STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO
LLANO — While a 3-3 record after six games is an accomplishment, members of the Llano High School football team will say the Yellow Jackets’ most important season is about to start.
Navarro has won the past three district championships.
The Panthers’ primary offense is the Slot-T, a run-based scheme that uses misdirection and edge running. It is operated by senior quarterback Will Eveld, who has 64 carries for 571 yards and four touchdowns; junior running back Chris Gomez, who is 88 carries for 468 yards and five touchdowns; and junior running back Will Reyna, who has 42 carries for 379 yards and seven touchdowns.
Navarro has seven players who have more than 140 yards on the season.
“They all remind you of each other,” Llano head coach Matt Green said. “They’re very quick and stocky. You can put any running back in any position, and they can all do it. They all have speed and run power.”
The Panthers average 7.1 yards per carry and are led by senior offensive linemen Garrett Dietert and Wyatt Tate, who stands 6 feet 6 inches
Green said Eveld, the reigning district MVP, has stood out on film.
“They’re very, very good at the quarterback position,” he said. “He’s very intelligent because they run so many plays, and he’s able to twist and turn to run the ball.”
Defensively, Navarro has three linemen and three linebackers. Green said the defensive linemen are able to control the line of scrimmage.
“They do an excellent job of keeping your offensive linemen off their linebackers,” he said. “They have speed, they are running fast. The linebackers run to the ball especially well. They’re great at hitting upfront.”
Senior middle linebacker Tyler Law leads Navarro with 69 tackles.
Just as impressive is that Eveld also starts at safety.
Navarro tries to have one-way starters on the offensive and defensive lines.
A big key for the Jackets will be sophomore quarterback Cade Fly’s decisions in where and when to throw the ball, which he’s been very good at. He has completed 72 of 141 passes for 1,101 yards, nine touchdowns, and five interceptions on the season.
“He can’t throw it up for grabs and force it into tight windows,” Green said. “He has to get it out. He has to pull the ball when he makes the read and go score. He did do it well.”
Junior running back Mason Brooks has 446 yards and five touchdowns on 41 carries, and senior Ben Walling has 51 carries for 342 yards and two touchdowns.