Llano battles in 16-13 loss
September 27, 2013, 11:50 pm by Mark Goodson
Llano battled Fredericksburg from start to finish Friday night, but were unable to come up with a victory on the Billies homecoming night at Billie Stadium.
Fredericksburg survived with some late heroics and took a 16-13 win over the Jackets.
Llano is 2-3 and facing two weeks to get ready for the District 8-3A opener at Liberty Hill Oct. 11.
The Yellow Jackets played with spunk and firepower and almost pulled off the win after trailing all night.
Fredericksburg took the game when the Billies capitalized on field position late in the game.
With 3:48 left, Fredericksburg had the Jackets backed up at their own 3-yard line after a deep punt with the wind.
Llano quarterback Holden Simpson was caught for a safety when he tried to pass out of the end zone and didnít get the ball past the line of scrimmage when a Billie defender came crashing in on the play.
Llano was forced to free kick after the safety and Fredericksburg was able to pick up two first downs and run off eight plays to run on the final 3:45 of the game.
Llano didnít show much offense in the first half, sticking with a steady diet of running Carter Tatsch up the middle.
But in the second half, the team took fire when Simpson was able to connect with speedy Chance Ware on a post pattern and Ware turned it up for a 51-yard touchdown and tied th game wit David Forresterís PAT kick with 6:26 left in the third quarter.
Fredericksburg, which relied on its speedy running back Paco Martinez most of the night, retook the lead at 14-7 with 2:02 left when Martinez raced in from 17 yards.
Llano put together an excellent nine-play, 90-yuard drive in the fourth quarter and Simpson hit Isaac Hutto on a slant pattern from 16-yard out. Hutto made a late adjustment to the ball and snagged the ball against solid defense from the Fredericksburg defender.
With momentum on its side, Llano went for two and the lead instead of tying the game with an extra-point kick. A Fredericksburg defender put on a heavy rush and deflected Simpsonís throw leaving the score, 14-13.
Llano forced a three-and-out on the next possession, but the Fredericksburg punter uncoiled a 55-yard punt that was called down at the Llano 3-yard line.
For complete coverage, please read Wednesday's Llano County Journal.
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