The Krum Bobcats proved their mettle with a 34-14 over Bridgeport Friday night in their first-ever varsity district game.
Despite the final score, the win didn’t come easy for the Bobcats at home. The teams were tied 14-14 until almost halfway through the final quarter.
Bridgeport made it look easy on their opening possession, capping off the seven-play drive with a 31-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Hunter Gantt to senior receiver Blake Arrington. But the Bulls didn’t hold the lead for long, as Krum struck back with a 53-yard dash by the diminutive, speedy back Reed Flores. The Bobcat running back racked up 180 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries before the night was over.
The running game was strong all night for Krum as their offensive line regularly opened gaping holes. Krum quarterback Caz Wojciak only had 42 yards passing, but he accumulated 150 on the ground.
Bridgeport scored again halfway through the second when Gantt found Arrington open in the end zone for a 12-yard touchdown pass.
It looked like the Bulls would take the lead into halftime. With a minute-and-a-half left in the first half, Bridgeport made a valiant stand on their own one-yard line, forcing a fumble they recovered. But moments later, Gantt coughed up the ball at his own 7-yard-line and Bobcats swarmed on the fallen pigskin. With one second left in the first half, Wojciak connected on a five-yard pass to Dylan Coffin, tying the game at 14.
A defensive struggle and battle for field position ensued until Krum busted the floodgates in the fourth quarter.
First, Flores scored on a 4-yard scamper five minutes into the final quarter. Three minutes later, going for it on fourth down from the Bulls’ 16 yard line, Wojciak angled in a perfect pass to wideout Brennan Ellis. A missed PAT made it 27-14 with four-and-a-half minutes to go.
Flores showed his breakaway speed one more time with 38-yard run to end zone, highlighted by an ankle-breaking cut about 10 yards from the goal line.
Bridgeport’s premier running back Gabe Huerta was limited to just 13 carries for 53 yards, a season-low for the senior who did not play last week due to an injury. The Bulls were also plagued by bobbled snaps and turnovers.
Krum started their nascent football program five years ago with seventh and eighth grade teams only. They added a freshmen team in year two and a JV in the third. Last year was the first time they fielded a varsity squad, and the team went 6-4 as an independent. This marks their first year playing in a district and only their second year fielding a varsity squad.
Despite that inexperience, Krum is now 7-0 for the season and 1-0 in district play. The only other perfect team in the district is Gainesville, who is 7-0 after a romp over Decatur.
Bridgeport falls to 2-5 overall and has a bye week to regroup and heal before they take on cross-county rival Decatur at home in the “Battle of the Big Sandy” Oct. 26.
KRUM 34; BRIDGEPORT 14
Bridgeport … 7 … 7 … 0 … … 0-14
Krum … 7 … 7 … 0 … … 20-34
Bridgeport – 8:41; Hunter Gantt 37-yard pass to Blake Arrington; Michael Rivera kick good
Krum – 4:49; Reed Flores 53-yard run; Morgan Sprayberry kick good
Bridgeport – 5:52; Gantt 12-yard pass to Arrington; Rivera kick good
Krum – 0:01; Caz Wojciak 5-yard pass to Dylan Coffin; Sprayberry kick good
Krum – 7:30; Flores 4-yard run; Sprayberry kick good
Krum – 4:26; Wojciak 16-yard pass to Brennan Ellis; PAT missed
Krum – 1:47; Flores 380yard run; Sprayberry kick good
BRIDGEPORT … KRUM
First Downs … 11 … 20
Rushes Yards … 132 … 380
Passing Yards … 121 … 9
Total Yards … 154 … 389
Comp-Att-Int … 10-22-1 … 4-9-0
Punts … 2-38 … 0-0
Fumbles lost … 3-2 … 3-1
Penalties … 3-35 … 8-75
Rushing – Bridgeport; Hunter Gantt 18-78; Reed Flores 24-180-2 TDs, Krum – Caz Wojciak 14-150
Receiving – Bridgeport; Gantt 6-10-85-2 TDs; Krum – Caz Wojciak 4-9-4202 TDs
Passing – Bridgeport; Blake Arrington 3-68-2 TDs; Krum – Brenna Ellis 2-20-1 TD