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Bucks fall in bi-district

A roller coaster of a season came to an end for the Breckenridge Buckaroos on Friday, Nov. 11. Looking to win their first playoff game since 2016, the Buckaroos fell short against the Paradise Panthers. The Buckaroo’s 8-3 season ends after a 47-7 loss to the Panthers in the bi-district playoff at Ponder High School. The Buckaroos were riding high as they entered the district schedule in October. After winning fivestraight games, the Buckaroos opened the district schedule with a 42-0 win against the Hawks at Iowa Park. Entering the following week’s game at Vernon, the Buckaroos were ranked No. 6 in Class 3A Division I and looked as if they could upset Jim Ned for a district championship.

Those hopes were quickly dashed with a pair of losses to Vernon and Jim Ned. Having to fight their way back into playoff position, the Buckaroos posted a pair of 30-plus point victories against Bowie and Clyde to close the district schedule in second place. Looking back at how they got to the bi-district matchup, it would have been easy to be confident that the Buckaroos could find the elusive playoff victory.

Panthers quarter back Austin Iglesias had other plans. The junior quarterback accounted for all of the Panthers’ six touchdowns and 242 of the Panthers’ 412 yards of total offense.

After trading turnovers to open the game, a fumble by the Panthers and an interception by the Buckaroos, the Panthers got on the board first with a touchdown from just across the goal line.

Although the score was competitive going into the third quarter, the Buckaroos’ lone score of the game was a 46-yard run by Sawyer Wimberley with 4:07 remaining in the first quarter. Iglesias’ second touchdown of the game capped off the Panthers’ response along with a field goal at the end of the second quarter for a 19-7 lead.

The Buckaroos had an opportunity to cut into the lead with a long half-opening drive that ultimately ended with a turnover on downs. The Panthers put the game away with four unanswered touchdowns in the second half. Iglesias was involved in all four.

The Buckaroos’ offense could only amass 140 yards of total offense. While the Buckaroos could snap their streak of seasons without a playoff win, the Panthers celebrated their first bi-district championship in 17 years.

Next season will see a lot of changes in the Buckaroos with over 10 seniors graduating, including several key contributors to the 2022 team. Sophomore Sawyer Wimberley gave a glimpse late into the season of the potential he can bring to the running game. Reinforcements will arrive from a junior varsity team that finished the 2022 season with a 10-0 record.

Breckenridge American

114 East Elm Street

PO Box 871

Breckenridge, Texas 76424

Phone: (254) 559-5412
Fax: (940) 228-0589