Bucks drop three straight in 7-on-7 championship

by dentonramsey

Bucks drop three straight in 7-on-7 championship

By Denton Ramsey / Staff Writer


The Alpine Bucks 7-on-7 football team dropped three straight games in College Station to end their season at 12-4.

On Friday afternoon at 2 p.m., Alpine fell 41-21 to 4A Stephenville.

“Their quarterback was a Division I QB for Florida,” Bucks Head Coach Mike Sanchez said. “And we were down just 7-0 at halftime.

“Stephenville was used to being on top 35-0 at halftime over most of the teams they played. And for us to hang like we did was amazing.”

Wes O’Bryant led the Bucks in game one with three touchdowns.

Rain cancelled the remainder of Friday’s action and resumed the following day.

At 8:40 a.m. on Saturday, the Bucks dropped their second straight decision in a 56-40 loss to 5A The Woodlands.

“We should have, and could have, won every game,” Sanchez said. “But if we had five good players, they matched up with 20.

“Our opponents just had more size, strength, speed and running ability. But we still hung in there. If there had been a reward for heart, Alpine would get it.”

Leading the way for the Bucks in game two was O’Bryant with three touchdowns, while J.D. Leyva and Salomon Ramos added solo touchdowns.

In what turned out to be the Bucks final game of the season, Alpine fell in a three-point heartbreaker, 41-38 against 5A Weatherford.

“The main reason for our loss to Weatherford was due to missing our conversions,” Sanchez said. “It was a back and forth battle, but their underneath speed is what beat us. They were just so fast and we were overmatched, but we gave them a run for their money.”

O’Bryant again led the Bucks in their final game of the season with three touchdowns as Leyva and Adam Fuentez followed suit with one touchdown a piece.

After going 0-3 in the state tournament, all was not lost as many of the referees commented on the Bucks professional demeanor.

“The refs told me that our boys were clean, they didn’t fight and cuss, and they just played hard football,” Sanchez said.

The consolation game, slated for Saturday evening, was cancelled in order to fit in all the championship games.

The Bucks were scheduled to face Cy Fair in the consolation match-up.

“Going to Texas A&M and getting to meet Reggie McNeal was a great experience for the kids,” Sanchez said. “We were able to workout in the weight room and then walked out to the 50-yard line at Kyle Field with McNeal. It was a great experience.”

Sanchez said he plans to return to next year’s championship series–and the Bucks can win it all with a few changes.

“We need more discipline and hard work,” Sanchez said. “Focus is what we need to keep. But I’m making plans to be there again. Moving the ball down the field and improving our speed next year is a major point of emphasis.

“But I have to say that I am real proud of the kids and the way they hung in there. They were fighters.”

Sanchez and the 7-on-7 squad would thanked the following supporters: Alicia’s Burritos, Alpine Credit Union, Baeza’a, Coca-Cola, Digital Studios, Food Basket, Fort Davis State Bank, Frito Lay, The Holland Hotel, Johnson’s Feed and Western Wear, La Casita, The Martin Company, Oriental Express, Outback Bar & Grill, The Press Boxx, Southwest Texas Municipal Gas Company, Triangle Market, True Value, West Texas National Bank, Nip & Sip, Oasis Tire Company, Coach Chavarria at Sonora, the Sanchez family, Ozona and all the of Bucks fans.


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