Llano football heads to Burnet fueled by big road victory

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Llano Yellow Jackets at Burnet Bulldogs
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JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF

LLANO — Twelve hours after his Llano High School football team earned a convincing 37-25 road win against Gatesville on Oct. 25, Yellow Jackets head coach Craig Slaughter couldn’t contain his enthusiasm.

He agreed it was the biggest win he’s had as Llano’s head coach.

“No doubt,” he said. “I’m beyond fired up. It was a huge win that we needed to get.”

The Yellow Jackets (4-4, 2-1 in District 8-3A) will look to extend their winning streak to three when they pay a visit to Bulldog Field to take on Burnet on Nov. 1.

The Bulldogs (5-3, 1-2) will try to avoid their first losing streak of the season and aim to put a 14-7 loss to Liberty Hill on Oct. 25 behind them.

Both squads are very familiar with each other. Llano competes in the Burnet 7-on-7 League each May, so both teams know the other’s skill-position players very well.

The Bulldogs are led by senior quarterback Derek Kiser, who has completed 157 of 252 passes for 2,196 yards with 23 touchdowns and three interceptions so far this year. Senior running back Trenton Hafley has 136 rushes for 716 yards and 11 touchdowns, and senior receiver Blayne Parisher has caught 32 passes for 570 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Defensively, the Bulldogs are led by junior linebacker Kody Hall.

“Burnet will always be tough,” Slaughter said. “Good kids. Good coaching staff. You better be prepared every time you play those guys. We will be as prepared as we can be.”

Currently, the Yellow Jackets are second in the district standings behind Liberty Hill (7-1, 3-0). Burnet, Lampasas, Brownwood and Gatesville are each 1-2 in the division.

“I like where we are at,” the Yellow Jackets coach said. “But we’re much more concerned with where we finish.”

Part of the reason why Slaughter was thrilled with the victory at Gatesville is because of how it came about.

The Yellow Jackets scored 25 unanswered points in the first half for a 25-7 lead before the Hornets closed to 25-13 by the half.

When Gatesville trimmed the deficit to 25-19 in the second half, Llano senior quarterback Layton Rabb hit senior receiver Chance Ware for a 42-yard touchdown. Junior receiver Jalen Bauman added the last Yellow Jackets touchdown with less than six minutes remaining in the game.

Slaughter called it the most complete game his athletes have played with him as the head coach.

“Momentum is an amazing thing,” he said. “Things run smoother. Kids play sharper and faster. The defense was solid. We made them work. We didn’t give up big plays. I’m very pleased. Proud of them.”

jfierro@thepicayune.com