Buckaroos gearing up for 2015 football season
With the start of two-a-days set for Monday, Aug. 1, the time has come to start thinking about the upcoming 2016 Breckenridge Buckaroo Football season.
All though the first scrimmage is a few weeks away, the Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine was released in June and had fans from across the state preparing for what should be an exciting season of high school football.
The Buckaroos, who are coming off a 7-5 mark and a Class 3A Division I Area round appearance, will look to improve on that mark in 2016.
The 2016 non-district schedule will see some familiar opponents from the past few years and add in a couple of past foes from years past.
Breckenridge will open the season with a scrimmage at Jacksboro on Aug. 12 and then host Early in a scrimmage on Aug. 18.
The Bucks will start the season with back-to-back road games at Cisco on Aug. 26 and Mineral Wells on Sept. 2.
The first home game will be against Eastland on Sept. 9 before hitting the road to Dublin on Sept. 16.
Breckenridge will host Wichita Falls Hirschi for homecoming on Sept. 23 in their final non-district game.
Breckenridge vs. Jacksboro, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 12
Having played Jacksboro in a non-district contest the past two years, the Bucks will have their first tune-up against the Tigers.
Jacksboro returns seven offensive and seven defensive starters from a team that finished the 2015 season 4-6 overall including 2-5 in district play.
Payton Laake returns at quarterback for the Tigers and Cody Gary returns as the top defensive starter from a year ago.
Laake passed for 1,688 yards and 16 touchdowns, while Gary had 66 tackles, 14 for a loss.
Other prospects for the Tigers include Hunter Hackley, who rushed for 648 yards last season.
Jacksoboro is picked to finish second in District 5-3A Division II behind Henrietta.
Breckenridge vs. Early, 6:30 p.m., Aug. 18
Early returns five offensive and four defensive starters from a team that was 2-8 (1-5 district) overall in 2015.
Drew Sessler returns as the Longhorns’ top receiver. Sessler had 130 yards and two touchdowns in 2015.
Miguel Elizondo was the leading rusher through three games prior to an injury in 2015.
Early is picked to finish sixth in District 3-3A Division I behind Brady, Clyde, Comanche, Jim Ned and Merkel.
Breckenridge vs. Cisco, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26
The Cisco Loboes have four offensive and five defensive starters returning from their 10-2, district champion and area finalists team in 2015.
Kase Gayle will be the leader at quarterback for the Loboes. Gayle rushed for 905 yards and had nine touchdowns in 2015. He also had 408 yards passing and four touchdowns.
Dillon Brunson will anchor the Loboes’ defense at linebacker. Brunson is also the preseason Defensive MVP favorite by Dave Campbell’s Football Magazine.
Cisco is predicted to finish first in District 4-3A Division II ahead of Coleman, Eastland, Tolar, Dublin and Bangs.
Breckenridge vs. Mineral Wells, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2
Having scrimmaged the Mineral Wells Rams the past two years, Breckenridge will now see how they fare against the Rams in a game situation.
The Rams were 10-3 in 2015 and were a regional semifinalist team.
The Rams return seven offensive and seven defensive starters from that team.
Among the top returners is Johnny Morales, who rushed for 1,329 yards and had 14 touchdowns.
Stefon Sandoval returns as the leader on defense. He had 216 tackles and five sacks in 2015.
Mineral Wells is predicted to finish second in District 5-4A Division I behind Kennedale.
Other teams in the district include Springtown, Lake Worth, Fort Worth Castleberry and Fort Worth Diamond Hill-Jarvis.
Breck vs. Eastland, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9
Eastland finished the 2015 season 10-3 and were Class 3A Division II regional semifinalist.
Chris Martinez returns as one of the Mavericks’ top rushers, having rushed for 953 yards and 18 touchdowns a year ago. He also had
499 yards receiving and six touchdowns.
Mason Wright steps in at quarterback, while Tylor Gwinn will be the leading defensive player.
Eastland is picked to finish third in District 4-3A Division II behind Cisco and Coleman.
Breckenridge vs. Dublin, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16
The Dublin Lions turned a few heads in 2015.
Dublin finished 5-7 overall and advanced to the Class 3A Division II area round of the playoffs.
The Lions return six offensive and four defensive starters from that squad.
Brady Moore will take over the reigns at quarterback after passing for 428 yards and three touchdowns in 2015.
Linebacker Gabe Coronado and defensive end Jacob Riley will return to lead the Lions’ defense.
Dublin is picked to finish fifth in District 4-3A Division II.
Breckenridge vs. Hirschi, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23
Hirschi returns nine offensive and 10 defensive starters from a team that was winless in 2015.
Roman Turner is among the top returners at running back with 820 yards and six touchdowns.
Taviun Lee returns at free safety as the leading defensive starter for the Huskies.
Hirschi is expected to finish fifth in District 4-4A Division I.