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Buckaroos' drive to win fuels turnaround

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BRECKENRIDGE, Texas - Many coaches preach how a challenging non-district schedule prepares their team for the district season, where games count towards making the playoffs.

Perhaps no area team had a more difficult non-district slate than Breckenridge. After losing all five non-district games, the Buckaroos have rebounded to win all three of their District 4-3A Division I match-ups.

"We struggled fundamentally, and we didn't wait until week eight to find that out," head coach Casey Hubble said. "We found out in weeks two, three and four, so you can be thankful for that. Just figure out how to get better each week."

Hubble said the Bucks' weaknesses were exposed in losses to powerhouse programs Cisco and Eastland, and Class 4A schools Mineral Wells and Wichita Falls Hirschi. Those lumps allowed them to focus on correcting mistakes.

But during that five-game losing stretch, the message was to stay focused and renew their desire to follow through on their main goal.

"Just the drive to win," junior lineman Rance Russell said. "I don't think we had that. We went out there thinking we were going to win, but I think we've figured out you have to want to win in order to win."

Breckenridge first defeated Paradise in double overtime on the road, then comfortably handled Bowie and Boyd.

The Buckaroos will play at Ponder this Friday before finishing the season against formidable Brock in a game that could decide the district champion.

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