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Bridgeport riding high

By Clay Corbett | Published Wednesday, September 26, 2012

After two grueling weeks against top-ten opponents to begin the season, the Bridgeport Bulls have righted the ship. Two straight victories have them riding high into their homecoming game against Princeton.

Bridgeport (2-2) takes on the Princeton Panthers (4-0) Friday at Bulls Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.

Bridgeport is coming off their most complete game of the season offensively against Burkburnett.

The Bulls rushed for 317 yards and passed for 286.

“We were much more effective in the passing game,” Bridgeport coach Danny Henson said about the Burkburnett victory.

Helping with the passing was the return of quarterback Hunter Gantt, who was injured early in the Alvarado game and had not seen action since.

He went 9-18 for 142 yards in a back-up role last week. His ankle injury is coming around, and Gantt will get the start against Princeton.

“His ankle is still not back to 100 percent,” Henson said. “Hunter will start this week but Trey [Cook] will play too.”

Cook has passed for 334 yards during Gantt’s injury.

Things were opening up in the passing game because of another tremendous performance from Gabe Huerta. He rushed for 277 yards and six touchdowns. Huerta added 132 receiving yards.

Huerta’s performance leaves him 355 yards shy of Colin Jones’ school record.

With players coming back from injury and district right around the corner, things are falling into place for the Bulls. The offensive line is another bright spot that is taking form.

“They had the best game that they have had so far,” Henson said about the line’s performance against Burkburnett. “They had some real positive blocks and some great blocks downfield.”

On the defensive side of the ball, Brian Hutchison is battling back from injury too and responded with two interceptions last week.

Bridgeport will need all the help they can get against an undefeated Princeton team. The Panthers are coming off a 42-7 win against Samuel.

“They are a very talented team, with a lot of speed,” Henson said about the Panthers. “They are very deserving of their 4-0 record.”

PRINCETON (4-0) AT BRIDGEPORT (2-2)

7:30 p.m. at Bull Stadium

Bridgeport: Harris Rating 200

Notable: Gabe Huerta is 355 yards shy of Colin Jones’ school rushing record.

Princeton: Harris Rating 212

Notable: Princeton is averaging 42 points per game so far this season.

Harris line: Princeton by 11

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