The Llano Yellowjackets travel to Pflugerville Friday night to take on Marion in the Bi District contest. Llano played Marion last year in the same contest and the Jackets won that game, played in Kerrville.
Marion carries a 7-3 record into the game. Llano, District Champions in 13-3AAA, are 7-2, and went undefeated in district play. Llano’s offense scored 125 points and the defense surrendered only 12 points in 4 District games.
The Jacket offense is lead by senior quarterback Maddox Green. Green has over 1,500 yards passing this season, and has thrown 17 TD passes, with only 3 interceptions. Maddox has caught a TD pass, and run for 183 yards.
Juniors dominate the next group of statistics. Junior Carson Kuykendall has 668 yards rushing, and 124 yards receiving. Junior Miguel Hernandez has 575 yards rushing and 79 receiving yards. Junior Brock Fly has 127 yards rushing.
Yellowjacket receivers are many: Junior Sam Sueltenfuss has 29 receptions and 494 yards, with 8 TD catches. Junior Ross Prokop has 31 receptions and 380 yards. Coy Kelso has 12 receptions and 176 yards, but most amazing is his 5 clutch TD catches. Junior Jackson Dillard has 9 catches and 179 yards and a TD. Miguel with 16 catches, Jenin Bastyens with a catch, Brock with one, Parker Parrish 3 catches, Ulisses Marinez has two catches and 36 yards rushing. And much injured Jordan Coronado is back in the saddle and can catch and run. Llano had 12 players catch a pass so far this season, and 12 to carry the football. Jackson Dillard also has thrown a TD pass to Maddox. Lots of weapons.
The offensive line has become special. Senior Zach Watson leads a small group, and all have played exceptional…Seniors Matthew Whitley maybe the best. Juniors Ross Edwards, Daniel Sandoval, Jaxon Lange, and Hudson Godfrey are playing like seniors.. And sophomores Dylan Kennedy, Donavan Simmons and Tanner Howell are tremendous. These players have helped Llano average 32 points per game.
The defense has been outstanding. As a fan, I’m just as comfortable when the other team has the ball as when the Jackets have the ball. Our big four control the games. Junior Jaxon Rhea and senior Zack Watson have been monsters, and many times both are playing on both sides of the ball. Linebackers Hayden Manahan and Ricky de la Torre better than last year. But after that, so many players have stepped up to make great plays and make for a great defense. Few better than Issaiah Bush and Aiden Hendrickson. Have played so hard. And River Smith has been doing it all. River really cloggs up the middle with Rhea and Watson. Makes life easy for the linebackers. Love seeing senior Kaden Raborn getting plays and making plays. Sophomore Donavan Simmons-Rodriguez and Tanner Howells are getting better every game. And juniors Cole Franklin and Daniel Sandoval are playing at a high level. Senior Matthew Whitley is playing on defense some, and he is good. Sophomores Parker Parrish and Jordan Coranado are sure future starters.
The secondary has 12 interceptions, lead by junior Caden Bauman with 4. Sophomore Fitz Kennedy has two with two sacks. Very good young player. Senior Aiden Guido is having a strong senior year. Isaiah has two interceptions, as does Jackson. Coy, Hayden and Sam are very good in the secondary. Briggs Green also has an interception. Great young sophomore.
The Jackets cannot sleep on Marion. They have beat seven pretty good teams this season. And after last years game, you can be sure this too is a revenge game for the Bulldogs. They return 15 starters from that team. So there will be plenty of players that remember. Llano’s offense can score anytime. Our defense can stop anyone. Our confidence should be at the top of the charts, but not over confident. Few mistakes, and Llano brings home # 8.