• Zach Willis runs looks to avoid a Jacksboro defender during the Jacksboro scrimmage on Friday, Aug. 12 in Jacksboro. The scrimmage was delayed due to lightning after the first series of 12 plays by Breckenridge and one play by Jacksboro. It resumed Saturday.
    Photo by Brant Thurmond/Breckenridge American

Bucks battle Jacksboro, Mother Nature in scrimmage

The Breckenridge Buckaroos traveled to Jacksboro Friday evening for their first of two scrimmages.
Not only did the Buckaroos battle the Tigers on the field, but they ultimately ended up battling Mother Nature as well.
As storms began to get closer and closer to the Jacksboro area at the conclusion of the junior varsity segment, the varsity teams did not get to last long before a lightning delay put a damper to everything.
Breckenridge ran its first 12 plays of the scrimmage and scored one time, but after the first play from scrimmage by Jacksboro, the scrimmage was delayed for lightning in the area.
The two teams waited for around two hours before ultimately deciding to reschedule the scrimmage for Saturday.
On Saturday, the Buckaroos saw a variety of success on both sides of the ball, however head coach Casey Hubble said there is still work to be done.
“We have some new people, especially on the offensive side of the ball it seems like and it took us a little bit to adjust to game speed on Friday,” Hubble said. “We still have a long way to go. We got to find kids that want to play fast and physical on both sides of the ball.  
There’s a lot of good things that happened. We saw several kids that are right at where we left off last year,” Hubble added. “We have some younger guys that are going to have to accept some challenges if we are going to be the caliber of ball club we want to be.”
Hubble said a break down of the video has taken place and is ready to go back to work this week in preparation for the next scrimmage.
“We have evaluated every clip and watched everything that we could possibly watch from the footwork to hand placement to every little thing,”Hubble said. “We are trying to clean up the technical side of it and then create that nastiness and physical play that I think we have kind of became known for.”
Hubble commended the play of the defense during the live quarter segment on Saturday.
“They (Jacksboro) weren’t able to run the ball on us at all,” Hubble said. “They had a few balls thrown over some heads where we got caught staring around. Other than that, we are working on getting as best as we can and shut people down. That’s the whole plan.”
Hubble said the lightning delay was used as more of a teaching experience for the players more than anything.
“We used it as a chance for our kids to understand how to get up in the morning and get around and get ready to perform and play,” Hubble said. “It doesn’t matter if its 7 o’clock at night or 9:30 in the morning. When it’s time to go to work, it’s time to go. That’s what we used it as.”

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