Although the Bridgeport Bulls were unable to get a piece of the district championship after falling to Gainesville Friday, they will still be heading to the postseason for the sixth consecutive season.
Bridgeport (4-6) battles No. 7 Argyle (9-1) in a Class 3A Division II bi-district playoff game Friday at Flower Mound Marcus High School. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
“It’s something to be proud of,” Bridgeport coach Danny Henson said about the playoff streak. “Shows the work the kids do year in and year out. It’s a big accomplishment.”
Advancing in the playoffs will be an even bigger obstacle for the Bulls. Argyle was a state finalist in 2011 and looks just as strong this season.
The Eagles have won nine straight, with their only loss coming to Wylie back in week zero. They defeated Celina 45-7 in their regular-season finale.
Bridgeport scrimmaged Argyle to begin the season, which Henson feels is an advantage.
“The kids don’t have to be intimidated because we’ve already been on the field against them,” Henson said.
Argyle’s defense has been lights-out this season, especially in district play. They have given up 13 points in four district contests, while their offense has scored 224 points in that same span.
Henson feels Argyle’s defense are as strong as the one that played for the state championship last year.
“A lot of aspects of their game is similar,” Henson said. “Their defense is just as good [as last season]. They are a little younger, but they have some special players.”
Offensively the Bulls can’t afford many mistakes if they want to try to pull off the upset.
“We can’t turn the ball over,” Henson said. “We have to have great execution and not miss any assignments.”
Numerous missed tackles cost Bridgeport against Gainesville, and they can’t let that happen against an even better Argyle team.
“Defensively we have to play a great game,” Henson said. “We have to do a better job tackling, play physical up front and fight off blockers.”
BRIDGEPORT (4-6) VS. ARGYLE (9-1)
7:30 p.m. at Marcus High School
BRIDGEPORT: The Bulls are making their sixth straight playoff appearance.
ARGYLE: The Eagles fell in the Class 3A Division II state championship game 21-14 to Wimberly last season.
HARRIS LINE: Argyle by 37