• Breckenridge Buckaroos Alfredo Arellano (3), Tandem Ditzel (55), Terrance Roberson (8) and Riley Durham (22) lead the Bucks on to the field before the start of the 2016 season opener Friday evening at Chesley Field in Cisco. Breckenridge was defeated by Cisco 24-3. (Photo by Brant Thurmond/Breckenridge American)
  • Pablo Ramirez looks for running room as teammates block during the second half kick-off of Friday’s 24-3 season opening loss to the Cisco Loboes in Cisco. (Photo by Calvin Best/BISD Journalism and Web Media)
  • Cougar Mayo, son of Breckenridge offensive coordinator Clay Mayo and Breckenridge Junior High math teacher Caralisa Mayo, poses with Buckaroo mascot Buckshot prior to the start Friday’s game at Cisco. Several Texas High School football teams from across the state started their 2016 seasons on Friday. (Photo by Brant Thurmond/Breckenridge American)
  • Angel Ruiz sheds a Cisco defender during fourth quarter action of the Buckaroos’ 24-3 season opening loss in Cisco Friday. The Bucks will travel to Mineral Wells Friday. (Photo by Brant Thurmond/Breckenridge American)

Bucks fall to Cisco in season opener, 24-3

Looking to avenge a defeat to the Cisco Loboes in last year’s opener at Buckaroo Stadium, the Breckenridge Buckaroos traveled to Cisco Friday evening for their 2016 opener.

Locked in a defensive battle for most of the game, it was Cisco that pulled away in the end to hand the Bucks a 24-3 loss.

Despite the loss, head coach Casey Hubble still found positives in the performance of his team but noted there is still work to be done.

“We will get in the fight; we just got to find a way to win the fight,” Hubble said. “We made too many mistakes against a good team. “They (Cisco) did a better job than we did, from the coaching staff to making plays to everything. We weren’t able to get it done and, we got to find a way.”

“We just got to find a rhythm and get better at what we are doing,” he said.

Defensively, Hubble said the team played well but made mistakes.

“I thought they fought their tails off,” he said. “To stop a team like them (Cisco), you can’t make mistakes. The fight is good. We just got to figure out how to shut people down and not let the opponent pick up a first down after stopping them for three plays.”

Trailing 17-3 with under five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Breckenridge opted to punt the ball from the Cisco 39-yard line.

A muffed punt by Cisco’s Kase Gayle led to a recovery by the Buckaroos. However, an inadvertent whistle erased the play and the momentum swing that could have possibly led to the score being closer.

After a brief discussion by the officials, the Bucks were forced to rekick the punt.

A bad snap and a punt of just 2 yards led to what ended up being the nail in the coffin for the Bucks.
Cisco was able to move the ball 63 yards and capped off the drive with a 4-yard run by Gayle.

That put the score at 24-3 with 1:28 remaining in the fourth quarter.

The two teams’ defenses were put to the test in the first quarter with Cisco having the upper hand as the Bucks managed just five yards of total offense in the first quarter.
Breckenridge also punted the ball on its only two possessions in the first quarter.

Cisco punted twice, as well, but started to gain momentum toward the end of the first quarter as they started a drive with 4:24 remaining and chewed up the rest of the first quarter clock.

That drive continued 42 seconds into the second quarter before Gayle found the endzone to cap off a 16-play 85-yard drive.

The Cisco PAT attempt was good by Israel Adame, and the Bucks trailed 7-0 with 9:18 to play in the second quarter.

Breckenridge was forced to punt on the ensuing possession, but the Buckaroo defense did its part, as well, by forcing Cisco to punt.

Breckenridge then moved the ball 62 yards on nine plays to the Cisco 8-yard line.

Opting to take the points, Jose Escobedo connected on a 25-yard field-goal to cut the Cisco lead to 7-3 with 2:17 remaining in the first half.

The score remained 7-3 at the halftime break.
Breckenridge was forced to punt on its first possession of the third quarter.

Cisco answered with a 14-play 61 drive that ended with a 34-yard field-goal by Adame with 3:45 remaining in the third quarter.

Starting on their own 10-yard line, the Bucks moved just 3 yards on the ensuing possession before having to punt the ball back to Cisco.

On the next Cisco drive, Warren Hardy intercepted Gayle’s pass and gave the Bucks new life.

Breckenridge was unable to take advantage of the interception and just three plays later was forced to punt.

Cisco needed just two plays to stretch its lead to 17-3 with five seconds into the fourth quarter as Gayle broke free on a 95-yard touchdown run.

The next drive was where the controversy and possibly game changing momentum took place for the Bucks.

Starting at their own 20-yard line and steadily moving the ball, the Bucks made it to the Cisco 39-yard line.

The Bucks punted the ball and Cisco muffed the punt, but an inadvertent whistle forced the Bucks to rekick.

The end result was Cisco moving the ball down the field and scoring the final touchdown of the game with 1:28 left in the game.

Max Palacios led the Buckaroo rushing attack with 62 yards on five attempts, while Brady Tennison rushed for 57 yards on nine attempts.

Lonnie Hinson completed four-of-eight passing attempts for 45 yards.

Breckenridge will travel to Mineral Wells on Friday. Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m.

Game at a Glance
Breck   0    3   0   0  —   3

Cisco    0    7   0  14 — 24

Second Quarter
CIS — Kase Gayle 24 pass to Dylan Brunson, (Israel Adame kick), 9:18

BRE — Jose Escobedo 25-yard Field-Goal, 2:17

Third Quarter
CIS — Adame 34-yard Field Goal, 3:45

Fourth Quarter
CIS — Kase Gayle, 95 yard run, (Adame kick), 9:55

CIS  –– Kase Gayle 4 yard run, (Adame kick), 1:28

Bucks     Statistic   Loboes
6      First Downs        13
33-139 Rush Yards  42-285
45    Passing              65
4-8-0 Comp-Att-Int 5-10-1
7-33.5     Punts            4-39.5
2-0        Fumbles-Lost    1-0
4-20     Penalties          3-20

Individual stats:
Rushing: Breck: Max Palacios 5-62, Brady Tennison 9-57, Zach Willis 6-18; Lonnie Hinson 10-5, Chucky Perez 2-3; Cisco: Kase Gayle 18-179-2, Cecil Beasely 6-64, Leslie Edgar 8-24, Dathan Harding 2-7

Passing— Breck: Hinson 4-8-0; Cisco: Kase Gayle 5-10-1-65

Receiving–Breck: Pablo Ramirez 5-12, Willis 1-33; Cisco: K.J. Kelley 3-33, Dylan Brunson 2-32
Records: Breck: 0-1; Cisco: 1-0

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