Texans clinch playoff berth with 48-27 win over Llano

Five total touchdowns from senior quarterback Cooper McCollum Friday, along with three turnovers by the Texan defense, anchored a 48-27 Wimberley home win over the Llano Yellowjackets.

The Texans took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter thanks to lengthy touchdown runs from Wimberley’s stable of running backs. Sophomore Juan Olmedo opened with a 73-yard touchdown run on the Texans’ opening possession, followed by a 26-yard catch-and-run touchdown from sophomore Moses Wray on a screen pass by McCollum later in the quarter.

Llano answered back in the second quarter with 21 straight points on three touchdown passes from quarterback Braxton Vickers. Vickers hit receiver Case Kuykendall on a 14-yard score, and then had back-to-back deep completions of 57 and 93-yard touchdowns to wide receiver Quincy Prince to take a 21-14 lead.

McCollum then marched the Texan offense down the field and tied the game up with a 16-yard touchdown pass to receiver Josh Limely. An interception by Olmedo on the next possession set up another touchdown pass by McCollum, who tossed a 42-yard strike to receiver Christian Marshall to give the Texans a 28-21 lead just before halftime.

Wimberley’s offense kept rolling in the second half by scoring three more touchdowns. McCollum threw his fourth touchdown of the game on a 3-yard pass to tight end Colby Boyle in the third quarter, and also scored on a 1-yard quarterback keeper in the fourth frame. Wray tallied his second touchdown of the game on a bruising 13-yard run.

While the Texan defense gave up a handful of explosive plays to Llano’s offense, they were able to counter punch with critical sacks and interceptions. Wimberley’s defensive line had four sacks in the contest, while cornerback Jaxon Watts had one interception and Olmedo finished with two takeaways.

With the win, Wimberley improves to 7-2 overall and 3-1 in District 13-4A and also helped them secure a playoff berth.

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