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MARBLE FALLS — During the first day of the Hill Country Passing League, Llano 7-on-7 coach Trey Brooks noticed the Yellowjackets were winded after a shutout win against Faith Academy.

After that, Llano didn’t win another game.

So Llano had some conditioning practices to help.

The result was playing Burnet to a 0-0 tie and a much better effort against Marble Falls.

“We fought a little bit more, but we have room to improve,” Brooks said. “We’re getting progressively better as we go along.”

He was happy with the tie against the Bulldogs, commending his players for their effort, especially on defense.

“That was big,” he said. “We played defense, we competed harder and made two goal-line stands. We didn’t back down.”

Brooks also was happy with younger brother Rhett Brooks’ progress. Rhett is expected to be the starting quarterback in 2011.

Trey said his brother is starting to recognize what he didn’t do well without being told by coaches, which is a positive.

“I felt like we didn’t execute well on offense in either game on second and short, third and short,” Trey said. “We want to compete and take advantage of those opportunities.”

Rhett agreed, especially against Burnet.

“Offensively, we could have played better,” he said. “Defensively, we played a lot better. We need to complete more passes.”

jfierro@thepicayune.com