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Longhorns play spoiler in Buckaroos’ Homecoming festivities

Longhorns play spoiler in Buckaroos’ Homecoming festivities
October 19
09:18 2020

Bucks continue search for first win of 2020 season

By Brant Thurmond/Breckenridge Texan

On a night filled with the excitement of the homecoming activities prior to the game, the Breckenridge Buckaroos had a chance to pick up their first win of the 2020 season against the Early Longhorns on Friday, Oct. 16. But, the search for that win will continue as the Bucks had their homecoming game spoiled by the Longhorns in a 21-0 loss.

The game had several implications that came with it. Not only would it have created some momentum with a much-needed win, but it also created a path forward to the Class 3A playoffs for the winner.

Breckenridge will have to win two of the next three district games in order to see their hopes of a playoff berth come true.

Homecoming Activities

The week leading up to Friday night’s game was filled with Homecoming activities, including a parade on Wednesday, a community pep rally Friday morning and the crowning of the Homecoming Queen and King immediately before the game.

Click the following links for more on the Homecoming activities:

The Game

The Buckaroos’ most productive drive of the game came on their second possession as they drove the ball deep into Early territory to the Longhorns’ four-yard line. Despite three attempts to punch the ball in the endzone from the four-yard line, the Buckaroos came up empty on the drive after a failed fourth down attempt.

Neither team saw any success after trading punts on their next two possessions.

Buckaroo Jerry Lawson takes down the Longhorns’ ball carrier in Friday night’s Homecoming game. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Early scored the games’ first points of the game with a nine-play 72-yard drive that was capped off with a 45-yard touchdown pass from Jaxyn Price to Alex Jacobs. The extra point kick was good to give Early a 7-0 lead with 4:23 left in the second quarter.

A fumble on the ensuing kick-off put an end to any chance for the Buckaroos to respond. However, Early couldn’t capitalize as they drove the ball from the Buckaroo 34-yard line to the three-yard line and missed a 20-yard field goal attempt.

Three straight incomplete passes resulted in a punt for the Buckaroos on the ensuing possession late in the second quarter.

Early took a 7-0 lead at halftime.

The Longhorns opened the second half with a 10-play 66-yard drive that was capped off with a three-yard touchdown run by Tre Beam. The kick was good to give Early a 14-0 lead with 7:06 to play in the third quarter.

The Buckaroos were forced to punt on their next drive but came up with an interception on Early’s next possession by Johnny Almance.

Another punt would be the outcome of the drive following the interception for Breckenridge.

Early answered with a quick four-play 60-yard drive that resulted in a 47-yard touchdown run by Beam. The kick was successful, giving Early a 21-0 lead with 17 seconds left in the third quarter.

Both teams were forced to punt on each of their next possession. An interception ended Breckenridge’s ensuing drive following Early’s punt.

With 2:57 left in the game, Early regained possession of the ball following another Breckenridge interception and was able to pick up a first down and drain the rest of the clock.

The Buckaroos finished with 102 yards passing and 21 yards rushing for a total of 123 yards, while Early had 218 yards rushing and 101 passing for 319 yards of total offense.

Offensively, Henry Johnson completed 4 of 16 passing attempts and had two interceptions, while Rodgers was the leading rusher with 84 yards on 14 carries. Jerry Lawson finished with 27 yards on 11 carries.

Rodgers was the leading defensive player with 12 tackles, while Lawson had 11 tackles.

The loss dropped the Buckaroos to 0-6 overall and 0-2 in District 3-3A, while Early improved to 4-3 overall and 1-1 in district play.

The road to the playoffs will not come easy as the Buckaroos travel to Wall for their next game at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23.

Wall was defeated by the Jim Ned Indians this week 28-8.

District 3-3A Results (Oct. 16)

Jim Ned 5-1 (2-0) 28
Wall 4-3 (1-1) 8

Early 4-3 (1-1) 21
Breck 0-6 (0-2) 0

Clyde 3-4 (2-0) 1
TLC Academy 0-7 (0-2) 0
**Forfeit due to COVID-19

October 24, Games
  • Breck at Wall
  • Clyde at Early
  • Jim Ned at TLC Academy

Kayla Wood and Jonathan Trejo were named the 2020 Breckenridge High School Homecoming Queen and King before the start of tonight’s game against the Early Longhorns. They were crowned by 2019 Homecoming Queen Cynthia Huerta, right. Click the links listed in the story above for the story and more photos of the Queen and King. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Cutline, top photo: Buckaroos quarterback Henry Johnson hands off the ball to running back Anson Rodgers in Friday night’s game against the Early Longhorns. For more pictures from the game, click here to see the Breckenridge Texan Photo Gallery. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

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