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Posted October 13, 2014
WIMBERLEY—It was a nasty 24-minute run, from the first play from scrimmage to the merciless end of the first half. The Texans, 4-2 with four straight wins, scored on a 59-yard pass 14 seconds into the contest, rolled to a 45-0 lead, and walloped the Llano High Jackets, 52-20, in the district 13-4A opener on a windy October 10 night. Touchdowns were more prevalent in the first and second quarters on the Wimberley FieldTurf than sunshine in August. Holden Simpson did throw two TD passes in t ...
Posted October 6, 2014
By Art Dlugach SALADO—Holden Simpson fired three touchdown passes, the Jacket running game was superb, and so was the defense in a 34-13 whipping of Salado, October 3. The victory for Llano (2-4) broke a three-game losing streak. Simpson and Tommy Yelvington teamed for two scores in the first quarter, while Colton Ekstrom fell on a fumble in the end zone in the second period, and Llano led, 20-0 at the half. Lance Reven ran for a score in the third, and Airon Layton caught a Simpson aer ...
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 • Posted October 3, 2014 • Photos
The first play from scrimmage was about as bad as it could be, and it established the personality of a 38-0 halftime lead for San Angelo Lake View on the Jackets’ Homecoming Night. Respectability was pursued—and achieved—in a valiant manner after intermission, but it provided just a consolation prize. 45-7 was the final. “Inability to run the ball in the first half,” said head coach Craig Slaughter, “when you absolutely had to have it,” was a major reason for the setback. Antho ...
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 • Posted October 3, 2014
The Llano Youth Football and Cheer teams played host to the Johnson City Eagles this past Saturday, and as they had done the week before, both teams left the field with shutout victories. At the midway point of the season, the Junior Varsity team sits atop the standings with a perfect 4-0 record while the Varsity team has battled to a 2-2 record with only two close losses blemishing their record.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 • Posted October 3, 2014 • Photos
HORSESHOE BAY—A man who has been to the summit in golf was there again, September 27. 2004 British Open champion, Todd Hamilton, brought us up to date on his game at Jack Nicklaus’ Summit Rock layout. We have for you a short story of a magnificent triumph, and how such a moment does not guarantee a golfer an appointment sheet of additional major successes. “I was not playing that well before the Open,” Hamilton told me.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 • Posted October 3, 2014 • Photos
Tuesday night was filled with excitement and activities all over the town of Llano but the most excitement was on the floor of the Llano High School gymnasium where the Junior Varsity Lady Jackets played host to the longhorns from Harper, Texas. After dropping the first set Coach Aimee Brown’s team came to life and turned the match into their favor.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 • Updated September 24, 2014 4:44 PM • Photos
Another fine performance by Llano’s Grayson Freeman in the Pflugerville Cross Country Invitational. Freeman traveled three miles in Northeast Metropolitan Park in 17 minutes, 24 seconds, to finish second, September 12, to Burnet’s Drew Kiser in the Class 4A division. “I paced myself,” said Freeman, “running the first mile in 5:05,” as opposed to 4:55 in Llano eight days before.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 • Posted September 24, 2014 • Photos
Yes, the Llano volleyball Jackets were swept at Comfort, September 12, but they played in their first five-game match of the season, September 9, at Lago Vista and claimed victory. That triumph offered a bonus, as the Vikings—a very good team—had beaten Llano in four games, August 18. “We did things we had to do to win,” said head coach John Black.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 • Posted September 24, 2014 • Photos
Considering how badly the offense played—giving new meaning to the word “offensive,” it is remarkable to report Llano came within two plays of beating Brady. No, no, we are not talking about some 92-yard kickoff return and a 47-yard pass interception that resulted in six. The Jacket defense—which was superb and added four interceptions to match that robust total against Bangs—needed two stops for victory, but the Bulldogs scored on a third-and-12 situation from the 16 of Llano to win ...
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 • Posted September 24, 2014
The Llano Youth Football and Cheer teams traveled to Lago Vista this past Saturday and a great contingent of Llano fans braved the chilly, rainy weather to watch two exciting and hard fought football games. Llano has now faced two of the top teams in the Hill Country Youth Football League in consecutive weeks as both Lago Vista teams were undefeated coming into this past week’s contests.
Posted September 20, 2014
FREDERICKSBURG—John McEnroe, the tennis star turned announcer, used to say in his numerous heated moments: “You can’t be serious!” Jalen Bauman, the man who was to be the centerpiece of the Llano High football Jackets (1-3), lasted one play on the Billies’ Homecoming Night, and the LHS rivals proceeded to carve out a 30-0 victory. Bauman carried the ball on the first play from scrimmage and injured his right knee.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 • Posted September 15, 2014
It was Wednesday morning, September 3, and Mack Brown wanted to talk football. And that he did, before a most appreciative crowd of 250 at the Horseshoe Bay Sports Club. “The playoffs are good,” the UT-coach-turned-ESPN- analyst said. “The fans deserve the best teams.” College football will wind up with a Final Four instead of a Final Two, but Brown would like eight in the tournament. “People get mad if you don’t play tough teams,” we were advised about non-conference foes, bu ...
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 • Posted September 15, 2014
BANGS—The Lady Jackets, with some vocal encouragement from their coach, opened Llano’s day-night, doubleheader sweep of the Dragons, September 5, with a comeback win in volleyball. The football team got the Ladies’—“see what’s possible when you put your mind to it”—message, and also won. I asked John Black what he said to the team when a 13-4 lead in Game 4 had slipped to 14-9?
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 • Posted September 15, 2014
BANGS—So much was memorable about this visit to the Brownwood area on the first Friday night in September, most of all the 41-21 final. Aaron Moss reminded people the running game should not be as hard to embrace as a tuxedo. Holden Simpson was more accurate than Annie Oakley. And the defense?
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 • Posted September 15, 2014
It was a fine start for the Jacket cross-country team, as the youngsters did well defending their turf in the September 4 Llano Invitational. Grayson Freeman, second in his division, and Elainia Keeney, fifth in hers, are the Black and Orange standard bearers until further notice. It was the beginning of what will be—literally—a four-year run for Keeney.