Jackets hit with ‘lightning’ speed, blank Bulldogs, 22-0

As things turned out, it wasn’t a pretty night last Friday in Llano. Lightning cancelled the District 26-3A opener with 9:30 left in the fourth quarter and the Yellowjackets took a 22-0 victory from the Brady Bulldogs. It was Llano’s first win of the football season, and the Jackets now stand at 1-5 overall and 1-0 in district play. The Doggies, after winning their only game of the year in their second game against Mason, are now 1-5 and 0-1 in league competition. “We did not execute physically or mentally in the game,” Brady coach Davy DuBose said after the contest. “It probably was our worst played game of the season. We played a little better in the second half, but we just weren’t into the game,” he added. The Bulldogs saw Llano take the opening kick off and march right down the field, going 67 yards in only seven plays to take a 7-0 lead. The Yellowjackets also scored on a couple of long pass plays as Llano QB Brian Edwards burned the Brady defense for 267 yards in the air, completing 14 of 27 attempts while giving up two insignificant interceptions. “We let them make the big plays. You can’t do that and expect to win,” the Brady coach said. There were not many highlights for the Bulldogs as they notched a season low in total offense, amassing only 10 yards rushing and 45 passing. “I felt that reserve quarterback Colby Dodds showed improvement over the previous week, and Clifton Tally and Johnny Menefield each had interceptions,” DuBose said. Starting QB Tally is still unable to throw the ball because of a rotator cuff injury he sustained in the game against Ballinger on Sept. 28. The game last Friday was delayed for about 45 minutes during halftime because of the weather then the school officials and coaches met with game officials and decided to call the contest with just over nine minutes left. Llano was on the Brady eight when it was called. “We face probably the best team in the district, Burnet, this Friday,” DuBose said. “We enter this week with the idea of improving our performances.” H Llano took the opening kickoff and promptly marched 67 yards in seven plays for the game’s first score. Kasee Powers capped the drive with a 24-yard romp up the middle for the touchdown after Llano had racked up four first downs. Jason Smith added the extra point from placement, and the Yellow-jackets quickly went up 7-0 with 9:29 left in the first period. A pair of penalties hampered the Bulldogs’ first possession, and they were forced to punt from their own 11-yard line after three running plays netted only six yards. On fourth down Jody Jones hammered a 38-yard punt that died at the Bulldog 49. With pass-happy Llano QB Brian Edwards, who completed 14 of 27 aerials for 267 yards and a pair of interceptions, going to the air, the Jackets reached the Brady 17 where the drive bogged down and Smith’s 34-yard field goal failed to split the uprights. Taking over at their own 20, the Doggies got their initial first down on runs by Johnny Menefield and Jeremy Shields, but the the possession fizzled at the Brady 28. On fourth down, Jones saw a high snap from center sail over his head and into the end zone on the first play of the second period. He was unable to pick up the ball and in a mad scramble, Chris Airheart made the recovery to preserve only two-point safety for Llano. The score became 9-0 with 11:50 left in the second quarter. On the free kick, Jones’ towering punt cleared the Llano receivers and Powers finally retrieved it at the six, returning it to the Yellowjacket 18. The Llano eleven gained a pair of first downs before Brady’s Clifton Tally intercepted Edwards’ pass at the Brady 38 and returned it to mid-field. A 10-yard holding penalty and a delay call stymied Brady’s good field position and this time Jones could manage only a 27-yard punt that went out of bounds at the Llano 39. Three plays later Edwards found big tight end Hank Oestreich behind the Bulldog secondary and hit him with a perfect pass for a 56-yard TD. The two-point conversion pass from Edwards fell incomplete, but the winless Llano team went up 15-0 with 5:41 left in the first half. Chris Airheart returned the kickoff 14 yards to the Brady 37, but the Dogs went three and out on their next possession and Jones’ 29-yard punt on fourth down placed the ball at the Llano 29. A pair of 10-yard penalties prevented the Jackets from making a first down on their possession and the Bulldogs got good field position at their own 45 after a 22-yard Smith punt. On second down Dodds completed a 25-yard pass to fullback Shields. The the 180-pound sophomore sped to the Llano 25 before being shoved out of bounds. Two incomplete passes and a 10-yard QB sack moved the ball back to the Llano 35. On fourth down Jones’ 53-yard field goal attempt was long enough but wide left and the score remained 15-0 with 1:06 left in the first half. After an incomplete pass, Edward struck lightning fast with a pass over the middle to split receiver Michael White who outran the Brady defenders for a 65-yard touchdown. Smith’s kick was true, and Llano held a 22-0 margin with only 45 seconds left on the clock. The Bulldogs were pinned on their seven-yard line after the kickoff. On first down Menefield, Brady’s top rusher with 35 yards on 13 carries, got four, but an offsides penalty moved the ball back inside the 10. With Llano stopping the clock after each play, Jones punted 38 yards to the Brady 49. With only 12 seconds left in the half, Edward went to the air again, completing two passes of 10 and 30 yards to the Brady 9. As the clock ran out in the first half, Smith’s 26-yard field goal attempt was wide right. After about a 45-minute delay for halftime performances and lightning in the area, the third quarter finally began, but neither team could muster a serious drive. Midway in the period, Menefield intercepted another Edwards pass at the Brady 15. Dodds was sacked for a five-yard loss on first down. Then he completed a seven-yard pass to Gabriel Bernal to the Brady 17. Another incompletion and Jones got off his seventh punt of the evening, this one for 34 yards to the Llano 49. Late in the third quarter, Abraham Cortez got off Brady’s longest run of the night, a 12-yarder to the Brady 28. A short gain, a five-yard loss and an incomplete pass forced another Jones punt, this one a 37-yarder to the Llano 38. As lightning again began to play around the stadium, the Yellowjackets stuck solely to the ground game as Powers pounded the Brady defense with runs of 4, 19, 9 and 6 before the Bulldogs were called for pass interference, a 16-yard penalty that placed the ball at the Brady 8. It was at this time the officials gathered with Brady and Llano coaches and officials and decided to call the remainder of the game with 9:30 still left on the clock. It was not a successful outing for the Bulldogs. This week they prepare for a trip to Burnet to face the district leading Bulldogs.

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