Abilene Wylie controlled field position and controlled the game as the No. 12 state-ranked Bulldogs rolled Bridgeport 38-6 Friday night at Bull Memorial Stadium.
Abilene Wylie scored on their first three possessions of the night. Conversely, Bridgeport failed to score until their final possession with a minute remaining in the match.
The Bulldogs opened the scoring when senior tailback Hayden Lewis broke a couple arm tackles and dashed 41 yards to the endzone just three minutes into the game.
Bulls junior quarterback Trey Cook completed several nice passes on the opening drive and made a pair of first downs, but the Bulldogs clamped down and forced a poor punt that gave them solid field position at their own 40. A few minutes later Lewis leapt a fallen Bull defender on a three-yard rushing touchdown.
When the Bulls got the ball, Cook once again found some open receivers and got a pair of first down, but the offense failed to maintain the drive and Bridgeport had to punt. Thanks to a tackle for loss by Bull’s linebacker Wyatt Day, the defense finally kept the Bulldogs out of the endzone on their third offensive possession, but kicker Deric Ince still managed to strike with a 40-yard field goal early in the second quarter.
The Bulls offensive line had trouble protecting Cook as the night wore on. Bridgeport had some chances in the second quarter to catch up, but the sacks mounted up and Abilene Wylie maintained generous field position all night.
An almost 50-yard punt return by Ince, the special teams MVP of the night, set up an easy touchdown run for Bulldog senior quarterback Blake Frampton.
On the next offensive possession Cook suffered back-to-back sacks, and a poor punt gave the Bulldogs the ball at the Bull 35-yard line. Moments later senior defensive back Bryan Hutchinson intercepted a tipped pass at his own 19.
But again, the Bulls’ offense failed to move the chains. From deep in his own territory, Cook had a punt attempt blocked and the Bulldogs took over at the Bulls eight. Frampton tossed a short pass for one more score before halftime, taking a 31-0 lead into the locker room.
Bridgeport never gained solid field position until late in the fourth. Cook capped the end of a 50-yard drive with a six-yard touchdown pass to an outstretched Raby Hawkins, rewarding the loyal Bull fans who waited until the end.
Cook finished the night 18 of 41 with 160 passing yards, one touchdown and one interception. With lead running back Chase Collins out of the game with an injury, Dillon McAlister became the lead rusher, picking up 38 yards on eight carries. Hawkins proved to be the most reliable target, with 92 yards and a touchdown on six receptions.
Bridgeport falls to 0-2 for the season. Next Saturday they travel to Memorial Stadium Wichita Falls to play Iowa Park in an attempt to pick up their first win of the season.
ABILENE WYLIE 38, BRIDGEPORT 6
Abilene Wylie … 14 … 17 … 7 … … 0 … – … 38
Bridgeport … 0 … 0 … 0 … … 6 … – … 6
Wylie – 9:01, Hayden Lewis 15 run; Deric Ince kick
Wylie – 4:23, Lewis 3 run; Ince kick
Wylie – 11:02, Ince 40 yard field goal
Wylie – 5:58, Blake Frampton 13 run; Ince kick
Wylie – 1:27, Frampton 4 pass to Clay Johnston; Ince kick
Wylie – 5:30, Frampton 38 pass to Jaxon Bounds; Ince kick
Bridgeport – 1:01, Trey Cook 6 pass to Raby Hawkins; PAT failed
ABILENE WYLIE … BRIDGEPORT
First Downs … 15 … 12
Rushes Yards … 176 … 71
Passing Yards … 179 … 160
Total Yards … 355 … 231
Comp-Att-Int … 12-20-1 … 18-41-1
Fumbles lost … 2-2 … 1-1
Penalties … 4-40 … 2-10
Rushing – Wylie, Lewis 13-93; Bridgeport, Dillon McAlister 8-38.
Receiving – Wylie, Bounds 2-49; Bridgeport, Hawkins, 6-92.
Passing – Wylie, Frampton 9-15-141; Bridgeport, Cook, 18-41-153.