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.


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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