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. Llano’s teams will now travel to Lampasas Saturday, Sept. 20, as the Llano Junior Varsity will play Blanco at 10 a.m. and the Llano Varsity will play Brady at 2 p.m.
Football teams don’t huddle much any more. But Llano’s varsity football players came together Monday for one of those get your heads together meetings. The coaches and players huddled around for one of those good old-fashioned, get-physical drills.
Quarterback Keegan Hall (7) of Bangs rambles for a gain against Llano defenders.
By Mark Goodson.
Llano scored 27 second half points to break open a close game and defeat the Bangs Dragons Friday at Bangs. The Jackets (1-1) used a balanced attack to take control of the game and level Bangs season record at 1-1. Bangs came into the game off a big win over Ballinger.
Lacey Redden smashed 15 kills to lead the Llano Lady Jackets to a volleyball match victory over Bangs Sept. 5 at Bangs. The varsity won, 15-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-21. Redden also had four blocks, two digs and an ace. Other leaders in kills were Claire Williams with seven, Ciarra Deats five, Kaymon Lange four, Lexi Lucas three and Katelyn Blair one.
Grayson Freeman finished second to lead the Llano boys varsity to a second place team finish in Division II of the Llano Cross Country Invitational Sept. 5 at Llano. Other top finishers were Cole Polley in seventh and Jason Gann in 10th. In the girls varsity division, freshman Elania McCall-Kenney took fifth overall. Heather Shafer was ninth and Mackenzie Johnson 11th.
Llano and Burnet will scrimmage Friday at Bulldog Stadium. It will be the first opportunity for the two rivals to test themselves against outside competition and both teams will be looking for quarterbacks to emerge. Both teams graduated two-year starters in Llano’s Layton Rabb and Burnet’s Derek Kiser.
LCJ Sports Editor Llano volleyball coach John Black said he’s pretty much settled on the Lady Jackets lineup, but he said he’s going to try senior Lacey Redden at a couple of different positions and go from there. The Lady Jackets opened the season Tuesday with a road trip to Sonora. They’ll return to action Friday in the 24-team TEX-fest Tournament in Wimberley.
Highlander Sports Editor Houston’s Bryan Sanders won the Top Fuel Hydro reaching a speed of 221 mph at Sunday’s LakeFest on Lake Marble Falls. Bryan was racing in Nitrochrondriac. Taking second in the fastest boats among the 121 competitors that were entered was Jeff Gregory of Elk Gove, Cal. In E3/ Safety Kleen Whis.