Another Klein kick put the Billies up, 14-0
, with 6:26 still left in the first quarter.
      More of the same followed early in the second period after the Fredericksburg defense hemmed in Llano at the hosts' five.
      Taking over at the Jacket 28 following a Llano punt and interference penalty, the Billies took only five plays before sending Gonzales into the end zone from the two.
      A muffed snap exchange blanked the ensuing PAT try with 10:05 remaining in the half, but, as it turned out, the Billies were far enough ahead by then, 20-0.
      After intermission, Fredericksburg scored once in each second-half quarter, with the first coming on a 17-yard scamper by senior ball carrier Freddy Cantu. Klein's toe capped the three-play 40-yard drive and made it 27-0 as the clock read 7:07 in the third.
      Fredericksburg's final score came after Llano's fifth turnover of the night when senior Danny Marquardt grabbed another Jacket pass and returned it 27 yards to the home team's 20.
      Four plays later, running back Todd Persyn skipped untouched into the end zone from the one. The ensuing PAT kick was blocked, but by then 38 points was more then enough.
      As for the Jackets, their deepest thrust into FHS territory occurred late in the third period when the hosts mounted their only sustained drive of the game. However, that effort, which began back at the Llano 35, was terminated at the FHS 20.
      "That was a big series for our defense," said Klett who also complimented the Fredericksburg offense for its improved performance in the second half.
      He also complimented the Llano team.
      "Llano has a good football team, and they will do good throughout the season," he said. "Friday night certainly could have been a different story had we not had all those turnovers."
      Llano miscues served to help Fredericksburg's field position throughout the game as the Billies made it across midfield on seven of 11 possessions.
      Gonzales was Fredericksburg's leading ground-gainer with 87 yards on 2l carries. Close behind, Cantu rolled up 65 yards on only six carries, not to mention running into the end zone from 39 yards out in the first period, only to have the score wiped out by a holding penalty.
      Billie junior quarterback T.J. Theis and senior receiver Luis Lopez hooked up to account for all 16 of Fredericksburg's passing yardage.
      In the defensive department, Jamie Reeh had a team-high of seven tackles and four assists along with his TD interception runback. Other FHS defensive standouts included Chris Weirich (5-1) Kyle Treibs (4-5), Ben Bailey (4-3), Lance Eilers (4-2) and Barrett Durst (4-1).
      Friday's win marked the eighth time FHS and Llano had played since the 35-0 Billie win in 1983. Since then, the Jackets had dominated the series, 4-2.
      In addition, before Friday, Fredericksburg had not won a season-opener since slipping by Smithson Valley, 26-20, in 1993.

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BLOCKING PAYS OFF--As Chris Weirich (21) and a couple other Billie varsity teammates seal off Llano defenders, Fredericksburg ball carrier Manuel Gonzales (33) scampers through a big opening on the way to helping his team blank the Yellowjackets, 33-0. At game's end, Gonzales had recorded a team-high of 87 yards rushing on 21 carries -- not far ahead of fellow Billie back Freddy Cantu's 65 yards on six rushes.

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DEFENDER'S DREAM--Fredericksburg's Jamie Reeh (9) challenges Llano guard Clay Rushing for running room on his way to scoring a first quarter touchdown after hauling down an interception in the first quarter of Friday night's season-opener in Llano. Reeh, who also led his teammates in tackles and assisted tackles that night, helped the Billie varsity post a 33-0 victory against the Class AAA Yellowjackets.

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