Breckenridge Texan

Eagles out-score Buckaroos 35-12 in last pre-district game of season

Eagles out-score Buckaroos 35-12 in last pre-district game of season
September 26
20:31 2020

By Brant Thurmond/Breckenridge Texan

It was another tough outing for the Breckenridge Buckaroos Friday night, Sept. 25, as they hosted the Holliday Eagles at Buckaroo Stadium.

Phillip and Tamara Boone escort their daughter, Breckenridge High School Senior Bethany Boone, during the Senior Night activities. The Breckenridge Texan has more Senior Night photos in a special Photo Gallery (click here). (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Following an unexpected cancellation against last week’s scheduled opponent, Eastland, due to coronavirus concerns in Eastland, the Buckaroos had a few extra days to prepare for Holliday. The extra practice led to some results that carried over to the field as the Buckaroos managed to score their first points of the season, but ultimately, it was the Eagles that came away with the victory, 35-12.

The loss dropped the Bucks to 0-4 for the season heading into an open week before starting District 3-3A Div. I play in two weeks against Clyde.

Breckenridge High School head football coach Casey Pearce said there were some positives that came out of the game against a good Holliday team.

“We saw some glimpses of improvement, and it was nice to see the offense get in the endzone,” Pearce said. “I thought we played well in the first half and had an opportunity in the second half on their (Holliday) opening drive to get a stop on third and long and we let them out.

“As a result, it kind of snowballed and put points on the board, and we just shot ourselves in the foot on the opening drive of the second half,” Pearce said. “We put ourselves behind the chains and they had a quick score to follow, and now all of a sudden it’s a three-score game.”

The Buckaroos take down a Holliday Eagle in the last pre-district game of the season. To see more photos from the game, click here to see the Breckenridge Texan’s Photo Gallery. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Pearce gave Holliday some credit on the success of the Eagles and the potential they have moving forward.

“I think they are the best football team we have played against,” Pearce said. “They are executing on a very high level, and they are going to be something to be reckoned with in Region I 3-A. It’ll be interesting to see how they play going into their district play, because I think they have some things really going for them.”

In Friday’s game, it was the Buckaroos who struck first following a solid defensive stand that saw Holliday gain only one yard on their opening possession.

While attempting to punt deep in their own territory, the snap went over the punter’s head, and he was forced to throw the ball away.

The play led to the Bucks getting the ball at the Holliday 16-yard line, and six plays later Anson Rodgers found the endzone on a one-yard run with 4:30 left in the first quarter. The extra point kick was no good, and Breckenridge led 6-0.

Holliday responded with an eight-play 70-yard drive capped off with an eight-yard run by Peyton Marchand. The extra point was good, and Holliday took a 7-6 lead with 46 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

Breckenridge drove the ball 65 yards in 14 plays to the Holliday seven-yard line but came away empty handed as 27-yard field-goal attempt was no good.

The Eagles answered with an 80-yard 10 play drive that was aided with a pass interference penalty on third down. The drive was capped off with a 26-yard touchdown pass from Marchand to Crae Jackson with 2:26 remaining in the first half. The kick was good to give the Eagles a 14-6 lead.

An interception ended the ensuing Buckaroo drive, but the defense held its ground and forced Holliday to punt.

The Eagles stretched their lead to 21-6 on the opening drive by either team in the second half with a quick five-play 64-yard drive. Austin Jones scored on a three-yard touchdown run with 10:02 remaining in the third quarter for the Eagles.

The ensuing Buckaroo drive was plagued by two false start penalties and resulted in a punt.

Holliday answered with their second touchdown of the third quarter nine plays later with a six-yard touchdown run by Jaxx Jackson, stretching the Eagles lead to 28-6 with 3:51 left in the third quarter.

Two plays into the next Breckenridge drive, the Eagles recovered a Buckaroo fumble.

The Eagles were able to cash in on the Buckaroo turnover with a 31-yard touchdown pass from Marchand to Jackson Crutcher with 2:15 remaining in the third quarter to lead 35-6.

Jerry Lawson scores the second touchdown of Friday night’s game against the Holliday Eagles. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

The Buckaroos answered with a positive drive that moved the ball 65 yards in nine plays en route to the endzone following a four-yard touchdown run by Jerry Lawson. The two-point conversion was unsuccessful as Breckenridge trailed 35-12 with 9:23 left in the fourth quarter.

Neither team would have much success for the remainder of the game as both defensive units came up with stops and traded punts.

The Buckaroos finished with 121 yards passing and 71 yards rushing for a total of 192 yards, while Holliday had 275 yards rushing and 105 passing for 380 yards of total offense.

Offensively, Henry Johnson completed 7-14 passing attempts and had one interception, while Rodgers was the leading rusher with 39 yards on eight carries and on touchdown. Jonas Arellano had 36 yards on eight carries, and Lawson finished with 11 yards on six carries and one touchdown.

Julian Eutimio was the leading defensive player with 11 tackles, while Ivan Medina had nine tackles (three for a loss) and one sack.

The loss drops the Buckaroos to 0-4, while Holliday improved to 4-1.

The Bucks will have an open week next week, before opening district play on the road in Clyde on Oct. 9.

Members of Little Bucks Cheerleading took part in the Senior Night activities before the game Friday night. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Cutline, top photo: Buckaroo Anson Rodgers lunges for the goal line, making the first touchdown of the season for the Breckenridge varsity team, in the game Friday night, Sept. 25, against the Holliday Eagles. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

To see more photos from Friday night’s football game against the Holliday Eagles, click here for the Breckenridge Texan’s Photo Gallery.

To see the Photo Gallery from the Senior Night activities, which took place before the game, click here.

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