Buckaroos picked to finish second in District 4-3A
In the Wednesday July 27 edition of the Breckenridge American, we looked at the 2015 Breckenridge Buckaroo non-district schedule.
Now, we turn our attention to the District 4-3A portion of the schedule.
The Buckaroos finished second in District 4-3A Division I to eventual state champion Brock.
Breckenridge played the Eagles to their closest game of the year as Brock won 20-17. This also was the fewest points that Brock scored all year.
The Bucks went on to advance to the area round of the playoffs before eventually falling to Muleshoe.
A competitive non-district schedule should set the Bucks up for an exciting district schedule.
Following the non-district finale against Wichita Falls Hirschi, the Bucks will have an extra week to prepare for the district opener against Paradise on Oct. 7.
Breckenridge topped Paradise 55-7 in 2015.
Paradise will return six offensive and five defensive starters from last year’s team that finished 2-8 overall and was 1-4 in district. Running back and linebacker Lane Upton is the top returner for the Panthers.
Upton had 850 yards rushing and had six touchdowns. Look for Jared Richardson to anchor the both the offensive and defensive line.
Breckenridge will travel to Bowie on Oct. 14 for their first road test of district play.
The Bucks defeated Bowie 35-27 last season.
Bowie finished 6-6 overall including 3-2 in district and advanced to the area round of the playoffs.
They return three offensive and nine defensive starters.
Cayden Cox and Daniel Mosley return as the top players.
Mosley had 65 tackles and four sacks in 2015.
Following the trip to Bowie, Breckenridge will host back-to-back home games against Boyd and Ponder Oct. 21 and Oct. 28.
Breckenridge defeated Boyd 49-7 and Ponder 52-0 last year. Boyd finished 2015 with a record of 4-7 and was 2-3 in district. The Yellowjackets did advance to the bi-district round of the playoffs.
Boyd returns three offensive and three defensive starters from last year. Garrett Moran will take over at quarterback after playing receiver last year. Dakota Partin will be the top defensive returner.
Partin had 22 tackles in 2015. Reece Jordan and Gabe Gunana will also be a threat for the Yellowjackets at receiver.
Ponder was 3-7 overall and 0-5 in district in 2015.
The Lions will return eight starters on both side of the ball. Jonathan Aguilar and Ethan Hill, who are both running backs, will be the top offensive starters.
Aguilar rushed for 593 yards in 2015, while Hill had 516 yards on offense and 82 tackles on defense.
Breckenridge will make the road trip to Brock in the district finale on Nov. 4.
Brock, who finished the season with a perfect 16-0 record last year, returns five offensive and seven defensive starters from the state champion team.
Zane Young is among the top returners defensively with 226 tackles and three sacks. He is also the preseason Defensive MVP according to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine.
Tyler Gray returns for his senior year at running back. Gray rushed for 2,061 yards and had 32 touchdowns. He is also the preseason Offensive MVP.All-State lineman Mc Harrah will anchor the offensive line for the Eagles.
The 2015 Dave Campbell’s Texas Magazine has predicts the Buckaroos will make the post-season as the second place team behind Brock.
Bowie and Boyd round out the top four teams as playoff teams, while Ponder and Paradise are predicted to finish fourth and fifth.
Breckenridge is ranked No. 20 in the preseason poll.