The 2020 season may just be here. Not one to want to jinx anything, but 50 hours or so from now the Yellowjackets will take the field in a scrimmage against the Lakeview Chiefs. I have never been a big fan of scrimmages, but I’ve become one. This scrimmage not only shows the hardwork of two football teams, but with all that is going on in the world, this scrimmage took a family….took a village….and took diligent effort by thousands of people to see Texas high school football get back on the field.
I want to talk about football, not the world order. So let’s begin. The move of Llano to Class 3AAA this past February by the Texas UIL has been long overdue. The Jackets have fought the wars every fall Friday nights for at least the last 25 years, and so often with a short stick. Having Burnet, Wimberley, Navarro, Cuerro, Bandera, and Fredericksburg either on the schedule or in the District made Jacket football often an uphill battle. Playing schools many times with twice the enrollment size was just tough. Not impossible, but tough. Llano now has a level playing field. And maybe needs to be said, no more excuses. The Jackets can play with anyone on their schedule. And should be picked to win at least 8 of those games. But winning 8 games this season is not the goal. This team has bigger asperations. Goals that have been dreamed about since most of the players were in junior high school.
Llano has 20 seniors on the roster. 20 players that all have a stake in the game. And all have a place and a reason they are where they are today. Tomorrow I will start talking about players…schedule, and anticipation. Anticipation by Yellowjacket lovers everywhere