Buckaroos fall despite strong defense
The Breckenridge High School football team began its season with a loss after falling to Cisco 20-6.
The Buckaroos’ recently implemented offense came to life early but failed to capitalize until the fourth quarter.
“It wasn’t a great night for us, but there are a lot of good things that happened,” Breckenridge coach Casey Hubble said. “We’ll evaluate the video. I told the kids ‘We’re fighters, I know we’re fighters. We’re just going to have to be smarter and to beat good teams — consistent, deep-playoff teams, like Cisco — then we’re just going to have to get better.”
One surprise from Friday night may have been the play of the Breckenridge defense, who held the Loboes scoreless until late in the first half.
Although coming close a few times Friday night, the Buckaroos could not hit pay dirt until the fourth quarter, when sophomore quarterback Owen Woodard hit junior receiver Angel Ruiz for a 60-yard touchdown after the ball ricocheted off a Cisco defensive back’s hands. Now down by eight, the Bucks seemed primed for a comeback, but a turnover and a late touchdown by Cisco senior running back Dalton Harding sealed the victory for the Loboes.
“You can’t give them free stuff,” Hubble said. “It’s hard enough to stop them and we have to get better at that.
“[Ruiz] can run. I’ve had that happen the other way more times than I’ve had it happen to me that way so I’m going to take it.”
The Bucks will next host the 4A Mineral Wells Rams, who return to action following a 47-33 win over Bridgeport last Friday. The Rams crushed Breckenridge 58-13 last season, but senior defensive back and running back Zach Willis believes the outcome may be much different this time around.
“We have to work on our defense a little bit and start being smarter and on offense a little bit and start opening some holes,” Willis said. “We need to score more than we did tonight.”
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.