Llano dropped its first two games of the boys basketball season last week and made a trip to Canyon Lake Tuesday before breaking for the Thanksgiving holiday. On Saturday, Nov. 22, the Jackets had a slow start against an athletic Georgetown East View squad, but rallied to make the game interesting before losing.
Llano opened its season on Tuesday with a guardheavy squad. The Jackets have four veterans from last year’s rotation that will start the season, including the backcourt tandem of Joey Albor and Jai Bhakta. Logan Bauer also returns after earning a lot of minutes last year for the first team to make the playoffs in 18 years for the Jackets.
The Llano Lady Jackets will compete in the San Saba Tournament, starting Thursday. The tournament will be a pool play tournament with eight teams. The Lady Jackets are in the B pool with Brownwood, Hico and Bangs. The A pool will include host San Saba, Faith Academy of Marble Falls, Early and Cherokee.
Llano’s Luke Snitkin caught a 10-yard touchdown pass for the Jackets lone score in the team’s 61-7 loss to Geronimo Navarro in the team’s season finale Friday night. The Jackets finish the season at 2-8 and winless in District 13- 4A Division II. Navarro improved to 9-1 and unbeaten in district play, utilizing a devastating defense and strong running game.
It was an exciting day for the Llano Youth Football and Cheer teams as they played football games at Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium to end their season. The games are designed to be fast paced and fun for all of the kids and coaches as there are games being played on each half of the field. The Llano JV played two 30 minute games (with a running clock, no special teams and no quarter or halftime breaks), while the Llano Varsity played three 20 minute games. Both Llano teams played extremely well as the third and fourth finished their season with a perfect 10-0 record. The fifth and sixth graders finished 8-3.
It was a great day for the Llano Youth Football program Saturday. For the first time, both of the Llano Youth Football teams were playing in the Hill Country Youth Football League championship Super Bowl. The junior varsity third and fourth graders battled the Brady Bulldogs while the varsity fifth and sixth graders took on the undefeated Lago Vista Vikings. After the dust had settled at the end of theday, both teams were hoisting the Super Bowl trophy as league champions.
Llano continued its ability to come up with big plays on defense Friday in the team’s 28-0 loss to the Hondo Owls at Hondo. The Jackets recovered three fumbles, but were unable to capitalize for points. Stetton Watson, Collin Mayne and Dorian Green had fumble recoveries. Wyatt Bauman and Watson caused fumbles.
Llano closed out its volleyball season on Tuesday with the Salado Eagles on the road. The Jackets dropped their battle with Taylor on Oct. 24 at home, 25-21, 16-25, 20-25, 22-25. Lacey Redden had 13 kills and Kaymon Lange eight to pace the attack. Others with kills were Claire Williams five, Ciarra Deats four, Lexi Lucas four, Naysa Napolez two, and Meredith Moore and Christy Vassar with one each.
The Lytle Pirates rallied for 14 points in the fourth quarter to hand the Llano Yellow Jackets a 34-31 loss in District 13-4A, Division II action Friday at Jacket Stadium. Llano (2-6, 0-2) had led for most of the game before running back Christian Cedeno warmed up in the fourth quarter.
Llano fell to 0-7 in district play with a pair of losses to Liberty Hill and Burnet. On Friday Oct. 17, the Lady Jackets fell to Burnet, 12-25, 22-25, 20-25 Against the Bulldogs, Lacey Redden had 12 kills while Claire Williams, Kaymon Lange and Lexi Lucas added five each. The Lady Jackets close out the season with matches against Lampasas, Taylor and Salado. The Salado match is the only road match on Oct. 27.