The 3-2 Yellowjackets may be as healthy as they are going to get. Still many players (we are not suppose to mention names) likely will not play again this season. Depth is always a concern. Running back is thin. Still, there is talent that can run the football. Senior Preston Rabb will not be able to pass this team to victories. We have seen senior Sterling Jameson go 90 yards on a single carry. We all hope that senior Justin Saverance gets the ball enough every game to be a difference. His longest run of 75 yards can happen on any play. Cody Greer, a junior should be healthy. His bowling ball style is a complete contrast to the other Jacket runners. Same can be said of sophomore Rhett Brooks. Different and productive. And Rabb’s 70 yard romp a few weeks back too can be a factor. What I am trying to say is the committee attack could be killer against some teams, and Llano has enough speed to make all defense not gamble on blitzing.
The passing game has been very good at times. Receivers such as senior John McKay, Saverance, and sophomore Matthew Center have all shown skills with the catch and running after the catch. Rabb is over 50% in completions, and it will take that to win. The key as always is offensive line blocking and at the same time not holding. The Jackets have cut their penalty yards in half from last season. That continued discipline is what it will take to compete in District 25-3AAA.
Matthew Ratliff, Zack Berry and Travis Lawrence are three seniors that must play lights out over the next five weeks. These senior lineman can be the difference in the Jackets getting maximum production from the running game and pass protection. They will not ba able to take a play off. 25-3 AAA is that strong.
Texas Football picked Lampasas to make it to the quarterfinals this season. Yet they picked Burnet to win the district! Liberty Hill stands at the same record as Llano, 3-2. Taylor runs the slot-t. So, three of the first four Jacket district foes run the slot-t. As we know, Head coach David Yeager brought the slot-t to Llano five years ago, and stayed with it until this pass spring, when he changed over to a spead type attack. The slot-t wears teams down. Imagine sometimes a defensive tackle might see 40 plays in a game run right at him. That kind of pounding started to pay off by the fourth quarter. Now Llano will face similiar game plan. It takes endurance, and sure tackeling, plus very strong linebacker play to stop this offense. Davis Hill, Sterling, Travis, senior Jordan Caveness, and the safties will all be tested.
The Llano Taylor game is at home. the over-all record is now 3-3 with the Ducks. Beating Taylor at home is a must win for Llano. Later in this week, I’ll make a prediction on the outcome.