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The search for descendants of the “Greatest of the Buckaroos”

Boyce “Boone” Magness, the quarterback who led his Breckenridge team to the 1929 state championship is being honored with an induction into the Big Country Hall of Fame on Monday, May 4 at the Abilene Convention Center.

The Big Country Hall of Fame is seeking any information on the Breckenridge legend.

“We are having trouble locating any of his family members and we’re hoping the citizens in the city could provide any information on his family’s whereabouts,” said Carole Pickett, a representative for the Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame.

Magness is among nine new inductees into the Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame. The additional inductees include Ahmad Brooks, Lari Dee Guy, David Borland, Jerry Don Logan, C.H. Underwood, Milton Martin, Fred Scott Sr., Mike Cochran and Ron Bulter.

According to the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame, Magness was a triple threat in 1929. He ran for an 83-yard touchdown, passed for a 50-yard touchdown and personally beat Cisco to get the Buckaroos into the state race. He passed for both touchdowns as Breckenridge beat Waco, a team who won four state championships from 1922-1927.

Breckenridge played Port Arthur for the championship in foot-deep snow in Waco that year. The game ended in a tie, but was almost won by the Bucks when Magness pass to Boyle Pruitt came up inches short of the goal line. Madness later played at Washington State from 1933-1935. In 1968, he was in the first class of inductees into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame.

Those seeking to provide information on Magness’ family can contact Carole Pickett at 325-668-3685 or

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Breckenridge, Texas 76424

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