Offenses roll in Llano's game with Lampasas
October 18, 2013, 9:00 pm by From Staff Reports
By Jim Goodson
Llano kept its playoff hopes alive with a thrilling 58-57 overtime win over Lampasas Friday night.
Senior Sawyer Stiles led a defensive unit that gave up yardage but made big plays when it counted.
Llano went first in the overtime session and scored when senior quarterback Layton Rabb hit senior Isaac Hutto for a 22-yard score. Yellow Jacket David Forrister calmly kicked the extra point and Llano had 58 points.
Now it was Lampasas’ turn to start from 25 yards out. The Badgers, who rushed for 524 yards, scored in four plays. But LHS coach Brian Emerson rolled the dice and decided to go for two and the win. A toss play to speedy Cale Walker failed when Stiles and senior Eli Tiffin stuffed play, starting a wild celebration that’s probably still not over.
"This is the greatest win I’ve ever been associated with,” Llano head coach Craig Slaughter said. "We had an early lead, gave it up then came back. I told the team that we may or may not win – but let’s leave it all on the field. And they did.”
Both teams knew the loser of this game will find it hard to make the playoffs. Llano is 3-4 and 1-1. Lampasas dropped to 2-5 and 0-2.
Lampasas amassed 608 offensive yards and nine touchdowns. Llano rushed for 173 yards and passed for 182 yards (355 total) on its way to eight touchdowns. The Yellow Jackets also scored on a first quarter safety that, together with Forrister’s eight-for-eight PAT kicks, were the difference in the game.
Llano quarterback Rabb completed 14 of 24 passes, threw four touchdown passes and ran for three TDs.
"He was not going to let us lose,” Slaughter said.
But it was Stiles’ defensive play that energized the Yellow Jackets. He backed down Lampases back Steven Jazdak, who rushed for 358 yards on 29 carries, scoring five touchdowns.
"We hit him hard a few times late in the game,” Stiles said. "He’s a good runner and was hard to tackle. But we stayed with it and finally prevailed.”
Rabb, Hutto, Stiles, Tiffin, Carter Tatsch (16 carries for 104 yards), linebacker Caleb Penny and lineman Gilbert Arredondo are all seniors and they made the big plays when needed.
"I’m proud our seniors played so well, but this was a team victory,” coach Slaughter said.
Llano travels to Gatesville next Friday.
For complete coverage, please read Wednesday's Llano County Journal.
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