The Freer Buckaroos hosted the Taft Greyhounds for a non-district ball game, which for most of the Freer fans, it was supposed to be a cakewalk.
The Greyhounds, however, decided they would not just lay down. They were going to make it a game. The Bucks took the first kickoff and marched down the field, capping the drive with Matthew Reyes hitting Jake Acker with a 10-yard pass for the touchdown. Acker added the point-after for a 7-0 lead with only 46 seconds off the clock.
Acker kicked off to Taft and this became costly when Harley Eeds went down with a twisted knee. This put a dent in the Bucks’ defense and the Greyhounds took advantage of the rest of the night. The next score came with 6:51 on the clock in the first period when Reyes hit Acker again. This time, Reyes’ pass was for 41 yards and the point-after was no good. The Greyhounds came back clawing all the way and with 2:09 left in the first quarter, C.J. Perez slipped in from three yards out for the Greyhounds’ first score. The first quarter ended with the Bucks up, 13-6.
In the second quarter, the Bucks looked sluggish and the Greyhounds took advantage of it and moved the ball up and down the field. However, the Bucks kept the Greyhounds out of the end zone until the end of the second quarter. The quarter ended with a controversial play in which it looked like Martin Gomez, who took a pass from R.J. Garza, appeared to have fumbled the ball before going into the end zone. After first saying the ball was down on the 1-yard line, there was a long huddle by the officials. It was decided it was a touchdown.
The Greyhounds decided to go for two and J.R. Garza hit Noe Cueva on a slant pass for the point-after making the score at halftime, 14-13, in the Greyhounds’ favor.
The Bucks came out after halftime with determination, and even though they started off a little slow with some big penalties, by the time 3:40 had ticked off the clock the Bucks had scored. Fabian Eeds ripped through the Greyhounds for 17 yards and Acker added the point-after. Just over four minutes later on the clock, Fabian Eeds ripped off a 19-yard run. The point-after was no good. The third quarter ended with the Bucks up, 26-14.
With 8:41 on the clock in the fourth quarter, Fabian Eeds slashed through the Greyhound defense for a 20-yard touchdown. Marcus Guajardo ran in the point-after. On the Greyhounds’ next possession, they were forced to punt. It was blocked by Raymond Alaniz and picked up by Jacob Dela Garza and run in 35 yards for a touchdown. The point-after kick by Acker was good.
Eeds ended the scoring with 2:55 left in the game on a 20-yard run through the Greyhound defense. The score ended Bucks ahead, 47-14.
Leading rushers for Freer were Fabian Eeds with 16 carries for 209 yards and four touchdowns, Tyler Stewart with three carries for 40 yards and Matthew Reyes with four carries for 27 yards.
“I just love to play football and this award should really go to my linemen they are the ones that open the holes and really make it easy for me to get the yards,” Eeds said.
The leading rusher for Taft was Garza with 12 carries for 67 yards.
Reyes of Freer completed four of nine passes for 85 yards and no interceptions.
Leading receivers for Freer were Acker with three receptions for 81 yards and two touchdowns and Rey Guzman with one reception.
The Bucks host the George West Longhorns for their district opener Friday.