Buckholts’ historic season ends with loss to Oakwood
The Buckholts Badgers historic season came to a close with a 83-71 loss to Oakwood Saturday afternoon on sun-filled day at Baker Field at Allen Academy in a 6-Man Division I, Region IV semifinal game.
In front of an overflow Buckholts crowd that spilled out of the packed stands along the fence line, the Badgers wind up 8-4, in a season in which they recorded the school’s first playoff win since 1965.
“We had a wonderful season and saw our ups and downs,” said Buckholts first-year coach and Rockdale native Chad Satcher. “The playoffs were a great experience and the boys played their hearts out.”
Coming off that historic 66-60 victory over Aquilla last Thursday, Buckholts kept up with the speedy Oakwood squad, but could not quite overcome.
Saturday’s game plan was simple: Buckholts passed, Oakwood ran.
Led by string-bean quarterback Damiyne Durham, the Panthers pulled away every time the Badgers got close.
The Badgers knotted the game 43-43 with 5 minutes, 54 seconds left in the third quarter after quarterback Nathan Rice found a wide-open Kade Cowan near the end zone for a 20-yard connection.
However, Oakwood created some breathing room by scoring on two consecutive possessions for a 56-43 lead heading into the final period.
Buckholts trimmed the Panthers’ lead to 69-65 with 3:20 remaining to be played on a nineyard scoring aerial from Rice to Joshua Halsey, but once again, Oakwood reeled off two straight scores for an 83-65 lead with 54 seconds remaining.
The Badgers were playing without their leading rusher David Trevino (573 yards, 14 touchdowns), who suffered a high-ankle sprain in last week’s win.
In his absence, the Badgers managed just 18 yards on the ground in 15 carries.
Rice f inished with a season high 447 yards and nine touchdowns on 26-of-46 accuracy.
His favorite target, Cowan grabbed seven passes—five for touchdowns. He had 192 yards in receiving.
Coming in, Cowan had just 15 receptions for 301 yards and six scores.
Rice ended up passing for over 800 yards, 14 touchdowns to five interceptions in two playoff games.
For Oakwood, the 6-foot-5, 170-pound Durham squirmed his way through the Badger defense for 159 yards and four touchdowns on just 11 carries, while also passing for 201 yards and three scores on just eight completions.
Oakwood—which scored 110 points in its first-round win over Ladonia Fannindel and averages 70 points a game—collected 657 yards of offense, including 375 on the ground.
Three Oakwood runners had over 100 yards rushing for the second consecutive week.
Buckholts had an offensive total of 472—454 through the air.
“I’m extremely proud of what we did,” said Rice, a senior. “I don’t want it to end.”
Here’s a list of the five best 6-man players in Texas history:
1. Jack Pardee, Christoval— Texas A&M. Played and coached in NFL.
2. Ed Sprinkle, Tuscola—Hardin Simmons, Chicago Bears.
3. David Davis, Loop—Texas A&M.
4. Knox Pittard, Mozelle— Baylor, Baltimore Colts.
5. Stacy Mathis, Goree—Baylor, Ottowa Roughriders