The Llano Yellowjackets, District Champions and winners of 13-3AAA Division 1, travel to Kerrville Friday night to play Marion of District 14, in Bi-District play. This will be the 6th year in a row that Llano has made the State play-offs to play in the Bi-District game. Llano has won the Bi-District game the past two years.
Playing in nearby Kerrville should be good for the Jackets. After missing play over the past two weeks, the lay-off can be good news to all, as Llano gets very well. The season fell funny…with the Jackets last District game coming against Lulling. But Lulling had called in to Llano and said they had too many players out with the Covid-19 virus. With that District forfeiture, the Jacket record moved to 9-0, but left Llano with a 21 day gape between the Bi-District game this Friday night, and the Blanco game played October 23.
We know little about Marion. Last season they had an 8-4 record. Llano has never played the Bulldogs. They are suppose to have a strong running game, strong and big wide receiver in Jayden Williams (6’4, 215), and a very good defense. The Jackets expect to have their hands full in this Bi-District game.
A note of interest. Everyone that Llano played in a game this season made the State play-offs, with the exception of Bandera. I predicted early that I thought Gatesville would win 4 games this season. Ended 4-5 and made that fourth play-off spot in Class 4-AAAA. Also, Sonora made the play-offs with a 4-6 record. Ballinger won their District, and San Saba placed second in their District. Llano beat both of those very good football teams. Thus, helping the Jackets weather thru a very strong District. Lago Vista, picked to win our District by Texas Football, beat Blanco last Friday night to take the second spot in our District, while Blanco placed third, and a good Comfort team placed fourth.
Comfort will be playing Jourdanton, winner of District 14. Jourdanton finished the season with a fine 9-1 record. Blanco plays an 8-2 Poteet team. And Lago Vista plays SA Randolph Thursday night….Randolph finished the season with a 5-4 record. I expect all four District 13 teams to win this week.
The last thing the Jackets need to be thinking about is records and lasting numbers that make no difference this Friday night against Marion. But team goals are real. Llano will be playing for win # 10 Friday night. Only two previous Jackets teams have had double digit wins. In 1994 Llano went 10-0 and won District, as did the 1997 Jackets, that too won District and won their Bi-District game to end up at 11-1. The Jackets goals still are long range. But it begins in Tivy Stadium Friday night in Kerrville. Jackets roll to 10-0.