2018 All District Team Continues

While Llano had 8 Yellowjackets make the First Team All District team, maybe just as important are the 11 Yellowjackets that were listed on the second team.  The strength and depth shows why Llano has taken a very positive move in the right direction.  More and more better players, and all get noticed by opposing coaches.  Coach Green can not vote for his own players.  The teams that Llano played against in district play is how one gets that nod.  You had to impress more than just mom, dad and girlfriend.

Cade Fly made plenty of noise over the past two seasons.  Starting 22 games put Cade at fourth most at quarterback in history of Llano.  His 3,812 career yards is second all time.  His 405 yards against Sonora in 2017 is the most yards in a  game ever for a Jacket quarterback.  His 238 yards passing  this season against Hondo in Llano’s overtime win is a playoff record.  Cade had 8 games in his career of over 200 yards passing. And this season his 2,091 yards is second most ever in one season, surpassed only by Brian Edwards in 2001 with 2,164. Cade tied the season touchdown passes with 19.  Ties at the number one spot with Bryan Hill and Brian Edwards. And Cade ended his career with 35 TD passes, and number one all time.  A great player.  Many other places in the record book, and his name will live a long time there.

Kendall Downey played more quietly, but with big impact. Playing both offense  and defense, Kendall was second team all district at both tight end and defensive end.  19 catches for 203 yards.  21 solo tackles and 40 total tackles.  And a very good blocker.  Usually over looked.  Loved how he made great plays at great moments. A great senior that had a great season.

Mason Brooks was all district at Safety on defense.  And second team on offense at running back.  Not to repeat what I said the previous article, but Mason helped make the Jacket passing attack work.  585 yards rushing, averaging 4.9 yards. Tough, tough runner, and good pass blocker for the passing game.  Hard to coach what Mason brought to the game.

Quincy Prince was a catch away from breaking open every game.  His 91 yard touchdown, record breaking catch saved the Hondo Bi District game.  15 catches and 505 yards his Junior season.  His 33.66 yards per catch is a school record that has stood since 1976.  A joy to watch.  Can’t wait until September.  Hard work and getting stronger gives Quincy a chance to become elite.

Brooks Keele has been Cade’s go to receiver the past two seasons.  Brooks 7 TD catches this season and 12 TDs for career ties him second all time with Ned Butler from the 1976-77 season.  45 career catches is 10th all time. 818 career yards is 8th all time best.  A good blocker, and always a menace to opposing secondary players, a big clog in the Jacket attack.  Will be very hard to replace.

Cant’ say enough about how much improvement Llano saw in the play of the defense.  Not just a little.  Improved over 7 points a game over last season, and over two touchdown improvement over just  a few years back.  In this high octane offense days, defense becomes more important than ever.  Everyone scores.  Just how do you keep it close so your own offense can stay in the game.  The Jacket defense kept Llano in most every game.

Few played harder than senior Presley Lynch at safety.  34 solo tackles, and 70 tackles, good open field tackler, and fast.  The Jacket secondary stood out with this senior leading a strong field. Hope Presley passed on some of his secrets to junior Justin Yocum at cornerback.  Justin had 22 solo tackles and 45 tackles.  The Jackets had two first team secondary players, Mason Brooks and Christian Kirby.  These four players were just great.  Man oh man….will these guys be missed. Justin again will need a short memory.

Kaleb Dodson may have been over shadowed by two first team defensive lineman. Drew Cooper and Giuillermo Davilla.  Both super tough in the trenches.  But Kaleb gave no quarter.  17 solo tackles, 39 tackles, tough as they get.  Llano had no weakness in the trenches from any spot.  And just as important, Kaleb, and Davilla and Cooper kept blockers off Llano linebackers. I spoke so much about the 2017 Jacket defensive lineman that were so good.  2018 was just as good.

