With two-a-day practices less than four weeks away, the Breckenridge Buckaroos are inching closer to the start of the season.

The 2014 campaign gets underway with the start of two-a-days on Monday, August 4.

Coach Casey Hubble will be in his first year at the helm of the Buckaroos in 2014, but Hubble is no stranger to success.

Hubble previously coached at Denton Guyer where he was the co-defensive coordinator and was a part of the coaching staff that won the Class 4A championship three of the past four seasons.

A new district will also help the Buckaroos in 2014, not to mention 21 returning players including nine starters.

The 2014 Dave Campbell's Texas Magazine  has predicted another playoff run for the Buckaroos in 2014.
Buckaroo running back Austin Dooley, (35) runs the ball during the Bucks  2013 Bi-District game against Wall as Mateo Ramirez provides a block. Dooley and
Buckaroo running back Austin Dooley, (35) runs the ball during the Bucks 2013 Bi-District game against Wall as Mateo Ramirez provides a block. Dooley and Ramirez will be just two of the 21 returning players for the Bucks this season. (Rob Durham)
Breckenridge is predicted to claim the Division I District 4-3A title over Boyd. Other District 4-3A opponents include Bowie, Brock, Ponder and Paradise.

This season, will mark the second year that four teams from each district will qualify for the playoffs and the first year for the new 6A classification. Texas six-man teams will represent the new 1A.

Breckenridge will hold two scrimmages before starting the season with the first being against Mineral Wells at Ram Stadium  on Aug. 15 and the second on Aug. 21 against Early at Buckaroo Stadium.

The Buckaroos will be tested early as they square off with the defending Class 2A Division II state-champions Cisco at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, at Chelsey Field in Cisco.

The Bucks will host Jacksboro on Sept. 5, the following week in their first home game of the season.
The pre-district schedule will conclude with a match-up against Hico on Sept. 26. That game is also homecoming for the Bucks.

“I like the strength of our non-district schedule and the idea of playing tough non-district opponents,” said Hubble. “That was something we always tried to do at (Denton) Guyer was schedule tough opponents to where we would be tested each week leading into district play.”

“Our goal is to be as good as we can be by the time we get to the playoffs,” said Hubble. “It's nice to go undefeated throughout the season leading up to the playoffs, but I don't want to be just getting our real test of the season once we get there. I think it is a great opportunity to go get after some good opponents and knock them off the hill. We want teams to respect us and at the same time we will show respect for them as well.”
(See complete story in the Saturday, July 5 editon of the Breckenridge American)