With two straight victories the Bridgeport Bulls have secured a playoff spot out of District 9-3A with one game to play. Although Friday’s game won’t change the playoff picture, there is still a district title on the line.
Bridgeport (4-5, 2-1) will host the Gainesville Leopards (9-0, 3-0) Friday at Bull Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.
The Bulls will be District 9-3A’s second seed in the Class 3A Division II playoffs. They will open the postseason against the winner of the Celina and Argyle game to be played this Friday.
Gainesville will be the district’s big-school representative in the Class 3A Division I side of the bracket.
“We are playing for a share of a district title,” Bridgeport coach Danny Henson said. “It’s a big championship, and it would be reaching one of our goals.”
The Bulls are playing their best football of the season at the right time. They put up more than 400 yards of offense against Sanger, and the defense is coming up with key stops when it needs to.
Gabe Huerta broke Colin Jones’ school rushing record last week and currently stands at 4,231 career rushing yards.
Opening things up for Huerta is the resurgence of Hunter Gantt, which gave the Bulls a new dynamic on the offensive side of the ball.
Bridgeport will need all those cylinders clicking when they take on the undefeated Leopards. Gainesville’s defense has shut out all their district opponents in the first half.
“Their defense is outstanding,” Henson said. “It will be a big challenge for us. We have to be efficient in the run and pass game.”
Gainesville’s offense is just as potent. They are coming off a 20-19 win over Krum.
The Leopards have speed all over the field and very dangerous skill players. Quarterback Denzel Johnson has rushed for 763 yards and passed for 723.
Running back Adam Berryman has rushed for 1,238 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Henson knows the Bulls could use some breaks Friday.
“We hope they have a game like they did against Krum when they had some turnover problems,” Henson said. “We need to win the turnover battle.”
GAINESVILLE (9-0, 3-0) AT BRIDGEPORT (4-5, 2-1)
7:30 p.m. at Bull Stadium
BRIDGEPORT: Harris Rating 207
NOTABLE: Gabe Huerta currently stands at 4,231 career rushing yards.
GAINESVILLE: Harris Rating 220
NOTABLE: With a win the Leopards will have their first outright district title since 2005.
HARRIS LINE: Gainesville by 13