Buckaroos look for deeper playoff run in 2016
The Breckenridge Buckaroos advanced to the Area round to the Class 3A Division I playoffs before seeing their season come to an end at the hands of the Muleshoe Mules.
Breckenridge head coach Casey Hubble and the Buckaroos are hoping for a deeper playoff run in 2016.
Breckenridge will have some new faces at different positions in 2016, but will also have a group of 12 seniors to help lead the team as well.
“We are really excited about the kids that we have coming back,” Hubble said. “I think there is around five guys that this will be their third year starting on varsity and Max (Palacios) is a four year starter. I’m very excited about the experience we return.
“Those guys know what it takes and understand what we are trying to do,” Hubble said. “They are helping us set the tone in practice. I’m very pleased with the wealth of knowledge that those guys return and the way they play the game.”
The seniors on the 2016 team include Alfredo Arellano, Scott Miller, Tandem Ditzel, Max Palacios, Nathan Wilcox, Pablo Ramirez, DeMarcus Johnson, Kris Petterson, Brady Tennison, Riley Boggs, Brigston Robertson and Erick Rodriguez.
“These guys aren’t the most vocal leaders, but they are definitely walk the walk,” Hubble said. “They are here every day in the summer time and extremely dedicated. They were freshman when I got here two years ago and have completely bought in to what I have established as expectations. I am very honored to have coached them.
The Buckaroos will continued to focus on the run in their flexbone offense and although the team is not as deep at running back as last year, Hubble believes there is still a number of players that can run the ball.
“We have several kids that can do a pretty good job running the ball,” Hubble said. “We aren’t as deep as we probably were last year. We have some guys that need to step up a little bit. There is a need there.”
Junior Lonnie Hinson will take over as the starting quarterback for the Buckaroos.Hinson served as a backup to BHS graduate Cade Cornett in 2015 and was also a running back.
“I am excited about having Lonnie in that position,” Hubble said. “He’s a fighter and is going to go out and play as hard as he can all the time. This offense is kind of taylor made for him.
“He’s scrappy and runs hard, not scared to make decisions and pull the trigger when it’s time. He’s really the fearless player that you kind of need that at quarterback, especially with this offense,” Hubble said. “I’m very pleased with the progress that he is making.”
On the offensive line, Tandem Ditzel will play the role of leader.
“He has done a great job through the off-season and strength and conditioning,” Hubble said. “He’s kind of that guy that those younger guys are going to look to.”
“It takes a lot of time and a lot of work to put a good offensive line out on the field and I believe that is what is going to happen,” Hubble said. “We aren’t there yet and it might not be the best in week one, but that is never our goal.”
On the defensive side of the ball, look for Johnson, Tennison and Palacios to be the among the top returners.
“We have some spots to fill with the defense, but have some guys that are stepping up,” Hubble said. “There’s a good group of guys coming back and I feel like we have a chance to play some pretty good defense.
“There’s a few guys that are learning, but for the most part, I expect us to step it up compared to the defenses we have had in the past and we have had some pretty good ones I felt like,” Hubble said. “To become that dominant defense that doesn’t give up points is our goal. I do not see why this group couldn’t do it, but they are going have to do the things it takes and take ownership and learn how to play excellent football each play.”
The Buckaroos will have a few new teams in the 2016 season, but the district portion will remain the same following the UIL realignment that took place in the spring.
The Bucks will lose Sweetwater, Jacksboro and Hico in the non-district portion of the schedule, but gain Mineral Wells, Dublin and Wichita Falls Hirschi.
“We have a good pre-season schedule,” Hubble said. “We have some tough ones and some that we are going to have to play good football to beat. That’s the objective.
“We want to be playing the best football at the end of the year and continue to build on that,” Hubble said. “I think our schedule is set up that.”
The district portion of the schedule will start on Oct. 7 with the Bucks hosting Paradise, followed by a road trip to Bowie and back-to-back home games against Boyd and Ponder on Oct. 21 and Oct. 28.
The district finale will be against defending Class 3A Division I State Champion Brock on Nov. 4 at Brock.
2016 Football Schedule
Aug. 26 @Cisco 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 2 @Mineral Wells 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 9 vs. Eastland 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 16 @Dublin 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 23 #vs. Hirschi 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 30 Open
Oct. 7 **vs. Paradise 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 14 **@ Bowie 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 21 **vs. Boyd 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 28 **vs. Ponder 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 4 ** @ Brock 7:30 p.m.