Llano football team looks ‘sharp’ during scrimmage against Early, Canyon Lake

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF

LLANO — While it is difficult to gauge a team’s performance during a controlled scrimmage, the Llano High School football squad displayed a lot of positives against Early and Canyon Lake on Aug. 16.

The Yellowjackets scored twice against Early and once against Canyon Lake off passes from senior quarterback Layton Rabb.

Against Early, a touchdown came on a 53-yard pass to junior receiver Tommy Yelvington and another pass to junior Jalen Bauman.

Against Canyon Lake, senior running back Carter Tatsch caught a screen pass that he turned into a 70-yard touchdown.

“We were very pleased,” Llano head coach Craig Slaughter said. “We looked sharp, took care of the ball.”

The Yellowjackets already know what they’re getting in Rabb and Tatsch. Neither disappointed, Slaughter said.

But what might have surprised fans was Rabb’s running ability. He scrambled for 29 yards on one play and for 57 yards on another, both by running the zone read.

“(The defense) covers everything,” Slaughter said. “The quarterback is all on his own. When the defense plays everything correctly, Rabb can make a play with his legs. It’s a weapon, it’s tough to account for and it relieves pressure, really, on the offensive line. Usually, the defensive ends can’t run up the field.”

During the offseason, Rabb added about 15 pounds, which should help him be more durable, Slaughter said.

Coaches were eager to see how some of the newest members of the varsity would perform. Slaughter said their play was very encouraging, especially from linemen Cody Harp, Colton Ekstrom, Colton Center and Blaine Steffen and fullback and linebacker Lance Reven. Senior receiver and safety Sawyer Stiles also played well, he added.

“We thought they did great,” Slaughter said.

The Yellowjackets welcome Florence for their final scrimmage at 6:30 Aug. 22 at Llano Stadium, 400 Texas 71 East.

jfierro@thepicayune.com