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Fredericksburg (2-0) opened the 2020 Texas high school football season with a defining 55-20 win against Monahans in San Angelo in Week 1 and continued its groove with a 54-14 victory against Jarrell (0-2) in Friday's home opener. VYPE Player of the Game Gavin French's four-touchdown performance played a key role in the latest high-scoring affair.
"It's great to be in Fredericksburg, Texas," said Fredericksburg head football coach Lance Moffett. "I can tell you that. Back home, our band is here. You know this is as normal as it's been since March 6th or whatever day it is, and I can't be more proud and happy for our kids and our community that we're getting to do normal stuff again."
From the get-go, you could tell that it was going to be a good night for Fredericksburg. That direction began with Kade Jenschke's opening kickoff return to the Jarrell 32-yard line. The slight hiccup on the drive that was Judson Beard's fourth down dropped pass in the end zone couldn't even change the Battlin' Billies' course.
That's because the Fredericksburg defense shutdown Jarrell's offense early and often, and set up good field position for the Battlin' Billies' scoring unit. It began with the following Fredericksburg drive, which started at the Jarrell 31-yard line. Cole Immel followed with a touchdown pass to Beard. That gave the Billies the first lead of the game at the 8:53 mark of the opening quarter.
Later in the period, Immel and French found enough space to record rushing touchdowns and extend Fredericksburg's lead to 21-0 with 3:43 left. The second was set up by a turnover on downs forced by the Battlin' Billie D.
"We've been doing a lot of things right," said French. "The offensive line has been incredible and it's made it easy on the backfield near the ball."
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Jarrell finally got on the board early in the second period because of Joseph Crathers' touchdown catch and Derrick Warren's successful two-point conversion, but Fredericksburg had an answer for the Cougars. French added three more touchdowns, with Javier Rodriguez's first of two interceptions setting up one and James Sebera's fumble recovery preceding another.
That trend continued in the opening minutes of the third quarter. Jarrell's miscue on its first punt attempt of the second half resulted in the snap flying over the punter's head. Logan Metzger recovered the fumble on the play, and Immel found Tripp Dennis on the ensuing quarterback-to-receiver touchdown connection to make it a 47-8 game with 8:57 left in the period.
"I'm real proud of the way we finished and took advantage," said Moffett.
Jose Diosdado added a touchdown run in the quarter and the Fredericksburg defense followed with a goal line deflection that prevented another Jarrell score with 1:21 left in the frame. The Cougars would eventually earn their second score on Warren's 50-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
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We're officially a week into the 2020 Texas high school football season, so it's time for updated VYPE Austin Small School Team Rankings. Check out the latest top 10 and honorable mentions for top area UIL 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A squads below.
VYPE Austin UIL 4A Top 10 Football Rankings:
#1 Lampasas (1-0): The Badgers kept their high-scoring streak alive with a 55-23 win against fellow state-ranked Brownwood in the 2020 season opener. (Previous: #1)
#2 Austin LBJ Early College (0-0): The Jaguars opened the 2020 season with their first bye week. (Previous: #2)
#3 Wimberley (1-0): The Texans trailed Canyon Lake by 10 points entering the fourth quarter, but a 14-point final period surge and a late goal line stand resulted in a 24-22 season-opening victory. (Previous: #3)
#4 Salado (1-0): The Eagles earned a big 46-27 win against fellow state-ranked Troy. (Previous: #4)
#5 Smithville (1-0): The Tigers rolled to a 28-7 win against Columbia. (Previous: #7)
#6 Fredericksburg (1-0): The Battlin' Billies kicked off the area's football season with Thursday's dominant 55-20 win against Monahans in San Angelo. (Previous: #8)
#7 Burnet (1-0): The Bulldogs cruised to a 46-6 victory against Jarrell. (Previous: #9)
#8 Giddings (0-1): The Buffaloes battled with Bellville in a 34-31 season-opening loss. (Previous: #6)
#9 La Grange (0-1): The Leopards can learn a lot from their 40-14 loss to Rockdale, who is one of the state's best 3A teams. (Previous: #5)
#10 Taylor (0-1): The Ducks hung with a solid Robinson squad in their 26-21 loss. (Previous: NR)
Fell out: Jarrell (0-1): The Cougars struggled with area-ranked Burnet in a 46-6 loss. (Previous: #10)
VYPE Austin UIL 1A-3A Top 10 Football Rankings:
#1 Rockdale (1-0): The Tigers overcame a lightning delay in their 40-14 win against La Grange. (Previous: #1)
#2 Cameron Yoe (1-0): The Yoemen earned a quality 21-16 win against state-ranked 4A member Mexia in the season's opening week. (Previous: #2)
#3 San Saba (1-0): The Armadillos impressed in a 56-14 win against Eldorado. (Previous: #4)
#4 Lexington (1-0): The Eagles defended their state ranking with a 25-14 victory against West in Week 1. (Previous: #5)
#5 Granger (1-0): The Lions shutout Axtell 32-0 in the season opener. (Previous: #7)
#6 Thorndale (1-0): The Bulldogs traveled to Dawson and left town with a 24-14 season-opening victory. (Previous: #8)
#7 Holland (1-0): The Hornets started the 2020 campaign with a solid 27-12 victory against state-ranked Burton. (Previous: #9)
#8 Flatonia (1-0): The Bulldogs dominated Runge in a 27-6 road win in the season's opening week. (Previous: #10)
#9 Little River Academy (1-0): The Bumblebees stung state-ranked Rogers 20-15. (Previous: NR)
#10 Mason (0-1): The Punchers were upset by Comanche 14-0. (Previous: #3)
Fell out: Rogers (0-1): The Eagles struggled with Little River Academy 20-15. (Previous: #6)
Other teams to watch: Llano (1-0), Schulenburg (1-0), Brady (1-0), Blanco (1-0), Milano (1-0), Johnson City (1-0), Altair Rice Consolidated (1-0), Lago Vista (0-0), Dime Box (0-0) and Burton (0-1)