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Wimberley Texans score 17-14 victory over Fredericksburg

By Wayland D. Clark 

WIMBERLEY — It’s official, there were no officials. It wasn’t Friday Night Lights, but it was Saturday morning sunshine. Friday night’s officials didn’t show by game time for the Wimberley and Fredericksburg contest at Texan Stadium. There were volunteers from both sides who offered their services, but it was decided best to reschedule the game for 10 a.m. on Saturday morning. Plenty of fans of both teams were in attendance after rescheduling.  

Photo by Wayland D. Clark
Cayden Heatly, #3 in the background, signals a touchdown as Chase Carson sprints the Fredericksburg sideline 38-yards to score after breaking tackles to give Wimberley a 17-14 lead over Fredericksburg late in the fourth quarter.

After Saturday’s game, Head Coach Doug Warren wasn’t talking about the officials. Instead, he focused on the Texans’ offense.

Following the team’s challenging 17-14 win over Fredericksburg, Warren told his team, “Sometimes it doesn’t always work the way you think it’s going to or want it to.”

The Billies led 14-10 until Chase Carson scored with a 38-yard touchdown run on a screen pass from quarterback Cody Stoever with 2:25 remaining in the fourth quarter. 

The Billies scored first when the Texans turned the ball over on their third possession after failing to convert on fourth down in the first quarter. Stoever refused to be taken down before crossing the goal line and the Texans tied it 7-7 with 9:32 in the second quarter. Both team’s defense played well and the game remained tied at halftime. 

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Wimberley sophomore quarterback Cody Stoever makes a cut to change direction after getting a good block by Shay Shroyer (59). Stoever rushed 20 times for 82 yards with a touchdown and passed for 141 yards and 1 TD in the Texans 17-14 win over Fredericksburg.

Facing a fourth and nine the Texans’ Hunter Williamson booted a 22-yard field goal with 6:27 in the third quarter giving Wimberley its first lead in the game. The lead wouldn’t last long as the Billies’ Charlie Johnson ran 55 yards for a touchdown with 8:45 in the final quarter. “Offensively we didn’t play the way we can,” Warren told the team after the win, “you’ve just got to continue playing hard, play after play after play, and finally good things will happen.” 

Stoever did just that and fought hard to make a first down in the final minutes of the fourth quarter before tossing the screen pass to Carson who broke tackles on the 38-yard run. The Texan’s defense forced Fredericksburg to fail on fourth down and turn the ball over sealing the 17-14 Wimberley victory. “This is a great win under tough circumstances and you fought through the adversity,” said Warren. 

After the game, Stoever, the sophomore quarterback, said, “Obviously Saturday morning is not when we want to be playing. We didn’t execute as well as we wanted to, but we ended up with the win. That’s all that matters now, and we just need to continue to get better. Thank you to Fredericksburg for making the trip back.” 

Wimberley 4-0 travels to Lampasas 3-1 on Friday, Sept. 23 at 7:30. 

Game statistics are listed below:

Passing

#2 Cody Stoever 8 of 26 for 141 yards and 1 TD

Rushing

#2 Cody Stoever 20 carries for 82 yards and 1 TD

#24 Jack Boyle 5 carries for 12 yards

#25 Johnny Ball 13 carries for 35 yards

Receiving

#3 Cayden Heatly 2 receptions for 38 yards

#8 Eli Dubuisson 1 reception for 2 yards

#9 Noah Birdsong 2 receptions for 44 yards

#10 Dane Hennessee 1 reception for 8 yards

#12 Chase Carson 1 reception for 38 yards and 1 TD

#25 Johnny Ball 1 reception for 11 yards

Special Teams

#18 Hunter Williamson PAT’s 2 for 2, FG’s 1 for 1 (22 yards)

Defense

Sacks

#32 Troy Heugly

#80 Hanson Collie

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