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Bulls claim Big Sandy victory

By Clay Corbett | Published Saturday, October 27, 2012

GIVING THE SLIP – Bridgeport’s Hunter Gantt is surrounded by Eagle defenders as he makes his way down the field. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

This time it was Bridgeport’s turn to end the Battle of Big Sandy with an interception. Blake Arrington picked off a Grayson Muehlstein pass with just over a minute left to seal the deal for Bridgeport. The Bulls (3-5, 1-1) held on for the 28-21 victory.

“It was a very hard-fought game on both sides of the ball,” Bridgeport coach Danny Henson said. “This year we came up with the big interception to end the game.”

Decatur (3-6, 0-3) was driving with an opportunity to tie the game, when Levi Rust’s halfback pass intended for Muehlstein was intercepted. The turnover ended the Eagles hopes of winning and also any postseason hopes.

“That was a bad call on my part,” Decatur coach Kyle Story said about the interception. “We just didn’t make enough plays to win tonight. Bridgeport deserved to win and they did a good job tonight.”

The Bulls were able to run out the clock after the turnover. A 31-yard run by Gabe Huerta sealed the deal. Huerta ended the night with 198 yards and three touchdowns.

“It was a big win and it keeps our playoff hopes alive,” Huerta said. “The Battle of Big Sandy is always a big game and it’s great to come out with a victory.”

Huerta got the scoring started for Bridgeport on the first play of the second quarter, taking it in from 40-yards out to tie the game 7-7.

Decatur had a chance to take the lead late in the second quarter, but Ben Blattner fumbled the ball at the Bull 9-yard line after catching a pass from Muehlstein.

Bridgeport got the scoring started in the third quarter, with Huerta’s second score of the night on a 5-yard touchdown run, giving Bridgeport a 14-7 lead. The Bulls would never trail again.

Decatur answered on their next possession with a Muehlstein 12-yard touchdown, tying the game 14-14.

One play into their next drive, Hunter Gantt came around from his receiver position taking the hand-off and then hitting Blake Arrington in stride for a 47-yard pass play. Five plays later Huerta crossed the goal-line giving the Bulls a 21-14 lead.

“This is the first week we’ve had Hunter [Gantt] and Gabe [Huerta] healthy enough to practice together,” Henson said. “They both showed up and played really well.”

Muehlstein had to work some magic to keep pace on Decatur’s next drive. Facing second and long from the Bull 36, Muehlstein went back to pass and scrambled around avoiding numerous tacklers before heaving it downfield to Cain Lowe for a miracle score.

With the game tied 21-21, Bridgeport turned to Gantt once again for their final score of the night. Gantt swept around right end for a 31-yard score to put the Bulls up by a touchdown with just over three minutes left.

MAKING TRACKS – Decatur’s Grayson Muehlstein looks to get around the Bridgeport defense Friday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

BRIDGEPORT 28, DECATUR 21

Decatur … 7 … 0 … 7 … … 7-21
Bridgeport … 0 … 7 … 7 … … 14-28

FIRST QUARTER

Decatur – Levi Rust 2 run; Allen kick

SECOND QUARTER

Bridgeport – Gabe Huerta 40 run; Hernandez kick

THIRD QUARTER

Bridgeport – Huerta 5 run; Hernandez kick
Decatur – Grayson Muehlstein 12 run; Allen kick

FOURTH QUARTER

Bridgeport – Huerta 4 run; Hernandez kick
Decatur – Cain Lowe 36 pass from Muehlstein; Allen kick
Bridgeport – Hunter Gantt 31 run; Hernandez kick

DECATUR … BRIDGEPORT

First Downs … 19 … 18
Rushes yards … 37-181 … 45-328
Passing yards … 156 … 97
Total yards … 337 … 425
Comp-att-int … 12-20-1 … 4-7-0
Punts-avg. … 3-30 … 1-40
Fumbles-lost … 2-2 … 2-1
Penalties … 3-42 … 6-55

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

Rushing: Decatur, Muehlstein, 17-115; Bridgeport, Huerta, 28-198, Gantt, 16-135
Passing; Decatur, Muehlstein, 12-19-156; Bridgeport, Gantt, 1-1-47, Collins, 1-1, 44
Receiving: Decatur, Lowe, 4-62; Bridgport, Arrington, 2-91

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