After playing two top-ten teams in two weeks the Bridgeport Bulls get a bit of a reprieve this week.
They traveled to Alvarado and Abilene Wylie to start the season. Now they get to return to Bridgeport this week for their home opener at Bull Stadium.
Iowa Park (1-1) travels to Bridgeport (0-2) Friday for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
Even with their starting quarterback Hunter Gantt out of the lineup, Bridgeport head coach Danny Henson felt his offense regressed in the second game.
“I felt our defense played better, but our offensive line was better the first week,” Henson said. “Offensively, we just had a bad night.”
Gantt is still in a walking boot with no exact timetable on his return. Sophomore Trey Cook continues to take the snaps behind center in Gantt’s absence. Cook was 12-23 for 64 yards and two interceptions against Wylie.
“Trey did a good job,” Henson said. “He’s only in his second week as preparing as a starter. He understands the things he has to do. He just has to get used to the speed of the game.”
Iowa Park is coming off a 33-7 loss to Gainesville. The Leopards are a district opponent of the Bulls, and Henson says the Hawks just fell to a hot team.
“Iowa Park ran into a team that is playing really good right now,” said Henson. “They will be trying to rebound.”
Iowa Park runs a scheme similar to Abilene Wylie, so Henson feels if the Bull defense can keep improving, it should be a good match-up.
Offensively is where the biggest improvement needs to take place if Bridgeport is going to capture their first victory of the season.
“Our blocking was not where it needed to be,” Henson said about last week. “We had assignment errors, and our passing game has got to be sharper. We have to get those things corrected if we want to be an offense that is hard to defend.”
IOWA PARK (1-1) AT BRIDGEPORT (0-2)
7:30 at Bull Stadium
BRIDGEPORT: Harris Rating 192
NOTABLE: Sophomore Trey Cook steps in for the second straight week for injured quarterback Hunter Gantt.
IOWA PARK: Harris Rating 200
NOTABLE: The Hawks return 17 starters to a team that only won one game last season.
HARRIS LINE: Iowa Park by 8