The Llano Yellowjackets placed 9 seniors on the 25-3A All-District team. Seniors Matthew Ratliff, Preston Rabb , Sterling Jameson, Raven Harron, Jordan Cavness, Travis Lawrence, Justin Saverance, Davis Hill, and Kenneth Smith were the seniors honored. The big salute to Llano by Liberty Hill, Salado, Lampasas, Taylor and Burnet was to vote Justin Saverance as the Districts’ Most Valuable Player. This hornor is one few Jackets ever see. To my memory, it was 1997 when Bradley Kassell received the same mention. When a player makes that list, it is from respect, because others from the district certainly received more headlines. Also of note, center Kenneth Smith was first team. Making the first team at center is also very prestigious. Ken had a great season, and the honor was well deserved.
Travis was honored as a first team defensive lineman, and second team offensive lienman. Sterling also was on both teams, first team defense, and second team offense.
I too think the last time a Jacket was first team quarterback was Kassell, but I need to check to see where Brooks from two years ago landed on his All-District team, but Preston Rabb’s honor is hard to get. Added also was first teamer Matthew Ratliff on offense, although he had a very big impact for the Jackets on defense, but was over-looked there.
Seniors Davis Hill and Raven Herron were on the second team defense, and both had great senior years. and Jordan cavness had a super year at punter, and was on the second team. His play at defensive end was also over-looked, but he had a very good season even with injuries.
Seniors that will be missed are Cody Wisdom, Michael Rusche, Zach Berry, Taylor Osbourn, John McCay, and Ian Mayne. McCay is in the Jacket record books at his split end position, and Osbourn really played well in district play. I thought he might make it on the second team as an offensive lineman. Cody played very well, as did Zach who had a very fine senior season. While Mayne got hurt, he was very good when he had his chances. Rusche drew the short straw when it came to guarding top offensive split ends all season, and still played well in a very tough position.
Coming back for 2011 will be Cody Lang, and Jordan Johnson, both will be seniors, and could both be really, really good. Both sophomores in Rhett Brooks and Matt Center were second team All-District, and both should be very big factors as juniors. Rhett likely will be the starting quarterback
2010 was an exciting year, and the 6-5 record reflected a very hard schedule. Beating Fredericksburg, Lampasas, and Taylor, all previously in 4-AAAA would have be considered great in all other seasons. The Jackets expected more, and made the play-offs five time in six seasons under Head Caoch David Yeager.
2011 will be just as difficult as 2010. But returning letterman, and good juniors and sophomore will again prove that LLano has quailty football players, just not always quantity. The 2010 seniors were but 15, usually not a number needed to reach the play-offs. Most schools reaching the play-offs in 3-AAA will have 20 plus seniors. The 2010 senioirs will always know they played their best, and with great pride.