FREER — The Freer Buckaroos hosted the George West Longhorns on Friday at Buckaroo Stadium for the first district game of the year for both teams. The Bucks got on the board first. With third and long, the Bucks quarterback Matthew Reyes unloaded a long pass to Jake Acker who made a good move in the center of the field and cut to his right and was not stopped until 80 yards later on the nine- yard line. Two plays later with 44 seconds left in the first quarter, Fabian Eeds plunged into the end zone from one yard out, the PAT kick followed by Acker making the score Bucks 7, Longhorns 0.
The second quarter was hard fought by both teams moving the ball up and down the field. Neither team, however, was able to get the ball into the end zone. The teams left the field at half time with the Bucks leading 7-0.
Both teams came back in the second half ready to get down to business. The Bucks scored first in the third quarter when at 9:25 on the clock Ross Robertson picked up a fumble and raced down the field 53 yards for the score, the PAT was wide and put the Bucks up 13-0. This was answered a short time later by the Longhorns, when with 7:01 on the clock, Lance Wallace bullied his way in from six yards out. Dustin White kicked the PAT to make the score 13-7 Bucks. The Bucks took the following kickoff and worked their way down the field with Fabian Eeds trying to put the finishing touch on a run with a touchdown and lost the handle on the ball, but fellow Buckaroo Robertson was right there to pick up the loose ball for his second touchdown of the night. Acker added the PAT kick to boost the Bucks score to 20-7 with 5:34 left in the third quarter. The two teams moved the ball back and forth the rest of the quarter without anyone scoring, closing out the third with the Bucks up 20-7.
In the fourth, the Longhorns ran like they were possessed at times break tackles and refusing to go down. Wallace of the Longhorns carried the ball for an eight-yard score with 11:31 on the clock in the fourth and White kicked the PAT making the score 20-14 Bucks. The next score was also made by the Longhorns when with 7:52 on the clock Wallace broke through the line and broke tackles for a 65-yard romp to the end zone and the score. White added the PAT kick to put the Longhorns up 21-20. The Bucks took the next kick off and started a drive to get themselves back on top in the game. With pressure from the Longhorns and throwing off balance Reyes was intercepted by White who took the ball 40 yards for the score and then added the PAT kick himself making the score 28-20 Longhorns. The Bucks took the next kickoff and started a drive that was progressing down the field when Fabian Eeds, who was now playing quarterback, went for the end zone and had it intercepted by White in the end zone. The Longhorns now starting on their own 20yard line started driving down the field when with a little over two minutes on the clock Wallace twisted to brake a tackle and severely injured his left leg.
The Longhorns held on the ball and ran out the clock to win the game by a score of 28-20.
Leading rushers for the Bucks were Fabian Eeds 24 carries for 141 yards, Matthew Reyes two carries for 14 yards, and Marcus Guajardo three carries for nine yards. Leading rushers for the Longhorns were Wallace 10 carries for 115 yards, Cayleb Holt eight carries for 77 yards, and Shannon Taylor 13 carries for 23 yards.
Leading receiver for the Bucks were Acker with three reception for 148 yards the longest of the night was 80 yards. Leading receivers for the Longhorns were White two receptions for 47 yards and Joseph Lopez 1 reception for 21 yards.
The Longhorns ended the night with 259 yards rushing and 68 yards passing for a total of 327 yards and the Bucks had 165 yards rushing and 135 yards passing for a total of 300 yards for the night.
Passing for the Bucks Reyes completed three of ine with one interception and Fabian Eeds completed 1 of 3 and one interception.
Passing for the Longhorns Lance Wallace completed 3 of 6 for 68 yards and one interception.