Breckenridge Texan

After loss to Eastland, Buckaroos focus on this week’s Homecoming game

Buckaroos Rance Russell and Kyler Knight celebrate after Knight caught a touchdown pass in Friday night’s game against the Eastland Mavericks. (Photo by Calvin Best/BISD)

The Breckenridge High School varsity football team traveled to Eastland on Friday night and garnered their third loss of the season. The Buckaroos lost 7-34 to the Mavericks.

Eastland scored four times in the first half – twice in the first quarter and twice in the second quarter, leaving the score at 0-27 at the halftime.

The Buckaroos came out stronger in the second half, scoring when Kyler Knight caught a touchdown pass in the third quarter.

They held the Mavericks to just one score in the second half, the fourth touchdown of the game for Eastland’s David Vasquez.

Despite a better second half, when asked what the team changed, BHS Head Coach Casey Hubble said, “Nothing. We played a little better. They kind of backed off a little. To me, the game was they just took care of the clock…and played smart football.”

After the Buckaroos’ third straight loss, Hubble said he’s learned that if the team doesn’t show up ready to match the intensity of the other team and come out ready to fight, they will get beat. “We have got to get better in every facet of the game,” he said. “And it starts with me. I’m responsible for getting these guys ready to play, and I didn’t do a very good job. It’s that simple.”

In their fourth game of the season, the Buckaroos will face the Dublin Lions for the BHS Homecoming game on Friday, Sept. 22.

Breckenridge has a winning record against the Lions, who were in the Buckaroos’ district from 2010 to 2012. BHS played Dublin last year in Dublin, winning 21 to 7. That was after a three-year hiatus for the two teams. During their district history, The Buckaroos beat the Lions 15-0 in 2012, 63-0 in 2011 and 62-0 in 2010.

So far this year, Dublin, a 3A-2 team, has lost to Teague 7-57, to Albany 21-61 and to Hico 8-23.

A variety of activities will lead up to Friday’s Homecoming game, including a downtown Breckenridge parade on Wednesday, a pep rally in Buckaroo Stadium Friday morning and a pre-game performance by the Pride of Breckenridge Buckaroo Band at 7 p.m. Friday. The Homecoming Court presentation will take place during halftime. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. in Buckaroo Stadium. This year’s Homecoming theme is Blast From the Past.


Story by Tony Pilkington and Carla McKeown

Cutline, top photo: Kyler Knight, No. 7, catches the ball for the Buckaroos’ only touchdown in Friday night’s game against the Eastland Mavericks. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Click here to see more photos from the game in the Breckenridge Texan’s photo gallery.

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