MARBLE FALLS—We don’t only dig around for the bad news. Like everyone else, good news tastes as good to us as a Paula Deen brownie—loaded with non-fattening wonders.
The Llano High 7-on-7 Jackets shook off a rough outing in Bandera, June 16, to (finally) take down the Mustangs two games to one, June 19. If it’s Tuesday, it must be Marble Falls.
“We all came out to play,” said Sawyer Stiles, “and we were having fun. It’s a great feeling, always good to win.”
Stiles followed a Rhett Brooks-to-Matthew Center touchdown by grabbing a short pass on the 45-yard field from Layton Rabb to give Llano a 13-7 lead in the opening encounter. Wil Siegenthaler, Carter Tatsch, Isaac Hutto, and Center had all caught aerials to set up the Stylish TD.
The home team tied matters in the contest before Brooks completed throws to everyone but his brother, the coach, Trey Brooks. David Cortez had a big reception to the 16; Center hauled in the next two releases; it was Hutto to the one, and Siegenthaler claimed the remaining three feet.
The Jackets had their first summertime win over a fine offensive bunch, 20-13.
“It was a real good rebound from the Bandera games,” Trey insisted. “Whatever the reason, we had more giddy-up.” We won’t forward this to Trey’s English professor at A&M.
Siegenthaler and Deven Mayne had two good defensive plays in the middle game, and Rhett booked passage on a 39-yard flight to Isaac. Center got the score.
Marble Falls took a 14-6 advantage on a Michael Richardson pass. Rabb combined with Deven on an artistic 11-yard toss-and-squeeze, but the two-point conversion failed, and the Purple had the decision.
Tatsch authored a magnificent rejection of a Richardson liftoff to Carson Bowen in the rubber match.
Rabb, though, was down 7-0, when he found Cassidy Pitcox for a completion and Cortez for the touchdown. David then did one of those body flips everyone applauds because 1) It was a beauty! and 2) He did it so you didn’t have to.
The ball was in Rhett’s hands for the climactic drive. He shared it Stiles, Hutto, Siegenthaler, and Center to the three, and back to Isaac for the winning six. 13-7 was the final.
“What a change,” exclaimed Trey. “There’s confidence here to build on.”
Rory Mayne, Deven’s dad and a coach in 7-on-7, observed: “There were few dropped balls; practice has helped alleviate that problem.
“When they want to play, they can. This shows what they can do when they put their minds to it.”