The 10th ranked 3A Div.1 Llano Yellow Jackets took care of business at one of the largest gatherings for a Homecoming Game Friday night by the score of 51-12 at Jacket Stadium. It was the 17th straight win at Jacket Stadium, going back to 2019. Llano now stands 2-0 in District 13 play, with the stronger side of the district play coming up. Llano travels to the 5-1 Randolph this week, playing in San Antonio.
The defense allowed Lulling only 174 yards Friday night. Four big plays by the Eagles neted 132 yards, and two touchdowns. The other 33 plays neted only 47 total yards. The Jackets forced Lulling to punt 7 times, and Llano recovered one fumble. Seniors Jaxon Rhea and Cole Franklin each caused a fumble. 19 Jackets were in on tackles, with senior Hayden Manahan leading the defense with 15. Brock Fly and Fitz Kennedy each had 6. Jaxon had 7 and Cole had 8 stops. Seniors Bryce Mize, Brock and Kyle Gilliland each had a quarterback sack. Especially strong play came from linebacker Ricky De La Torre, Luke Turner and secondary players Caden Bauman, Isaiah Bush and junior Braeden Hatfield. The defense this year is allowing less than 15 points per game.
The Jackets will be tested this week against Randolph. The Ro-Hawks are 5-1 and 1-1 in District play. Big night for the Llano offense. Junior quarterback Briggs Green was 16 of 24 passing, for 259 yards, his best night passing. His favorite target this week was Jackson Dillard, who had 6 catches for 125 yards and 4 TD catches, a school record. 7 Players caught passes. Carson Kuykendall played his usual great game, running for 115 yards on 15 carries. Carson only had one carry in the second half as Llano had a 30-6 lead. Seniors Miguel Hernandez and Remington Hipp ran very strong, as did junior Dusty Miller, when he was not playing tough on defense.
Players that have come on so strong this season are Ulisses Martinez, Isaiah Bush and Charlie White. All so quick, and few times does a receiver get behind them. Really top in players.
The offensive line has gotten better each week. Mistakes are fewer, and blocking has been dominating. Senior center Jaxon Lange is making a name for himself, in a long line of past greats that have played the center position. Three year starter Ross Edwards mauls players every Friday night. Tremendous talent. Senior Hudson Godfrey improves each week, along with his duties on defense. Senior Brannen Green is only 1/2 step behind his other teammates, and seems to be catching up with each snap. And then its nice to know juniors Dylan Green , Donaven Rodriguez, Frank Machuga, Hunter Brown and J.J. Vaughn are all playing at a top level and will return next year.
Want to point out great play of senior Daniel Sandoval.. So steady every week in the offensive line. And just as strong on defense. Just a very smart and consistant player. Can say the same about senior Russell Nelson. Plays hard every play. These players not taking plays off is why the Jacket of 2022 may be very special.
Again see tremendous blocking effort down field, none better than senior Coy Kelso, along with being one of the best possession receivers on the team. Parker Parish, a junior does the same. And loved seeing senior Sam Sultenfuss catching an 18 yard TD pass from Briggs. Alex Kachura and Ross Prokop are not always measured in the stats but are so good at so many little things. Trying to watch each of these players make this team so much fun to watch, or try to watch.
The 6-0 Jackets travel to San Antonio Friday night to play a good Randolph team. The strong running attack of the Ro hawks will be a test for our veteran team. Senior running back Colton Howard had over 1,300 yards last season and was the District MVP with 16 touchdowns. 8 starting players from last season offense return from this 6-5 team of last season and they expect to beat Llano. This will be no Cole. The Ro Hawks took Blanco to the mat before losing 10-7 last Friday night. Expect Randolph to be hot out the gate and be ready for the Jackets. Llano also, will be ready. This is the time of the year that every player takes the responsibility on his own, to be better, and to get better. Llano by 14.