Linebacker position:  Man oh man.  Everyone has to work together.  The secondary gets help with a strong pass rush.  The linebackers get help when the lineman keep blockers off them.  But this season, our three linebackers more than played their part.  Sophomore All District Mason Baker is a star.  But his two position mates do not carry his water.  Quentin Franklin and Logan Duggar are so good and so aggressive I caught myself praying for a blitz by one of the trio.  They seemed to always make the plays.  Duggar with 49 solo tackles and Quentin with 38 solo tackles and 57 tackles. 2019 looks like it is in good firm hands with all three returning. As a unit, they are so much fun to watch.

Next article in a few days, we will talk about more Jackets. Thanks for reading.

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Jackets and the All-District Team 2018

The All-District team was announced last week.  We put this in Play To Win, Just for the Record.  I’ve been waiting several weeks to begin my articles, but really felt it unfair to make statements that might give false hope to some players.  I really felt strongly that Llano had many of the best players in the District, but, would they be mentioned on the elite list.

FIRST TEAM ALL-DISTRICT:

Drew Cooper– Senior Defensive end. The best defensive lineman in the district.  A starter for three years, with 29 starts, few made an impact as much as Drew.  A great leader, and a player every team had to coach around.  If they didn’t, Drew made them pay. Due to his play, and the statics that Drew accumulated, I will begin this winter trying to have more statics on the defensive side of the football.  I have many years of stats from Llano’s former head coach, Karl McCormack on the defenses he coached.  The best by any comparisons.  Yet this Jacket team lead by Drew made plenty of noise, and I will try to put the top players in the showcase.  Stats such as “sacks, fumble recoveries, and total tackles”.  It will take some time, but I love working on this. Drew was one of a kind football player. One of the very best in decades in Llano. Caused 3 fumbles, had 7 sacks, and 16 tackles for a loss, plus a total of 65 tackles.

Christian Kirby– Senior, Corner back- a deadly tackling machine, 23 solo tackles, plus speed, made Llano’s secondary one of its’ strongest units.

Mason Brooks– Senior Safety on defense, the Jackets leading rusher on offense with 585 yards, where he was also 2nd Team All District.  Had 30 solo tackles. A sure tackler.  Played his heart out every play. Wonderful team leader.

Mason Baker– Linebacker, sophomore…one of a trio at linebackers that has not been seen in many moons. Mason lead this very strong group, with 54 solo tackles, and 88 tackles. All can sleep well knowing Mason will be back for two more seasons.

Heath Godfrey– Offensive line,  this unit was so much better than years past…just played hard every game, and these lineman, lead by Heath made life better for quarterback Fly and the Jacket passing game. Heath will be a great leader next season as his senior year approaches.

Case Kuykendall– Sophomore, wide receiver, Cade’s favorite target, 512 yards receiving, 172 yards rushing, line this guy up anywhere, and you have a player.  Quick, fast, and dependable.  Two more years to help the Jackets get to the next level.

Diego Miguel– Sophomore, Extra Point man (35 of 36), and field goal experti !!!  * of 8, with a school record 48 yard kick. Diego was  the biggest surprise of the 2018 season.  Not since Grant Morgan has Llano seen a kicker like this.  The Jackets’ future is in a nice place with Diego coming into games  to seal the deals.

In the next week to 10 days will preview the Jackets that also were recognized on the ALL DISTRICT TEAM….working on entries into the record books.  If you see an omission, let me know….might be easier to email me at ….mvirdell@virdellrealestate.com

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2018 Seniors Give Base to Build Future

The 2018 seniors have had time to start reflecting on the success of their seniors year.  Sure, it could have been better, but there will only be one team out of 90 4-A, Division 11 schools that will have no regrets.  Navarro and Cuero play each other this week in game 14 of the season.  Expect a repeat of the district contest.  I hope Cuero wins it all. That would put the number at 7 teams that have been in Llano’s district that went on to win state, should Cuero win.

I am going about things different this year. I am going to post on this site names and numbers that will be put into the record book.  Should I make an error, please let me know.  Also, will still be reviewing the season, and a few more comments about our players, and returning players.

