Hico’s Homecoming didn’t turn out as expected with a 34-0 loss Friday against the Breckenridge Buckaroos.

“We’re a school of about 170 and Breckenridge is a school of about 450,” said Coach Keith Wood after the game, “so they’re a pretty good size school. We knew coming in that it was going to be a tough battle, just because looking on film and kind of the size of them, how physical they were and stuff. But I’m proud of our guys. We played a hell of a non-district schedule and hopefully it’ll benefit us when we get into the district and play guys our own size.”

During the first quarter the  Buckaroos were up 21-0 with no sign of slowing down. But Hico had other plans. Though they never got on the score board, they had several opportunities to take the field goal, but settled to go for it on fourth down.

After the game and the team meeting on the field, players could be heard telling Coach Wood that, “despite the score, it was one heck of a game.” To which Coach Wood grinned and patted the player on the back.

“It’s never a good homecoming if you don’t win,” he said, “but all I’m looking for right now is improvement. We’re starting eight brand new players this year and we’re kind of going through some growing pains, but again, I think once we get into district we’ll be alright.”

The young team is yet to be versatile and Coach Wood knows it. He expressed this after the game.

“The main thing is, the last however many years we’ve been pretty versatile on offense. We’ve been able to do a lot of different things, but we’re just young in so many positions right now that we can kind of only do one thing and we just have to be good at that. I guess I’m going to have to quit banging my head against the wall and just say, ‘Hey, this is what we are and this is what we need to improve on,’” he said half jokingly.

Hico is entering their bye week and will open district play Oct. 9 at home against DeLeon.