Four first half touchdowns by Gainesville’s Adam Berryman put an early end to Bridgeport’s night.
Gainesville raced out to a 21-0 lead and never looked back on their way to a 49-14 victory.With the win the Leopards (10-0, 4-0) claim the outright District 9-3A crown.
Bridgeport (4-6, 2-2) will face Argyle in the bi-district round of the playoffs Friday.
“They’ve got a really good team, and they are deserving of their record,” Bridgeport coach Danny Henson said. “We didn’t come out and play as well as would have liked to early. We settled down and started playing a little better after that.”
The trouble for the Bulls started right out of the gate when they were forced to punt on their first possession. A bad snap went beyond Trey Cook, and Gainesville took over at the Bull 5 yard-line.
Two plays later Berryman scored his first touchdown of the night to give the Leopards a 7-0 lead.
Bridgeport went 24 yards in 10 plays on their next possession before turning the ball over on downs. The Bulls would give the ball up on downs in four of their first five possessions in the first half.
“They are a team that is going to score points, and those are fourth downs that we thought we should make,” Henson said. “We were at a point where we needed to get something going, but it didn’t work out. In those situations, I’d go for it again.”
The Leopards responded with a seven-play drive capped off by another Berryman touchdown.
After another turnover on downs, Gainesville came right back with a nine-yard touchdown run by Berryman.
Bridgeport picked up their first score of the night on a Gabe Huerta two-yard run to cut the lead to 21-7. A week after breaking the school’s rushing record Huerta rushed for 81 yards against a stingy Leopard defense.
Berryman added his fourth score of the half late in the second quarter on a 31-yard run. He ended the night with 165 yards and five touchdowns.
The Bulls stopped the Leopards first drive of the second half with a Blake Arrington interception, but seven plays later Trey Cook threw an interception and Jacob Royal returned it 37 yards for another Leopard touchdown.
Berryman would add his last score of the night later in the quarter to give Gainesville a 42-7 lead heading to the final quarter.
Hunter Gantt gave the Bulls their final score with a 21-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter.
GAINESVILLE 49, BRIDGEPORT 14
Gainesville … 14 … 14 … 14 … … 7-49
Bridgeport … 0 … 7 … 0 … … 7-14
Gainesville – Adam Berryman 1 run; Hector Segrero kick
Gainesville – Berryman 4 run: Segrero kick
Gainesville – Berryman 9 run; Segrero kick
Bridgeport – Gabe Huerta 2 run; Hernandez kick
Gainesville – Berryman 31 run; Segrero kick
Gainesville – Jacob Royal 37 interception return; Segrero kick
Gainesville – Berryman 49 run; Segrero kick
Bridgeport – Hunter Gantt 21 run; Hernandez kick
Gainesville – Royal 58 run; Segrero kick
GAINESVILLE … BRIDGEPORT
First Downs … 18 … 17
Rushes yards … 324 … 111
Passing yards … 66 … 160
Total yards … 390 … 271
Comp-Att-Int … 7-10-1 … 13-29-2
Penalties … 2-15 … 1-15
Rushing: Gainesville, Adam Berryman 17-165; Bridgeport, Gabe Huerta, 20-81
Passing: Gainesville, Denzel Johnson 7-10-1-66; Bridgeport, Trey Cook, 9-15-108
Receiving: Gainesville, David Moore 4-40; Bridgeport, Blake Arrington, 6-107