I am planning on adding more categories in the “PLAY OFF” section.  May take a bit.  but One new category will be “Longest Pass/Pass Reception.” 1. Cade Fly to Quincy Prince, 2018, Hondo Bi-District Game, 91 Yards, TD  2. Cade Fly to Brooks Keele, 2018, West Oso Area game, 84 Yards, TD.

In Other Categories;  Most Games Started Career:  Cade Fly 22…should be in top 5.

Most TD Passes Season- Cade Fly: 19   Most Career TD Passes:  35…. Career Yardage with 2017 Yardage…1721 plus 2091…3812…should be second best all time.

In Category of Receiving Yards: Most Yards in a Season, Brooks Keele- 384…add in 2017 for career…1,065 Yards….also Catches Career: 22 plus 2017 catches.

Senior Mason Brooks…2017 season rushing yards 681…2018…585  Total:  1266 yards should be in top 25.

Do Know that Quincy broke a record that has lasted since 1976.  Larry Clutter in 1976 had 10 catches for 313 yards, a 31.3 yard per catch.  Minimum number of catches is 10.  Quincy this season caught 15 passes for 505 yards…a 33.7 yards per catch.  5 TDS. That is remarkable.  Larry will be happy for you.

Still thinking about some defense recognition:  We have interceptions.  Have only scattered tackles and sacs from past…but I guess we HAVE TO START SOMEWHERE.

Diego will have his name in several first place catagories.  But more research….I will post more items later this week.  Thanks for the memories.

 

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Proud Jackets End 7-5 Season

The disappointment cannot be washed away in a few days after the Yellowjackets went down 62-31 in the final game of the 2018 season.  Yet the great seniors of this class will see that they had a very important part in turning the Yellowjacket program into a winning program.  The 7-5 may not be what all had hoped.  But seven wins is nothing to look down on.  The Jackets have played in one of the toughest districts in 4-A football. This team, these seniors should be so proud.

You won 7 games.

You had a four game winning streak.

You averaged over 30 points a game on offense.

You average allowing 21.58 points a game on defense.  A vast improvement over any defense in the past 15 years.

You lost 3 games by a total of 14 points.

You avenged one of those losses with an over time win in a State Play Off Game.

The offensive line protected a passing game that was the second most productive in school history.

The Passing attack produced 19 TD passes. ( Tied school record)

The passing attack had 4 games of more than 200 yards.

The running game produced a 137 yard rusher in the Area football game.

The offense produced a need for a new category in the Record Book:  The top two most receiving yards on a single play in play off history.

The team played for the first time, at the most Historic Alamo Stadium, two times.

You Showed up to play. The offense had the ball first.  Drove 17 plays without a penalty or turnover to score first in the Area Game. Then, when it would have been easy to call it a season, the offense drove 10 plays at the end of the game to score a touchdown.  There was no give up in this team.

You played on a team  that found a record kicking field goal and extra point man.  8 of 8 on field goals.  Missed one extra point.( Made 35 of 36). A  48 Yard FG!  School records all.  Those could be records for you all to notice….decades from now.

Maybe the records mean little to you now.  But as time moves on, this team will look back and be so proud of all you accomplished.  And more than that, it should be a way to measure your own personal success as you move through life.  Never give up.. Anything can happen.  Even winning when you have your back to the end zone.

I will be writing on for a few more weeks…more than anything putting items in the record books…I will post those items here, and then you can go and locate them under Yellowjacket Records.   Do not hesitate to point out errors or omissions. I could use the help.

Have at least a dozen entries now….will write more soon on the Llano-West Oso Game…I like to think good thoughts, and fun things about this season…the next few weeks will be fun.

 

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7-4 Jackets Win in OT, On to Area Game

I have written this article many times over this past weekend…all in my head…but only to try harder the next time.

