It hasn’t been the start the Bridgeport Bulls had hoped for.
After their loss to Princeton Friday, the Bulls remain winless with one game remaining before the District 9-3A schedule begins.
Bridgeport (0-5) will take on the Graham Steers (5-0) Friday in Graham. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.
“We didn’t do a good job of containing their speed and turnovers killed us,” Bridgeport coach Danny Henson said about the Princeton game. “We’ve got to go back to the basics of how to play the game right.”
The Bulls have been getting gashed in the running game. Opponents are averaging 297 yards on the ground, while Bridgeport is gaining only 63 yards per game.
They are minus 3 in the turnover margin, and injuries continue to mount.
Receiver Jaz Hickson is the latest Bull to go down, and isn’t expected back for a few weeks.
“We’ve got to improve in the fundamentals, and we work on it every week,” Henson said. “We’ve got a lot of kids who have been just thrown into roles because of necessity.”
Things won’t get any easier with No. 4 Graham on the horizon. The Steers are undefeated and are coming off a 49-14 win over Springtown. No team has scored more than 15 points on Graham all season, and offensively they haven’t scored fewer than 35.
“They are very well deserving of their high ranking,” Henson said.
The Steers’ offense is clicking on all cylinders. Their balanced attack has them averaging 270 pass yards per game and 240 on the ground.
Senior quarterback Ben Davis has already thrown for 1,349 yards.
It will be a grueling final tune-up for the Bulls before they open district play next week against Krum.
AT GRAHAM (5-0)
at Newton Field
Bridgeport: Harris Rating 196
Notable: Bridgeport has allowed 1,487 yards on the ground in five games this season.
Graham: Harris Rating 238
Notable: Graham quarterback Ben Davis is completing 63 percent of his pass attempts.Harris line: Graham by 42