The 2020 LLano Yellowjackets jumped on host Bandera Friday night early, and never let up. The 52-0 win was a nice pay back from last season when a good Bulldog team beat a good Llano team. Llano moves on with a 3-0 record, playing the #4 ranked San Saba Armadillos in Jacket Stadium this Friday night.
The Jackets did their best to keep their cards close to the vest Friday night, not going early to Quincy Prince or Jared Beasley in the passing game. Senior quarterback Case Kuykendall guided his team with a rushing attack and only one pass attempt in the first quarter. Case scored first from 49 yards out on a scat-back patented run for a 7-0 lead after Diego Perez kicked his 12 consecutive extra point of the young season. There was but 2 minutes 14 seconds gone in the game.
Senior Austin Hulon continued his assault on defenses with his take no prisoners running style. But as the game progressed, junior Abel Prince took his turns, as did Junior Bode Gann, Mason Baker, and Jake Self. All ran hard. Case finished the game with 161 yards rushing.
Eventually we got to see the likes of Quincy taking a 25 yard TD pass from junior quarterback Maddox Green, and Case hitting fleeting wide receiver Jared Beasley for a 50 yard strike. The offense continued the attack. Bode ran a TD in from 17 yards out, and Austin went in from 4 yards in the second quarter. Mason Baker found the goal line in the third quarter. Diego had 4 Touch backs in the first three quarters. Such a blessed weapon. No kick off returns. Oh…and senior Trevor Cowan had his first varsity catch, a 22 yarder for a first down in the first quarter.
Concerns still exist. Junior Zach Watson, along with senior Luke Hicks were seen together on the bench while talking over their injuries. The offensive line still held up Senior center Dalton Enberg is the workhorse, as with fellow lineman Matthew Whitley and Sophomore Rose Edwards. Senior Colin Mayes gets better every game. Jesus Chacon and #68 ( I will find out who you are by next week ) also contributed. Everyone finding their roles.
I often spoken about roles. Loved seeing senior Zane Toney-Fielding get his chances at kicking extra points and kick-offs. He may not beat out Diego, but so good to know he his ready and available. Good job.
Special Team Plus Players: Aiden and Hayden! Great effort.
The defense is good. Very good. But a real test this week against a very good San Saba team. The Armidilloss are 16-1 over the past 17 games. But the cornerbacks of Luke Keller and Abel Prince look secure. Luke got his first interception this season, and decided to just go ahead and take it 45 yards for the TD. Great heads up play. Second week in a row the defense has scored. Odd statistic ….Defensive lineman Cade Ligon leads in the team in tackles, along with cornerback Abel Prince with 23 each. Guess no one told Cade he was a down lineman. And those under classmen!! Hayden Manahan (Sophomore), Jackson Rhea (Sophomore), and linebacker Ricky de la Torre( Sophomore) are superb. The leadership from the seniors still leads the parade. Mason, Lance, Michael Silva, Guillermo Davilla, Anthony Ysais are just getting better. Great leadership. And not to forget senior DB Dillon Milum. Having strong senior year. Still so many tackles made by Aiden Cuthbertson from the safety position. Austin Hulon getting playing time also at safety. I just love the shutout.
San Saba will be no Bandera. From all accounts, this team is for real. Quarterback Shahan is an athlete. His Grandfather, Keith Shahan was a spectacular athlete. I played against him from 1962 thru high school. Good athletic family. Their top defensive player, Logan Glover is a pre-season All-State pick. I think this is right, but let me know if not. Llano last played San Saba in 1995. Very bad blood here for many years. San Saba often beat Llano when Llano could least afford a lost. Llano beat San Saba many times when they were down,…badly. Stopped playing because such dislikes. I love the renewed contest. Great old rivalry, that needed to continue. This time, San Saba is not down. But a Jacket win sure could reignite the old flames.