After the first quarter Friday night in Alamo Stadium in San Antonio, I actually was thinking the first sentence would be something like this: “After one of the most disastrous first quarters in Llano High School football history, the Yellowjackets rebounded to win their Bi-District game against Hondo in San Antonio and now advance in the State Playoffs to play….”

Yes, I really thought…that after the Jackets first play, down goes Mr. Playmaker sophomore Case Kuykendall with a terrible arm and shoulder injury after an 8 yard sweep run to the right.  After a 15 minute delay  Case was carted off the field to a San Antonio hospital to have his elbow set and had surgery the next day on his arm.  How much affect did the injury have on the Jackets?  One can only wonder.  After that initial play, senior quarterback Cade Fly threw to junior Justin Yocum for a first down.  But three plays later, Llano was forced to punt.

The Jacket defense came onto the field, and forced the first of seven punts by Hondo.  Relentless play by seniors Kaleb Dodson, Mason Brooks , Drew Cooper, and juniors Quentin Franklin and Ryan Warner controlled the game. But an error changed that.  The Jackets were forced to punt after a 5 play drive.  The ball snapped to punter Dodson over his head ended up on the Jacket one yard line.  One play later and Llano was down 7-0.

Ok…we can overcome this.  So again…the Jacket offense had the ball.  19 yards by sophomore Donaven Arellano with blocks coming from seniors Tyler Lindell and Ethan Eastwood.  Cade threw to Kendall Downey for a first down and 10 yards.  Then a catch by senior Brooks Keele for 15 more down to the 25 yard line of the Owls.  End of drive, as Cade misfired  and Hondo had intercepted and stopped the promising drive.

Ok, we can overcome this.  But a very determined and very good running attack by the Owls were not to be denied. 4 yards, a 16 yard pass completion.  10 more.  5 more.  7 more. And then a lapse by the Jackets.  40 yards down the sidelines and Hondo lead 14-0.

Ok, we can overcome this.  But on the Jackets first play after the kickoff, Cade was intercepted again. But think goodness, the first quarter of one of the worst quarters ever…was over. Two turnovers, a bad snap, a 40 yard run, and Case was not part of the game plan.  It can only get better from here.  I did know that.

SECOND QUARTER:

The Jackets forced a punt, to negate the interception.  Strong play by Presley Lynch and Christian Kirby coming up to help make tackles from the secondary.  Linebackers Mason Baker and Logan Duggar hardened their play.

The Jackets finally got back to a place they felt comfortable.  7 yards by Mason.  A 23 yard completion from Cade to senior Ethan Tisdale up to the 34 yard line.  Another completion to junior Justin Yocum for 12 more.  But Hondo played tough, and the Jacket drive died, and Dodson punted.

Now, here was the test.  Llano was down 14-0.  Hondo runs the football so effectively. The Owls put together a 12 play drive.  From their own 35 yard line, down to the Jacket 44…only a net of 21 yards, but three first downs.  The Owls killed themselves with 4 penalties for 25 yards.  Strong play by Aiden Cuthbertson, and Downey kept Hondo at bay.  The Jackets had an opportunity to maybe score before the half.  A Fly pass to Tisdale got 29 yards. Junior Quincy Prince ran an end-around for a first down and 16 yards. But, no more…Llano punted and after s few more plays…the half was over.  The Jackets had 130 yards total.  Hondo had 152.  But something stood out to me at halftime. Take out the 40 yard TD romp, Hondo was averaging about 3.5 yards per carry.  I still knew we could overcome this.  Our defense would keep us close. This I believed.  But more important, The Jackets believed.

THIRD QUARTER:

Hondo got the second half kickoff and  drove 5 plays, one first down and forced to punt.  Drew Cooper was out of his mind in pursuit…never let up.  Close behind were Downey, sophomore Guillermo Davila and junior Jacob Cruz.  The Jackets’ Tisdale caught a punt so Llano had something, rather than starting out from inside the 10 yard line.  But the offense went dead.  Three plays and out.  Hondo began again.  One first down, but Justin, Cruz and Davilla forced a punt.  I glanced at the clock….holly cow, six minutes left in the 3rd quarter.  The Jackets decided to try something else.

