Breckenridge Texan

Buckaroos move to 1-2 in district play after 32-25 loss to Jim Ned

Buckaroos move to 1-2 in district play after 32-25 loss to Jim Ned
October 23
22:50 2022

By Brant Thurmond/Breckenridge Texan

With 6 seconds left in the game Friday night, the Breckenridge Buckaroos were down 32-25 against the Jim Ned Indians, and the crowd in Buckaroo Stadium was on their feet, chanting “Go, Bucks, Go!” But, as the clock ticked down to 00:00, Breckenridge came up short, dropping their second straight game of the season and second district game.

In their first home game since Sept. 23, the Buckaroos were coming off their first loss of the season a week ago to Vernon and were facing another tough District 3-3A foe in Jim Ned.

The Bucks, now 6-2 overall and 1-2 in district, are tied with Bowie for third place in the district standings, following the Jackrabbits’ 28-21 win over the Clyde Bulldogs.

“Now we are playing to get in,” head coach Casey Pearce said Friday evening after the game. “We aren’t playing for a spot or a district title. We are playing just to get in (to playoffs). We better get it figured out, and we better get our tails back to work.

Iowa Park picked up an upset win over the Vernon Lions Friday, 28-25, and are now tied for second place in the district standings at 2-1.

Jim Ned sits atop the district standings at 3-0, with a crucial match-up next week against the Vernon Lions.

Breckenridge sophomore Sawyer Wimberley outruns the Jim Ned Indians as he runs for a 74-yard touchdown in Friday night’s game in Buckaroo Stadium. Click here to see more photos. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

After exchanging punts on both teams’ opening possessions of the game Friday, the Buckaroos moved the ball 50 yards to the Indians’ five-yard line. The Bucks would set up for a short field goal, but a late substitution penalty pushed the kick attempt back five yards to the Jim Ned 10-yard line.

Sawyer Wimberly easily connected on the 27-yard field-goal attempt and put the Bucks up 3-0 with 3:21 left in the opening quarter.

The Buckaroo defense forced a punt five plays into the ensuing Jim Ned possession and capped off the ensuing drive with a seven-play 77-yard drive that ended with a one-yard touchdown run by Chase Lehr. Wimberley connected on the PAT, putting the Bucks up 10-0 with 11:25 left to play in the second quarter.

Anson Rodgers had a 43-yard run and a 16-yard reception on the drive to help the Bucks on the drive.

The Buckaroo defense forced another punt on the next Jim Ned possession, but the drive ended after failing to convert a fourth down attempt.

The Indians then needed just five plays to go 62 yards before finding the endzone on a 45-yard touchdown run by Troy Doran. The Indians’ PAT was good, making the score 10-7 with 6:21 remaining in the second quarter.

Needing to answer to swing the momentum, the Buckaroos’ ensuing possession ended in an interception on the second play of the drive that was returned 42 yards for a touchdown. The PAT was blocked, and the Indians led for the first time in the game at 13-10 with 5:43 left in the second quarter.

The Buckaroos answered on their next possession as they moved the ball 49 yards in nine plays and capped the drive off with a 27-yard touchdown pass from Lehr to Adrian Ruiz. Wimberley connected on the PAT to put the Bucks back in the lead at 17-13 with 2:12 remaining in the first half. Rodgers had 24 rushing yards on the drive before the touchdown pass to Ruiz.

Jim Ned moved the ball 75 yards in seven plays, aided by a 44-yard third down run on the next series and capped the drive off with an 11-yard touchdown run by Brayden Shipman. The two-point conversion attempt failed, but the Bucks trailed 19-17 at the half.

The Indians started the third quarter with the ball and ran 13 plays while moving the ball 34 yards, all while possessing the ball for 5:10 of the third quarter before the Buckaroo defense came away with a stop on fourth down.

Two plays and less than a minute later, the ensuing Buckaroo possession came to an end when Jim Ned recovered a fumble.

Four plays later and 29 yards later, Jim Ned extended their lead following a 22-yard touchdown run by Trey Hicks. The two-point conversion failed, making the score 25-17 with 3:25 left in the third quarter.

The Bucks needed just two plays and less than a minute to answer as Wimberley broke free for a 74-yard touchdown run. Lehr completed a pass to Brilee Bernal for the two-point conversion and tied the game at 25-25 with 2:27 left in the third quarter.

The Breckenridge defense came away with another fourth down stop on the ensuing Jim Ned possession but would end their next drive offensively with a punt.

The Buckaroos take down the Jim Ned ball carrier in the Oct. 21 game. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Starting at their own 30-yard line with 7:22 left in the fourth quarter, the Indians were flagged for holding on the first play of the drive but overcame backing up 10 yards and end up picking up the first down with a 29-yard pass.

From there, the Indians moved the ball 41 more yards in seven plays before ending the drive with a five-yard touchdown run by Shipman. The PAT was good and the Indians had a 32-25 lead with 55.5 seconds left in the game.

With one timeout, 51.4 seconds and needing to go 58 yards, the Buckaroo offense moved the ball to the Jim Ned 26-yard line before calling a timeout with 6.7 seconds left to set up a possible touchdown play.

Unfortunately for the Buckaroos, while looking for an open receiver, Lehr was sacked by the Jim Ned defense as time expired, giving the Indians the 32-25 win.

The Buckaroos finished the game with 190 yards rushing on 30 carries and completed 17-22 passing attempts for 134 yards 324 yards of total offense.

Rodgers and Wimberley led rushing attack with 81 and 80 yards on 18 and three carries respectively. Wimberley also had one rushing touchdown. Lehr rushed for 31 yards on eight carries and one touchdown.

Lehr completed 17-22 passing attempts for 134 yards and had one passing touchdown and one interception.

Ruiz had 57 yards receiving on five receptions, while Alexis Franco and Rodgers each had four receptions for 25 yards.

Jim Ned finished the game with 370 yards of total offense with the majority coming through the running attack. The Indians had 340 yards rushing on 43 attempts and completed 3-11 passing attempts for 30 yards.

The Buckaroos will look to get back in the win column Friday evening as they travel to take on the Bowie Jackrabbits at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, in Bowie.

District 3-3A Results

Jim Ned (5-3, 3-0) 32
Breckenridge (6-2, 1-2) 25

Bowie (1-7, 1-2) 21
Clyde (4-4, 0-2) 14

Iowa Park (3-5, 2-1) 28
Vernon (5-3, 2-1) 21

Oct. 28 Games
  • Iowa Park at Clyde
  • Breckenridge at Bowie
  • Vernon at Jim Ned
District Standings

1. Jim Ned– 3-0

2. Iowa Park– 2-1

2. Vernon—2-1

3. Bowie—1-2

3. Breckenridge —1-2

4. Clyde—0-4

Click here to see the Breckenridge Texan’s Photo Gallery from Friday night’s game against Jim Ned.

The BHS Cheerleaders were decked out in pink at Friday night’s game for the annual “Pink Out” to support the fight against cancer. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

The Pride of Breckenridge — Buckaroo Marching Band decorated their instruments with pink for the Pink Out game, which supports the fight against cancer. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Cutline, top photo: The Buckaroo offensive line clears the way for Anson Rodgers, who led the Buckaroos’ rushing attack with 81 yards on 18 carries. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

 


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