Once again the Buckaroo Team Captain, Troy Carey, had his eligibility questioned and this time the challenge went before the Executive committee of the Oil Belt District, which was made up of the 10 high school superintendents of the respective teams in the Oil Belt District. Eastland claimed that Carey had played four years of football already and wasn't eligible to play in 1929. Although Eastland had dropped the issue, another Oil Belt team had joined the challenge. Eastland claimed to have newspaper clippings and affidavits that stated the Carey played football for Caddo High School in 1925. Carey's former coach, the principal at Caddo High School and the Caddo Superintendent all reinforced Carey's claim that he had not played in 1925. BHS principal Bailey, Supt. Holland and Coach P.E. Shotwell all attended the meeting in support of Carey. The committee voted 7-2 in Carey's favor and he was ready to play football Saturday. The Breckenridge American headlines for the next day reflected the decision: “Captain ‘Red' Troy Carey declared eligible to play.”
The Buckaroo stock rose during the week when it was announced that Doyal Pruitt would start in the Buckaroo/Eagles match-up. Also, Claude Cox was on the practice field Thursday and although stiff, he also would play in the Saturday game. Both boys had been out since the Oct. 25 clash with Cisco, when Cox injured his hip, Pruitt injured his shoulder and guard, Rayford Carey, broke his leg and was out for the season.
The Bucks practiced on the Eagle trick plays which included short and lateral passes. The Simmons University freshmen scrimmaged against the Eagles Wednesday in their preparation for the game. The Simmons team played the part of the Buckaroos and ran Buckaroo plays. It was reported that the Eagle quarterback had been injured but not much credibility was given to the report because coaches were known to put out many false rumors prior to a game. It was all part of the pre-game psychology by coaches.
“The mightiest Green Wave that ever represented Breckenridge High School, to that point in history, was primed and ready to meet the 1928 state football champion Abilene Eagles on the field at Buckaroo Stadium, in what was called the ‘Premier West Texas Gridiron Football Clash,'” according to area sportswriters. The estimated crowd was at 5,500 people watching the game, sitting or standing.
C.H. Cole who guessed the correct score for the Buckaroo/Sweetwater game, picked the Eagles to win 12-7. However, his wife picked the Bucks to win 13-7. Sportswriter Bondy Cross from San Angelo picked the Eagles to win and Bobby Campbell of Mineral Wells picked the Bucks to win. It was just that kind of game, a real toss-up.
The outcome was more than satisfactory for all the Buckaroo fans, players and coaches. The final score was 26-0. Again, here was another team that could not score against the Buckaroo defense, which had only allowed two scores in the seven games completed that season.
Boyce ‘Boone' Magness ran interference to lead the Bucks to a decisive win and now the Breckenridge Buckaroos were the only undefeated team in the tough Oil Belt District. Two games remained on the district schedule, the San Angelo Bobcats next week, Nov. 16 and the season closer with Ranger after Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28. Either team could muster up the juices to beat the Buckaroos but the feeling was that the Buckaroos would not be denied a perfect season now that they had gotten past the previous stat champion Abilene Eagles.
‘Boone' and David Graham were called the ‘Green Twins' because they both ran interference for the other depending on who had the ball. Both boys could switch their running and blocking attack on a dime. Doyal Pruitt scored the very first touchdown with a surprise 70-yard scamper to the end zone and ‘Boone' scored the other three touchdowns during the game. Again, it was obvious that Coach P.E. Shotwell kept the Bucks ‘under wraps' after three easy touchdowns. ‘Boone' punted on second down several times in the third and fourth quarter. Aubrey Magness also ran interference for his brother and kicked two of the extra points successfully.
The closest the Eagles got was the 11-yard line and were quickly pushed back for a loss and then was forced to turn the ball over to the Bucks. Bucks had one TD in the first quarter, one in the second quarter and two in the fourth quarter. However, it was obvious to everyone that the Bucks had control of the game from the start.
Troy Carey was at one end of the defensive/offensive line and played his best game of the season. He intercepted a pass and scooped up a fumble. Both plays led to Buckaroo touchdowns.
Despite his injured hip and being out for the past two weeks, Claude Cox played a smashing type of football and was a terror on the forward wall, supported by the other tackle, Lowell Wohlford, who was in his first season playing football and doing a remarkable job. Wohlford proved to be an invaluable ‘find.'
Tubby Thompson, who always played a hard, steady game at guard “came to the front” Saturday. He was a ‘bear' that would not be stopped by the Eagles. Willie White and Jenner Clark took turns at the other guard position vacated by Rayford Carey, who broke his leg in the Bucks/Cisco clash. They combined to fill the gap and managed to do a great job.
The only sub-performance of a Buckaroo was the center, Harold Griffin, who was really having an off day and did not play up to his usual standard of performance.
The first play after the kick-off caught the Eagles flat-footed when ‘Boone' flipped a short pass to Pruitt, who ran 70 yards for the very first touchdown of the game. A. Magness kicked the extra point and the score was 7-0.
Near the end of the first quarter, team Captain Troy Carey scooped up an Eagle fumble on the Eagle 18-yard line. At the beginning of the second quarter ‘Boone' and Pruitt worked the ball down to the six-yard line and ‘Boone' scampered into the end zone for the second touchdown of the game. He found a big hole over right tackle and used it to roll into the end zone. A. Magness kicked the successful extra point and the score was 14-0. There were no other scores made the rest of the second quarter and into the third quarter as both teams battled up and down the field. The Buckaroos had gotten within scoring range a few times but lost the opportunity to a fumble or two.
The sloppy field conditions made it difficult to handle the ball and was a major problem for both teams. The Eagles fumbled a half dozen times due to the slippery ball.
Finally, in the fourth quarter, Pruitt recovered an Eagle fumble on the Eagle 23-yard line. B. Magness and Pruitt again demonstrated their running interference for each other as they worked the ball up to the Eagle goal-line and Magness carried it over. A. Magness missed the extra point attempt.
Subsequently, the Eagle substitute, Williamson, marched the Eagles down to the Buckaroo 11-yard line from their own 37 yard line. They were stopped at that point and the Bucks took over on downs. B. Magness kicked it out of danger. Next, Troy Carey intercepted an Eagle pass on his own 46-yard line. B. Magness ripped off 37 yards on the next play behind a perfect example of interference running to the 17-yard line before he slipped and stopped. Graham and Magness once again put the football in the shadow of the goal line and Magness followed his left tackle, cut back to the right, twisted over the goal line for his third touchdown of the game. T. Carey missed the extra point attempt and the score remained 26-0.
Former Buckaroo coach, Bart Coan (1924-1926), who coached just previously to Coach P.E. Shotwell and knew the seniors on the squad, had come in from Fort Davis, where he was the principal at the High School there. Coan came with two other avid Buckaroo fans, Mr. and Mrs. H.A. Leaverton, who had been at every game since the Bucks/Cisco game. They made their home in Marfa but were two of the most ardent Buckaroo fans and vowed they would be at each and every game as far as the Bucks went, with eyes on the state championship game to be played in Waco on Dec. 21. Many former Buckaroos were following the season and showing up at all the games which showed as the crowds grew at each game.