Llano football aims to start district winning streak

[box]GAMETIME
Llano Yellow Jackets vs. Gatesville Hornets
KICKOFF: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25
WHERE: McKamie Stadium, 205 S. Lovers Lane in Gatesville[/box]

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF

LLANO — Now that the Llano High School football team earned its first District 8-3A victory of the season, the Yellow Jackets are trying to start a winning streak.

But this week’s opponent, Gatesville, is trying to keep from beginning a losing streak.

Llano (3-4, 1-1) defeated Lampasas 58-57 in overtime to keep its playoff hopes alive, while the Hornets (3-4, 1-1) fell to Burnet 45-0, both on Oct.18.

“I know (head coach Kyle) Cooper,” Llano head coach Craig Slaughter said. “He’ll get those kids fired up and ready to go.”

The Hornets are led by senior running back Jake Kee. Observers say Kee is a speedy runner, an athlete who quickly gets to his top speed once he gets past the line of scrimmage and is difficult to catch.

During the win against Lampasas two weeks ago, Kee rushed for more than 200 yards. But the Bulldogs didn’t allow him to take over the contest last week.

“We’re going to have to play some really good football,” Slaughter said. “We still own our own future. You play good football, you still have a chance at playing extra games. You need district wins badly, which we got against Lampasas.”

The Yellow Jackets led 43-27 when Lampasas began scoring 24 points consecutive points. Lampasas’ Cale Walker ran for 42-yard touchdown, then Steven Jazdyk added a 12-yard score and a two-point conversion followed by Logan Irvin’s two-yard scamper to pay dirt and the two-point conversion for a 51-43 lead.

“We were getting whipped at the point of attack,” Slaughter said. “They had great runs that kept them in the game.”

With a minute left, Llano senior quarterback Layton Rabb ran in a two-yard touchdown and found senior receiver Isaac Hutto on a two-point conversion to send the contest into overtime.

The two hooked up again for a 22-yard touchdown completion, and the extra point gave the Yellow Jackets a 58-51 lead.

Badgers’ Irvin scored on a three-yard run. Lampasas decided to go for the win with a two-point conversion and called for a run.

Llano senior safety Sawyer Stiles tackled Walker to secure the Yellow Jackets win.

“We talked about what we thought the play was,” Slaughter said. “It’s one of those games you hate to lose. Towards the end of regulation, I’m thinking, ‘What am I going to tell my kids when it ends?’ It was a classic high school football game.”

jfierro@thepicayune.com