Donaven for 4 yards.  A pass completion to Ethan for 18 more.  Then Cade ran three straight times for 10 yards and a first down.  Next he handed the ball four straight carries to senior Mason Brooks. 5 yards.  4  yards.  One yard for the first down.  And from three yards out, Mason scored with :14 seconds left in the quarter.  Score 14-7.

4TH QUARTER:

Again, the Jacket defense held and forced a punt. The ball rolled to the 8 yard line.  Cade went to work.  5 yard pass to Ethan.  2 more to Ethan. and 5 more to Ethan, catching 6 for the night.  Brooks caught one for 8 more. Donaven had a 3 yard catch. But it was not enough. Facing 4 and 11 with about 6 minutes left in the game.  A few Jacket fans around me wondered if maybe Llano should go for it on fourth down.  Reminding everyone, Llano might not get the ball back.  These Owls were stingy.  So, one of the defining moments in this game.  Do you punt, knowing Hondo was very capable of running 6-8 plays and taking up all of the clock?  Can the Jacket defense do it again? Llano punted.

Hondo ran five plays in a row, gaining 26 yards and making two first downs.  But, on second and third downs, Hondo went away from what they do best.  They threw two incomplete passes. Yocum, Baker, Cooper, Cruz, and Duggar put the pressure on. And facing 4th and 13 yards, Hondo punted with 2:35 left in the game. And the ball, not caught, rolled to the 9 yard line. 2:05 on the clock.

Back in 2002, Llano had one of the best passing attacks, ever.  All time leading Jacket record holder, Michael White was fast.  Jason Smith was quarterback.  Playing in a forgotten game against Burnet, Smith hit the lighting fast White for a 90 yard TD. In a blink of an eye, Michael was in the end zone. School record.

Friday night in Alamo Stadium, quarterback Fly dropped back and threw deep to the fastest player in the Stadium. Quincy Prince was 5 yards behind the nearest defensive back of the Owls. Pass was perfect, and no one was catching Quincy.  91 yards. School record.

Now we had to either kick the extra point to tie, or go for two to win.  This was a no brainer.  Mr. Dependable and also school record holder, sophomore Diego Miguel came in and calmly kicked for the tie.  14-14 . His 31 of 32 extra points this season is now being taken for granted.  But it may be the hardest play of the game.

If you thought this was over and going to over time, you were wrong.  With less than two minutes to play, here comes Hondo.  First play. 23 yards. Then on a fourth down, they run for 7 more and another first down.  Hondo is at mid field. Now they go to their passing game.  Four incomplete passes.  Kirby, Lynch, Yocum, Franklin, and pressure from the front four sealed the tie, and go to over time.  Oh my. ( Llano last played in a over time game in the play offs in 1998.  Llano lost to Industrial 19-16.)

OVER TIME:

Llano got the ball first on the 25.  An incomplete pass, then runs by Cade of 4, 15, and 6 for the score.  Llano ahead for the first time, 21-14.  First down, Llano defense stops for a loss.  Next Hondo runs for 11.  And on the fourth play, a pass, and Mr. Justin Yocum steps in front of the tipped ball, and intercepts.  Llano wins. The 7-4 Jackets advance in the State Play Offs.

Since 1922, Llano has had 17 teams to win 8 games or more in one season.  6 of those teams did not make the play offs.  Twice, in 1973, and 2007 did Llano win two play off games in one season.  The 1973 team lost to eventual State Champion Friendswood  in the quarterfinals and ended up with a 9-3-1 record. The 2007 team lost to Palacios, and ended up 9-4.  Getting to 8 wins is in pretty good company.

