Breckenridge Texan

Buckaroos lose to Jacksboro in season opener

Buckaroos lose to Jacksboro in season opener
September 01
11:01 2019

When the Jacksboro Tigers came to town Friday for the Breckenridge Buckaroos’ 2019 season opener, they proved to many in attendance why they are a favorite to win the District 6-3A Div. II crown. Their run-oriented offensive attack ultimately saw the Bucks on the losing side of the 35-20 final score.

“I thought that they (Jacksoboro) beat us in every aspect of the game,” Breckenridge Head Coach Casey Hubble said of the Bucks’ performance. “They out-coached us and out-coached me. It’s about that simple. We didn’t take care of the ball and had too many mental mistakes.”

Breckenridge Head Coach Casey Hubble goes over plays with Buckaroo Quarterback Owen Woodward on Friday night. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/ Breckenridge Texan)

Breckenridge was plagued by four turnovers on their opening night in Buckaroo Stadium, and that eventually led to 13 of the Tigers’ points, and Hubble said it was the mistakes (turnovers) and penalties that hurt the Bucks’ chances.

“If we would not have made mistakes, we would have been able to continue drives,” Hubble said. “But whenever you make mistakes, it keeps you from doing that. The ability to succeed goes way down when you make mistakes.”

Hubble said there are quite a few questions still to be answered about the team, and the coaching staff will be looking to answer those questions as the season progresses.

“We are just going to have to practice better,” Hubble said. “We have some questions to answer on a few positions. We are just going to have to get better. It’s that simple. We will evaluate the video and see what we did well and what we did not do well and create a plan to get better at it.”

The opening drive of the game saw the Tigers drive 78 yards in 15 plays and use up all but 2:42 of the first quarter clock.

The Buckaroo defense was on the verge coming up with a stop, but a timely personal foul penalty following an incomplete pass on third down proved costly as Jacksboro reached the endzone three plays later.

The drive was capped off with a 6-yard touchdown run. The PAT attempt was good, and the Tigers led 7-0 with 2:42 left in the first quarter.

Buckaroo Defensive Back Kyle Canada takes town Jacksboro Tigers’ Quarterback Landon Davenport early in Friday night’s season opener. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/ Breckenridge Texan)

Breckenridge answered on their opening possession of the game with 3-yard run by Kooper Shook on the first play of the second quarter. Justin Bell tied the game at 7-7 with 11:54 left in the second quarter.

The 11-play 82-yard drive was aided in part by a huge 54-yard pass completion from Owen Woodward to Aaryn Medina.

The Buckaroo defense held the Tigers to a 23-yard field goal on their next possession, which gave the Tigers the 10-7 lead with 8:13 to play in the opening half.

Looking to answer and possible tie or take the lead, the Breckenridge offense moved the ball just 11 yards before Jacksboro intercepted Woodward’s pass attempt.

The interception resulted in six points as the Tigers drove the ball 51 yards in seven plays. The PAT attempt was blocked, making the score 16-7 with 3:08 left in the second quarter.

The Bucks put themselves in a great position to close the gap as they drove from their own 27-yard line to the Jacksboro 14-yard line. However, a fumble with 16 seconds left in the half ended the hopes of points.

Breckenridge went into the locker room at halftime trailing 16-7.

The second half kick-off turned the momentum in favor of the Buckaroos as Shook returned the kick 101 yards. Bell’s PAT kick was good, and the Bucks were within two points at 16-14 just 15 seconds into the third quarter.

Jacksboro answered with an 8-play 63-yard drive that was capped off with a 2-yard touchdown run. The PAT was blocked and made the score 22-14.

The Bucks rallied again and needed just three plays to score as Woodward found the endzone on a 59-yard rushing score. The 2-point conversion failed, and the Bucks still trailed 22-20 with 7:07 remaining in the third quarter.

Breckenridge’s defense forced the first punt by either team on Jacksboro’s ensuing possession.

Following the punt by Jacksboro, the Bucks’ offense had another crucial turnover just four plays into their drive.

Jacksboro answered six plays later with a 28-yard touchdown run with 40 seconds left in the third quarter.

The Bucks went on their longest drive of the night on their next possession and moved the ball 55 yards to the Tigers’ 16-yard line, but they came away empty handed as they failed to convert a fourth down attempt.

The Tigers scored the game’s final points on their first play from scrimmage with an 84-yard touchdown run. The PAT was no good, to make the score 35-20.

Breckenridge moved the ball 51 yards to the Jacksboro 10-yard line but came up empty once again as Jacksboro came away with an interception in the endzone.

The Buckaroos finished the game with 205 yards of total offense, 63 rushing yards on 38 attempts and completed 8-15 passing attempts for 142 yards. Breckenridge was penalized 11 times for 85 yards.

Jacksboro finished with 390 yards rushing on 50 attempts and 3 yards passing. Jacksboro had 8 penalties for 65 yards.

Breckenridge, which is in District 3-3A Division I, will look to pick up their first win of the young 2019 season as they travel to Comanche on Friday, Sept. 6, to take on the Indians.

Comanche, another District 6-3A Div. II team, was defeated by the Eastland Mavericks 57-21 on Friday.

District 3-3A Division I results week 1

Wall 47 (1-0)
Mason 7 (0-1)

Bangs 44 (1-0)
Early 7 (0-1)

Jacksboro 35 (1-0)
Breckenridge 20 (0-1)

De Leon 7 (1-0)
Clyde 6 (0-1)

Eastland 57 (1-0)
Comanche 21 (0-1)

Jim Ned 52 (1-0)
Coleman 0 (0-1)

The Buckaroo Cheerleaders named Cindi Woodward as the Fan of the Week during Friday night’s game against the Jacksboro Tigers. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/ Breckenridge Texan)

Story by Brant Thurmond/Breckenridge Texan

Cutline, top photo: Breckenridge Running Back Kooper Shook outruns the Jacksboro High School defense at the start of the second half in the game Friday night, Aug. 30. Shook returned the kick-off 101 yards for the Buckaroos’ second touchdown of the night. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

For more photos from the Breckenridge Buckaroos’ season opener, click here to go to the Breckenridge Texan’s Photo Gallery.

*Statistical numbers are unofficial at time of publication and were provided courtesy of Charlie Parker, KLXK-KROO Radio.

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