Bucks lose first round playoff game in Durham

QB Brandon Saunders looks over to the sidelines during 11 on 11 at Bucks preseason football practice earlier in the season. (Hal Nunn | North State Journal)

The Hoke County varsity football team lost their away playoff game against Hillside High School in Durham on November 4. The final score of the game was 49-18. Bucks’ senior Ethan Wallace scored all three of the team’s touchdowns, amassing a total of 257 all-purpose yards. The Bucks had a tough match-up, as the Hillside Hornets entered the playoffs with an 11-0 overall record, placing first in the 4A East Conference 30. The Bucks finished their regular season with a 5-6 overall record and a 3-3 conference record. The team finished 5th in the 3A East Conference 24 this year.