The Bandera Bulldogs put up 26 points in their home game against Llano Friday, Sept. 14, but that was not enough against the Yellowjackets' 39 points.
The play by both teams was evenly matched except for the passing game. That's where Llano fired.
Llano's Layton Rabb put up 223 yards through the air on 19 attempts and 11 completions against Bandera's 42 yards through the air.
Bandera's quarterback Michael Miller sent the ball flying nine times for four completions. Bandera's Noah Nelson threw six times for two completions for 29 yards. Both Bulldog quarterbacks suffered an interception.
In the first quarter, Llano scored first with a 10-yard TD run by Rhett Brooks followed by a point-after kick by Storey Tosch.
Bandera answered with a 14-yard run by Fabian Muniz. The PAT failed for a 7-6 Yellowjacket favor score.
Llano's Brooks came back with a four-yard run across the goal line with a Tosch point-after to keep Llano in the lead at the end of the first quarter.
Scoring climbed in the second quarter when the Bulldogs scored with Muniz's 11-yard run for his second TD on the night. The two-point conversion failed, placing the score at 14-12 in Llano's favor.
The next score was made by Llano's Rabb on a 14-yard pass to Devin Mayne. The PAT put the score to 21-12, Llano.
Muniz ran seven yards for his third touchdown on the night with Montooth with the PAT.
The last score of the first half came from Llano's Brooks on a two-yard run for six. Since the Yellowjacket PAT failed, the score settled in to 27-19, Llano, by the time the first half ended.
There were no more scores until the waning seconds of the third quarter when Yellowjacket Allan Lucas ran for 22 yards. No good on the PAT gave a 33-19 lead to Llano.
In the fourth quarter, Bandera came back with 40-yard run by Miller and a Montooth PAT to give a 33-26 score.
The last score of the game came on a three-yard touchdown run by Llano's Brooks with 33 seconds left in the game. Their PAT failed and the game ended with 39 points for Llano and 26 for Bandera.
Muniz was the main rusher on the night for Bandera with 20 carries and 208 yards. Miller came second with 149 yards on 20 carries.
On Bandera's air game, it was Dillon Erskine with two catches for 29 yards.
Brooks was the big man on the field for Llano with 95 yards on 23 rushes and one pass reception for 32 yards. Rabb turned in 36 yards on five rushes and Allen Lucas ran five times for 39 yards.
Bandera football coach Larry Prince said Llano was very balanced in their attack both through the air and on the ground.
“Our defensive played well,” Prince said.
There were some mistakes on offense and sometimes the some player would slip an assignment.
“We left too many points on the field,” Prince said.
Prince said they used two quarterbacks in last Friday's game to give them some options.
Miller will be line up as a back rather than the quarterback occasionally.
“We'll see how they (their opponents) adjust,” Prince said. “If they don't adjust, we'll throw the ball to him.”
The aim is to make their opponents covering Miller with two guys players.
“They'll have to jam him off the line and cover him from over the top,” Prince said.
Bandera next faces Comfort Friday, Sept. 21.