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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.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 • Posted September 15, 2014
The Llano Youth Football teams opened their season this past weekend at home against the Mason Punchers. The Llano youth football teams compete in the Hill Country Youth Football League which is comprised of two different divisions that are split by school enrollment size. Llano competes in Division II with the following towns: Brady, Mason, San Saba, Blanco, Johnson City, Lago Vista and Llano.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 • Posted September 15, 2014
On a hot, balmy Thursday evening the Bangs Dragons rolled into Llano with the intention of taking down the Llano Junior Varsity Yellow Jacket football team. That intention was all but snuffed out in the first five minutes of the ball game when the Jackets took an early 6 point lead.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 • Posted September 15, 2014
Volleyball matches are settled by either 2 out of 3 in Junior Varsity, or 3 out of 5 for varsity. In the case of the Lady JV Jackets on Friday night in Bangs, it was the best 2 out of 3. Although it is called 1 match, the 3 games can be as different as night and day, this was the situation in Bangs.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 • Updated September 15, 2014 1:03 PM
WACO—It was as majestic as everyone hoped and thought it would be. McLane Stadium, on the Brazos River, the new home of the Baylor Bears, opened its doors for the first college game, August 31, and Art Briles’ team supplied the most important blueprint—a 45-0 whipping of, appropriately enough, a former Southwest Conference foe, SMU. As we drifted in, but didn’t dare go to our seats till we had inspected all that was available, I felt like one of those restaurant owners on Restaurant: I ...
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 • Updated September 15, 2014 1:03 PM
There seem to be more stories in Week One of a sport’s season than any other time. And two bad ones for Texas. Center Dominic Espinosa (from Cedar Park) is out indefinitely with a broken ankle. Quarterback David Ash had concussion-like-symptoms following the 38-7 win over North Texas, and he won’t play against Brigham Young. Head coach Charlie Strong said the right things: “You’re always concerned about a young man’s health.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 • Updated September 15, 2014 1:02 PM
It’s Texas and in Texas, football is king; just don’t tell these ladies on the volleyball court that. When Bandera came to town, they came with a passion to dominate the Junior Varsity Lady Jackets, however, that was not the case. The Bulldogs definitely had a height advantage over the team from Llano and came out slamming hard, winning the first game 25-16 behind consistent play from their side of the net and some help from the Jackets that were not as consistent. Game two started much ...
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 • Updated September 15, 2014 1:02 PM
No one enjoys—or even wants to tolerate—a 33-point loss, but it was the kind of defeat you don’t go around cussing out the boys or dismissing the fact there were a few steps taken toward respectability. “It’s crazy, {but} I think we played pretty well,” said Llano head coach Craig Slaughter.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted September 15, 2014
JUNCTION—There have been tough workouts for football players from Jim Thorpe at Carlisle to the Canton Bulldogs of the NFL in the 1920s; from Army in the ‘40s to Wilkinson, Royal, Belichick, and Saban. No one who follows the sport doubts any of that, but of all the (near) torture young men have faced, no challenge, no burden, no hardship, have earned a more famous—or infamous—description as “The Junction Boys.” Paul “Bear” Bryant took 111 Texas A&M Aggies to this middle-of-now ...
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted September 15, 2014
Gosh, it seems like only yesterday there were 19 football shows on TV, and it was! The minor difference in 2014 and 1954 is there have been 19 shows on football EVERY day since Seattle slammed Denver, 43-8, in the Super Bowl. But we’re here to talk the Big 12, which is trumpeting the fact it has One True Champion, which means, “It’s ten vs.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Updated September 15, 2014 11:09 AM
You want something different from a player or coach, when the question concerns a discussion of the hopes of your team? I have just the man: Longhorns’ cornerback, Quandre Diggs. At Big 12 Football Media Days, July 22, I tossed him a softball, wanting his thoughts on the 2014 season.