The Jackets go back to familiar territory.  Going back to Alamo Stadium Friday afternoon.  And playing the number one team out of District 15-4A, DII, Corpus Christie West Oso.  Their 7-4 record looks familiar.  They too won a tough and close game against Port Isabel.  West Oso will throw the football a lot.

As I said last week, I expect our defense to play great.  Because it is outstanding ( Allowing 17.9 Points per game).  Llano has players that are not ready to call it a season.  These seniors have played their hearts out.  All Jackets should be so proud. But juniors and sophomores never understand that moment, when it may be your last play.  Llano is very capable of going into an elite class by winning this second game in the play offs. Being only one of three teams in history is exciting, and should be humbling.  For some strange reason, I have had a feeling since August about this team.  I had that feeling at the end of the first quarter against Hondo.  I never thought Llano would lose.  And I feel strongly, the Jackets will beat West Oso. 8-4 would look nice. Elite.

 

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Defense, Special Teams Set Tone for Victory in San Angelo

A Blocked punt, 3 interceptions, an 84 yard punt return pushed the 2018 Yellowjackets record to 4-1 that earned Llano a victory over a large homecoming crowd in San Angelo Friday night. The Jacket defense just about played a complete game against the Chiefs of Lake View.  The Jacket defense forced a punt or held on fourth down on 6 series. The secondary defenders of junior Justin Yocum, senior Christian Kirby, and senior Presley Lynch each picked off Chief passes. Add a defensive blocked punt, and then to top it off, junior Quincy Prince did his magic with a breath taking 84 yard punt return for a TD.

The Jacket defense was bending at times.  But Llano players were relentless.  And maybe the most improved part of the Jacket defense maybe the secondary tackling.  Few times do these guys miss.  Thomas Adams, Mason Brooks, Christian, senior Dylan Inge, Justin, Presley, junior Logan Duggar, senior Ethan Tisdale and Joe Pogany all know how to tackle and bring a ball carrier to the ground. Presley on one series was in on every tackle, and then intercepted on third down. Best secondary I have seen in may years.

Logan Duggar ( 23 solo tackles), Mason Baker ( 32 solo tackles), Drew Cooper, and Quentin Franklin (23 solo tackles) are playing lights out defense.  Holy smokes.  I know they make mistakes.  But the hustle.  Jacob Cruz is a monster. And Adams along with sophomore Guillermo Davila are trying to make Llano fans forget about last season’s front four. Guillermo I think blocked the punt of the Chiefs in the second quarter.  Junior Ryan Warner keeps making key plays. And senior Kalen Dodson is making play after play.  Great effort. And # 10.  A sophomore.  Moved up this week from JV.  Aiden Cuthbertson.  Man, who let you loose.  Great addition. This defense is exciting.  And I do not think they will be backed down by anyone we play.  Just tremendous effort on all parts.

Oh yes…our offense showed up too!!   Several things to note.  The best thing I see about our offense is 10 players handled the football.  Either catching passes….senior Brooks Keele ( 3 catches), Quincy, sophomore Case Kuykendall (7 catches, 116 yards, one TD), senior Kendall Downey ( 4 catches), Ethan Tisdale ( 3 catches), senior Dylan Inge, and Yocum.  Or running the football…Mason Brooks, Donaven Arellano, Justin, Quincy, and Kendall, along with senior quarterback Cade Fly.  Strong group.

Cade was 20 for 30 passing…269 yards.  Just another day at the office for Cade.  But he spreads the ball around.  Hard to double up on anyone.  Always a threat to run, but this season Cade has been more selective.  His awareness very good.  Maybe why Jackets are averaging about 35 points per game.

High point maker was sophomore Diego Miguel.  3 extra points, two field goals, each 33 yards.  Nice nights work! ( Cade is his holder)

The offensive line is gaining confidence.  I can see it. Alex Shaw, Ethan Eastwood, senior Tyler Lindell, Jason Stark, junior Jose Villa, Heath Godfrey, and sophomore Luke Hicks. Ends Ivan Godo and Pogany even throw a few blocks.

