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Sept. 1, 1999
Chapter Five Opens Friday For Billies
A new chapter in an old story
begins this week when football officially returns to Fredericksburg High School here this
Friday, Sept. 3, as neighboring Llano rolls into town for a 7:30 p.m. season opener at FHS
The challenge by the perennially strong Class AAA Yellow Jackets is expected to be a good
test to see just how well four weeks of pre-season workouts and two scrimmages have
prepared the Billies for another season on the gridiron.
In the back of many FHS fans minds and at the forefront of others is
the question: Can Fredericksburg continue to improve enough during the next five weeks of
non-district action to eventually have a chance to clinch its fifth straight league
One indicator of just how far the 1999 FHS gridiron edition has to go might be this
Fridays meeting with Llano.
We expect this one to be a typical Llano effort, said FHS head coach Jerald
Klett. They like to line up and get after you by bringing everyone on every down.
Needless to say, wed better come off the ball or else they will run right over
Among the Jackets 13 returning lettermen, which include six offensive and seven
defensive starters, several are all-district candidates.
This Fridays game will almost certainly be tougher for Fredericksburg than last
years 33-0 Billie runaway in Llano where three early turnovers put the Jackets in a
big hole with a 21-0 first-quarter lead.
In any case, Fridays battle in FHS Stadium will serve as a proving ground for a
Billie team whose makeup is fairly well balanced between seniors and juniors.
Weve got mostly seniors in the offensive backfield and secondary, while our
offensive line is dominated by juniors, he said. Were still working on
the right team chemistry, and it will take some growing pains to get everyone thinking
along the same lines.
Klett noted that considerable progress has been made following a tough start in
Fredericksburgs first scrimmage on Aug. 19 in Burnet.
Against Lampasas in our second scrimmage here on Thursday (Sept. 26), I thought we
played with a lot more enthusiasm, he said. We had a big play right off the
bat to stop a wingback counter, and that seemed to set the stage for the night.
He said that the Billies still need to show improvement in several key areas, including
their pass blocking and the kicking game.
We were also a little concerned before Friday about our defensive line, but the kids
have shown improvement in that area, he said. If we keep on working and
continue to improve, we have a chance to have a good year.
-Terry Collier (Fredericksburg Standard)