Bucks beat Bishop; Santa Rosa's win over Hebbronville knocks Freer out of postseason

Pete Garcia, The Freer Press

Despite winning four of their last five games, including Friday night's season finale against the Bishop Badgers, the Freer Buckaroos were left out of the Class 2A state playoffs.

It happened although the Buckaroos ended the season tied with Banquete and Hebbronville in the district standings with 4-2 records. What kept the Buckaroos ouf of the postseason was a 7-6 Santa Rosa victory over Hebbronville. Had Hebbronville won the game, it would have left Banquete and Freer tied for third and the Buckaroos would have advanced thanks to their 9-7 win over the Bulldogs two weeks ago. Instead, the three teams finished tied and Hebbonville and Banquete moved on thanks to a power-point tie-breaker.

The Buckaroos finished the season 4-2 in District 32-2A and 5-5 for the year.

Friday night's 10-0 decision over Bishop wasn't the most impressive on the scoreboard, but it was on the final statistics.

The Buckaroos outgained the Badgers, 255-134. They also limited Bishop to only eight first downs in the ball game.

A 20-yard field goal by Rey Guzman and an eight-yard touchdown run by Mikey Carrillo was all the scoring Freer needed.

Carrillo ended the game with 99 rushing yards on 19 carries. His longest carry of the night was that of 20 yards. Fabian Eeds had 12 carries for 68 yards and his longest run was 15 yards.

Freer ended its season winning four of its last five games, including wins in its last three games against Riviera, Banquete and Bishop.