The skies opened up over Bridgeport Friday night and so did the Princeton Panthers offense in the third quarter.
Princeton exploded for 33 third quarter points on their way to a 40-21 victory putting more of a damper on Bridgeport’s homecoming festivities.
Bridgeport held their own in the first half taking a 14-7 lead to the break. With the rain coming down it made the rain soaked homecoming festivities at halftime bearable for the home crowd.
That all changed early in the third quarter.
Bridgeport had all the momentum coming out of the locker room, even with starting running back Gabe Huerta sidelined with an ankle injury. He had left the game in the second quarter, after gaining 96 yards. He never returned to play.
Despite Huerta’s injury, Bridgeport had a nice start to the second half. The Bulls forced a fumble on Princeton’s first drive of the third quarter.
Taking over at the Panther 27-yard line, it appeared the Bulls were on their way to taking a two-score lead.
But two plays later Princeton’s Brandon Hahenstein ripped the ball away from Panther Hunter Gantt and raced 70-yards for a touchdown to tie the game 14-14.
Bridgeport never recovered as the Panther onslaught continued.
Princeton quarterback Jordan Blake, son of former Dallas Cowboy and Oklahoma coach John Blake, scored on 93 and 83 yard runs in the quarter.
Marquis Thomas added an 11 yard touchdown and N’keal Bailey capped off the long third quarter with a 64 yard touchdown.
Princeton took a 40-14 lead into the final quarter.
Bridgeport would add a Rivera three yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter.
Princeton struck first in the game with a 33-yard CJ Bryant run to take a 7-0 lead. The Bulls took control for the remainder of the first half.
Late in the first quarter, Michael Rivera scored from 11 yards out to tie the game 7-7.
Halfway through the second quarter Bridgeport struck again when Trey Cook found Blake Arrington for 12-yard touchdown pass to give the Bulls a 14-7 lead.
BRIDGEPORT 21, PRINCETON 40
Princeton … 7 … 0 … 33 … … 0-40
Bridgeport … 7 … 7 … 0 … … 7-21
Prin – CJ Bryant 33 run; Anthony kick
Bridge – Michael Rivera 9 run; Hernandez kick
Bridge – Blake Arrington 12 pass from Trey Cook; Hernandez kick
Prince – Brandon Hohenstein 72 fumble return; Anthony kick
Prince – Jourdan Blake 93 run; Anthony kick
Prince – Marquis Thomas 11 run; Anthony kick
Prince – Blake 83 run; kick failed
Prince – N’keal Bailey 64 run; kick failed
Bridge – Rivera 3 run; Anthony kick
PRINCETON … BRIDGEPORT
First Downs … 17 … 25
Rushes-Yards … 422 … 204
Passing Yards … 66 … 168
Total Yards … 488 … 372
Comp-Att-Int … 8-13-1 … 13-23-2
Punts-Avg … 3-34.7 … 5-40.8
Fumbles lost … 2-2 … 6-2
Rushing: Princeton, Blake 10-196; Bridgeport, Huerta, 10-96
Passing: Princeton, Blake, 8-12-1-66; Bridgeport, Trey Cook, 8-14-2-104
Receiving: Prince, Jakari Dillard, 4-25; Bridgeport, Blake Arrington, 6-91