LLANO — The Llano High School football team fell to Navarro 61-7 on Nov. 7 to close out the 2014 season.
Navarro (9-1 overall, 4-0 district) is the District 13-4A Division II champion.
The Panthers led 35-7 in the first quarter.
Llano’s only touchdown was on a 10-yard reception by Luke Snitkin from senior quarterback Holden Simpson.
He ends the year by completing 98 passes for 1,147 yards, 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
Llano head coach Craig Slaughter said he wished some of his linemen were 6-foot-2 and weighed 240 pounds. But they were 5-7 and 165 pounds. He said he appreciates the effort of his players throughout the season, noting that’s one trait he did not have to coach out of them.
“We’re getting blocked by kids who are 70 pounds heavier,” he said. “We needed a few things to go our way.”
One of those was being injury free. Lineman Colton Center and running back Jalen Bauman missed several games because of injuries.
“That put us in a tough spot,” the coach said. “We needed a couple of offensive linemen to play better than we anticipated. We really didn’t take that step. I thought they gave us all they had.”
He especially appreciated the effort from the seniors, noting they committed to doing what they could to help the Jackets have the best year possible.
“I know they gave us all they had,” Slaughter said. “We appreciate what they’ve done.”
As he turns his attention to the offseason, the coach said he believes the 2014 season will motivate returners to be productive.
“I think our young kids understand the level of play you need to be at to be successful,” he said. “At our level for a lot of us, we need our kids to be ready to push the level of play. We have to get faster and stronger.”
Navarro 61, Llano 7 on Nov. 7
N – Ryan Young 82-yard kickoff return (kick), 11:48
L – Luke Snitkin 10-yard pass from Holden Simpson (David Forrester kick), 10:13
N –Jake Wright 6-yard run (Logan Guzman kick), 5:56
N – Anthony Grant 12-yard run (Guzman kick), 4:58
N – Wright 5-yard run (Guzman kick), 2:16
N – Sam Marbach 50-yard pass from Will Eveld (Guzman kick), :10
N – Tanner Law 4-yard run (Guzman kick), 3:43
N – Marbach 4-yard pass from Eveld (kick field), :10
N – Matt Gomez 4-yard run (Guzman kick), 4:53
N – Law 70-yard interception (kick field), :55
NAVARRO — first downs, 21; total yards, 441; rushes-yards, 47-318; passing, 123; interceptions, 0; completions-attempts-interceptions, 6-8-0; fumbles-lost, 1-0; penalties-yards, 2-10
LLANO — First downs, 9; total yards, 189; rushes-yards, 33-170; passing, 19; interceptions, 2; completions-attempts-interceptions, 5-15-2; fumbles-lost, 2-1; penalties-yards, 2-20
RUSHING – (Navarro) Manny Longoria 1-(1-), Cederick Lewis 1-6, Campbell Willfong 2-11, George Gomez 1-19, Ryan Young 3-40, Anthony Grant 4-24, Tanner Law 3-23, Jake Wright 9-68, Ronnie Goldman 7-65, Matt Gomez 4-14, Ty Shelton 3-29, Will Eveld 1-(-3), Isaiah Grant 5-23, Julian Trevino 2-0, Brian Villarreal 1-(-1). (Llano) Lance Reven 17-87, Trevor Penny 8-31, John Heflin 3-22, Aaron Moss 3-20, Holden Simpson 2-10