Bulls pray for Huerta’s return

By Clay Corbett | Published Wednesday, October 3, 2012
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UP-THE-MIDDLE – Bridgeport’s Michael Rivera breaks a tackle Friday against Princeton. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

After giving up 33 third-quarter points to the Princeton Panthers in Bridgeport’s homecoming loss, the Bulls will try to start turning things around this week.

Bridgeport hosts the Graham Steers at Bull Stadium Friday. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.

“We just had some critical turnovers,” Bridgeport coach Danny Henson said about the third quarter debacle. “Then they had two touchdown runs of 80 and 90 yards to put the game out of reach.”

The change of momentum along with the loss of starting running back Gabe Huerta took its toll on the Bulls in the second half.

Huerta left in the second quarter with an ankle injury. He had already rushed for 93 yards at the time of the injury.

Huerta is questionable this week and may come down to a game-time decision.

There were thoughts he could return during the second half against Princeton but Huerta was unable to cut on his ankle Henson said.

“He’ll get treatment on it this week, and we’ll see how effective he can be,” he said. “If he is effective then he’ll play.”

Alex Kline and Michael Rivera will take the snaps at running back this week in practice.

Bridgeport will keep the two-quarterback system going. Hunter Gantt and Trey Cook will both see time against Graham, but Henson is unsure who will start.

“Whoever starts doesn’t mean they will play more than the other guy,” Henson said. “Who plays will depend on plans at the time.”

Cook led the two in passing with 128 yards and a touchdown. Gantt led the duo in rushing with 77 yards and a touchdown.

Besides getting everyone healthy, Henson would like to see a couple more things before the district opener next week.

“We’ve got to cut down on mental mistakes,” Henson said. “Offensively we’ve got to hold on to the ball. Our passing game is showing signs but some interceptions are holding us back. Our execution isn’t quite where it needs to be.”

FLYING AWAY – Princeton’s Jourdan Blake tries to get away from the Bulls’ Justin Cooper. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

7:30 p.m. at Bull Stadium

Bridgeport: Harris Rating 201

Notable: Gabe Huerta gained 93 yards in the first half against Princeton before getting injured. He will be a game-time decision this week.

Graham: Harris Rating 225

Notable: The Steers won on their final drive of the game last week against Springtown, 32-28.

Harris line: Graham by 14

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