Varsity football looks back on the season

Varsity football looks back on the season

By Staff

Each season has its unique challenges and expectations and this year was no exception for the Bucks.

The Bucks season starts in the previous spring and continues through summer workouts and the team camp at Eastern Oregon University.

“Lots of people wanted to participate between June and July,” said coach Taua Cabatbat.

They started the season with a 2-1 record with the loss coming against Columbia from Meridian, Idaho. The Buckaroos notched wins against Hug (21-20) and Sparks (33-13).

Lowry then played a close game against Spring Creek during which the starting quarterback Erick Valencia sustained a season-ending injury. 

“It’s been a rough last few weeks,” said Cabatbat. “There had been lots of injuries, especially with what happened to our quarterback.” 

However, that didn’t stop them from making the most of the season. They picked up another win against South Tahoe 38-20 and that was enough to get the Buckaroos into the playoffs against Fallon. Unfortunately, they fell 48-14 to the Greenwave in the final game of the season.

Senior Anthony Guzman was recognized as a 1st-team All-League offensive player. For him,  football was more than just two-a-days.  

“In my four years at Lowry football was the highlight for me every year as I feel like it helped me grow as a person and understand myself better,” said Anthony Guzman. “I’m gonna miss the program in general and the friends I have made through the years.” 

Despite the 3-7 record, the Bucks received many post-season honors. 

Roan Hornbarger 2nd Team All-State Defensive Line;  David Walker 2nd Team All-State Offensive Line; Roan Hornbarger 1st Team All-League Defensive Line; David Walker 1st Team All-League Offensive Line; Luke Fentress 1st Team All-League Tight End; Anthony Guzman 1st Team All-League Wide Receiver. 

Erick Valencia turns the corner against the Spartans. /Eli Long • The Brand
Erick Valencia turns the corner against the Spartans. /Eli Long • The Brand