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By Mikel R. Virdell…recording the history of the Fighting Llano Yellowjackets since 1973.

Week  5

The District of 8 3AAA kicked off Friday night with predicted scores.  Liberty Hill was not slowed by the Fredericksburg  Billies, as the Panthers extend their winning streak to 29 games, in a 38-0 game played in Fredericksburg.  The Panther’s defense held the Billies to 91 total yards.

Burnet found out that playing in Wimberley is no fun.  The Texans beat the Bulldogs 27 to 21 in a game in which Burnet outgained Wimberley by over 100 yards of offense, but two Bulldog fumbles were the difference.

Canyon Lake won its first game of the season by beating Ingram 21 to 14.  Ingram now faces the fact that they could go 0-10 for the second season in a row.  Canyon Lake on the other hand has been competitive in its first varsity season of play.

The Yellowjackets renew one of its oldest rivalries this week as the Billies travel to Jacket Stadium.  The first game was played in 1929, and the Hillbillies (They have since changed their mascot) won 7-0. For ones keeping close tabs on the District, you know that there are five teams very capable of not only winning the District, but being a serious playoff team.  But only three teams go to the playoffs.  Two very good football teams will be staying home from 8 3AAA.  To make the playoffs, Llano must beat two of the “big four”.  All four were ranked ahead of the Jackets in pre-season.  The “Big Four” and Llano were all ranked in the top 60 teams in the state-wide Harris Ratings.

There will be many factors that become important in order for Llano to beat the Billies.  Playing at home in my mind is very important.  Llano’s crowd can be a difference maker. (It does not take Llano players encouraging Jacket fans to cheer to make for a good home crowd.  I’ve often felt that when defensive players did this arm waving, that maybe, …maybe they should have their head a little more in the game than paying attention to the crowd noise!!!)  Another factor that many think will make a big difference is that Llano should have five senior players off the injured list and in a position to play.   I’m more worrisome than most, feeling that it takes a game or two after injuries and sickness before players are at full speed.  Still, for a few plays, all should be able to contribute.  All are seniors.  All should be more than ready to prove their worth. No game this season will be more important than the Fredericksburg game.

Fredericksburg is going to throw the football.  Just get ready for it.  And now with their backs against the wall, Fredericksburg will pull out every stop to try and climb back into the District race.  The Billies can ill-afford to go down two games in this very tough district.  Llano on the other hand has had time to work on the pass defense.  A defensive secondary that has given up way too many deep passes, and a defensive line that must get a pass rush and sack a good Billie quarterback.   Llano can beat the Billies.  With fewer penalties, and a ball control offense, this Jacket team takes its first step to making the State Playoffs four years in a row.

Fredricksburg Billies
Over-all  Record:  15-34-2

Worst Jacket defeat:  47-6 in 1965.  Biggest Jacket Win:  46-6 in 1950.

Most Memorable Game:  In 1977, Llano traveled to Fredericksburg in a District contest in which was also the Billies’ Homecoming.  Llano was down by 34 to 14 at halftime.  But the Jackets came back to beat the “Big Red” 35 to 34 behind the great efforts of quarterback Greg Joy.  Joy threw for 193 yards completing 15 of 29 passes.  Big tight end Ned Butler caught 7 passes for 105 yards.  Tom Ratliff punted 4 times for 34 yard average.  Barry Hageman had an interception as well as a TD pass reception of 29 yards.   Ratliff and Santos Cruz recovered fumbles.  Kevin Fain had 19 carries and 173 yards rushing, and Glen Delz, John Overstreet, and Joy were in the backfield.  Overstreet kicked true 3 of 3 times on extra points, and Robert Montez caught a key pass.   Johnny Baskin had three catches for 32 yards.  Tom Ball played lights out defense, as did Teddy Phillips.  Both had outstanding nights blocking for Fain, Joy and Overstreet.

Of interest to some, the score was tied 14 to 14 with 2:07 left in the first half.  But the Billies poured it on and scored 20 points before Llano knew what happened.  Now sitting in the dressing room for an extra long halftime due to the Billies Homecoming, Coach John Baskin pulled out the old chalk board and Coach Jim Spenser ‘splanied things to a few players on defense.  The results are in the puddin, ‘cause Llano won in one of the greatest games in LHS history.