Big first half pushes Llano over Smithville, 31-15


SMITHVILLE — The Llano High School football team took a 25-0 lead in the first half over Smithville that led to a 31-15 season-opening victory Aug. 26.

“It was definitely nice and gratifying,” head coach Craig Slaughter said.

Junior running back Mason Greenwood opened the scoring with a 9-yard touchdown. Then, junior quarterback Ben Walling had three touchdown tosses: two to Anthony Watson of 47 yards and 36 yards and another to Jason Gann for 19 yards.

By halftime, the Yellow Jackets racked up 141 passing yards and 130 rushing yards.

The Tigers scored on a kick return and a bad snap by Llano on a punt in the second half. It also didn’t help that the Llano offense had miscues in the third quarter.

“We weren’t very efficient,” Slaughter said.

Llano will review the film and work to solve the errors on the field, he added, noting a victory makes that kind of work more enjoyable.

“It sure is nice to fix things and win the game,” he said.

The contest avoided the lightning storms that plagued Burnet County, Slaughter said. The was game was played without a stoppage because of weather, though coaches were told at halftime there was a chance Mother Nature might affect the game.

She never did, he said.

“We had no trouble,” the coach said.

Llano will play at Sonora with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff Sept 2.

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