Penalties are getting better…that does not sound right…anyway….let’s get that down to 3-4 a game…winning football.

We rest for a day or so.  With no game this week, the Jackets go to work harder.  Great TEAMS DO.  New season beginning October 12 in Jacket Stadium.  Navarro comes to Llano.  No time for party.  Llano shoulda, coulda beat Navarro last season.  This season it can.  But it starts now.  Prepare. Work hard.  Work smart. Be the first team to ever beat Navarro.  This Jacket can be that team.

Have a few other tid bits, but will save until later in the week…or make corrections from this week.  4-1…EVEN SOUNDS NICE!!

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Success In Brady, Not All Apple Pie

The 47-28 victory by the Llano Yellowjackets Friday night in Brady came with some hurt.  The possible loss of senior receiver Brooks Keele to an injury quieted the crowd, and sunk the Jacket team with an emotional blow. Keele’s 3 catches for 42 yards lead the team in catches, but the fourth quarter injury still put a damper on an other wise very good night. Keel’s ability to play again this season is not known at this time.

Llano began by giving the football to senior Mason Brooks. Mason had two carries for 21 yards and set up the Cade Fly to junior Quincy Prince with a strike over the middle for 43 yards and a TD.  Prince would catch another TD before halftime for 64 yards.  Senior Dalton Moore had two carries before Quincy’s catch to set up that score.  Dalton ran two times for 25 yards. All in all, the runs set up the passing game.  Senior quarterback Cade Fly had his best night of the young season, hitting 10 of 18 passes for over 200 yards. But make no mistake, the Jacket running game is in good hands.  Brooks and Moore and are good running backs.  Both very different.  And now that Donovan Arredondo has started carrying part of the load, the Jackets can be hard to manage.  Donavan had over 50 yards rushing, Moore, averaged over 12 yards a try, and Mason had over 170 yards rushing.

Seven Jackets caught passes.  Quincy, Keele, Dalton, senior Ethan Tisdale, senior Thomas Adams, sophomore Case Kuykendall, and senior Kendall Downey. Add in a few runs by Fly when he sees a little light, and the 47 points were the nice result.

Just a moment on a great night again by a defense that gets better every week.  Brady had some very fast and tough running backs.  But the defense had four,  3 plays and punt, and forced two fumbles.  Great nights by Jacob Cruz, Mason Baker, Presley Lynch, and Logan Duggar.  Sometimes these guys are out of control.  And with senior Drew Cooper manning the front four, Llano has a defense.  Quinton Franklin, Ryan Warner, Jose Villa, Kendall, Mason, Justin Yocum.  All come to play.  Alex Shaw is making noises.  So is Guillermo Davila.  Good aggressive play. And seniors Christian Kirby  and Kaleb Dodson play hard every play.  Case Kuykendall from the safety position made a great tackle that saved a TD.  Tyler Lyndell and Ryan Warner are always in on the action.  Love it!!

But this week, the offensive line needs a nod.  Maybe even more than that.  Tyler, Shawn Hensley, Ryan, Ethan Eastwood, Villa, Heath Godfrey, big Alex Shaw, Joe Pogany, Luke Hicks…these guys are playing very very good.  We all recognize the Jackets have a few skill players.  Skills are hard to show off when you are tackled before you hand off or throw.  That was a worry three weeks ago.  My confidence in these lineman has grown.  This unit is doing a good job.  And getting better each week will allow our skill folks to do even more. It’s called getting better every week.

The 2-1 Jackets are back at Jacket Stadium this Friday night for Homecoming. Lago Vista will play their best game against Llano.  Llano will need to play its’ best game to win.  Llano’s success depends on getting better every single week.  Not taking time off because you feel good about last week.  The seniors need to know.  Winning Homecoming is one you will remember for the rest of time.  The Jackets will win because they work harder and then play smarter.  It starts today.

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