Bulldogs take on Llano in homecoming game

Brady’s Bulldogs will attempt to close our their non-district schedule here tonight (Friday) in a homecoming football game against Llano. The Yellowjackets enter the contest with a 3- 1 record with wins over Smithville, Early and Comanche, and last Friday’s 19-0 loss to Class 4A Lampasas. Homecoming ceremonies will run all day at Brady High School with kickoff at the ball game set for 7:30 p.m. The Bulldogs are coming off a tough loss to Class 2A’s No. 1 team, Comfort, last week, 20-15. Brady had a good chance to upset the Bobcats, but a drive in the waning moments of the game fell just short. Brady coach Todd Bandy, despite the loss, was still proud of his team. “We should have won the game. We’ve got to learn to win games like that.” He said the Dogs had good workouts this week. “Monday was a normal Monday following a loss, but Tuesday and Wednesday were good ones. We are looking forward to facing the Llano team,” he said Wednesday. Brady enters the contest with no major injuries. There are a few players who are banged up a bit, but they will play, according to Bandy. Llano, under first-year coach Scott Langley, is a member ofBrady’s former district (25-3A with Burnet, Bandera, Wimberley, Liberty Hill and Ingram Tom Moore). The Yellowjackets finished 3-7 last year. The Bulldogs beat them in 2002 in a game that ended with a controversial call at the end, 33-27. The officials ruled a Llano pass at the end was not a touchdown, because the receiver was out of the end zone. “Tailback Troy Allen (6-3, 205) is their ‘go-to’ man,” Bandy said Wednesday. “He’s a junior and a tough runner.” Another fine ball carrier is senior Andrew Bond, a 195-pounder. The quarterback is Ian Compton, a senior, but a first year man at the man-under position. Running out of the I-back formation, Llano lines up similar to the way the Dogs do. “They will run the sweep over and over again, believing they will break one eventually,” Bandy said. The Yellowjackets have another big line, comparable to the one sported by Comfort. It includes Garret Gray (250), Levi Simpson (220) and Leroy Meador (260). “Llano runs a multi-offense. They throw about 30 percent of the time, and when they pass Compton favors wide receiver Will Carpenter,” Bandy said. He also added that he believes the Brady coaching staff has found some areas to attack in the Llano defense. “We are excited about playing the Yellowjackets. We have a chance to go 3-2 and enter our district (6-3A) with a winning record,” Bandy said.

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