SPORTS HEADLINES

Bulls drop district opener

By Brandon Evans | Published Saturday, October 12, 2013

{{{*}}}After holding a lead halfway into the third quarter, Bridgeport allowed Krum to take control late Friday night, handing the Bulls a 21-10 loss to start district play.

The loss at home left Bridgeport at 0-7. Krum moved to 3-4 (1-0).

Trench Warfare

TRENCH WARFARE – Bridgeport and Krum traded blows in the ground game Friday night in a hard fought match that saw the Bobcats pull ahead 21-10 late with a rushing attack led by Brennan Ellis. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

“This loss was tough – every loss has been tough,” said Bridgeport head coach Danny Henson. “We were in a position to have a chance to win, and we weren’t able to pull it out.

“They had a few opportunities, we had a few opportunities, and they connected and took advantage of theirs and we didn’t. It was a pretty even game. Both teams struggled to move the ball consistently. But in crunch time they made the big plays.”

Bridgeport struck first. Bulls defensive lineman Chance Pierce recovered a fumble at the Bobcat 24 yard line five minutes into the match.

The Bulls then unleashed Jordan Polk, a defensive back who was switched to running back late in the season to shore up depth due to injuries. He provided an instant spark, gaining chunks on the ground before dashing 12 yards for a touchdown, the first points the Bulls had scored in nine quarters.

Polk was aided in the running game by Tyler Raby, another defensive back turned running back.

Henson commended their play.

“I thought they played hard,” he said. “That’s a tough spot to be in. They had to learn a lot of new stuff here recently, and I though they came in and played well.”

Polk ended up with 50 yards and the score. But he also had a fumble in the second quarter. Raby racked up 46 yards on nine carries and Hunter Gantt had 44 on seven.

Midway through the second quarter, Bobcat running back Ian Concepci n got Krum on the board with tough 18-yard run up the gut, breaking arm tackles as he plowed to paydirt.

The score came after the Bulls failed to convert on a fourth-and-two. Instead, quarterback Trey Cook took a five-yard sack, giving Krum great field position.

Bridgeport’s Chris Hernandez connected on a 19-yard field goal late in the first half to give the Bulls a 10-7 lead going into the locker room.

But Krum outscored the Bulls 14-0 down the stretch.

The killer came late in the fourth. With the Bulls only down by four, Krum’s Brennan Ellis got to the perimeter and proceeded to dash 25 yard untouched into the end zone.

“They are all down,” Henson said. “Their hearts are heavy. We have kids out there playing hard. That’s all they can do. Now we have a week off, and we’ve got to get our spirits back up.”

Henson said he hopes to use the bye week to heal some injured players.

“We need that week off,” Henson said. “We’ve played a lot of straight weeks. And we’ve had a lot of adversity. We’ve had a tough year so far. We have to regroup. We have three games left, and we have to get out there and compete and try to get ourselves a win.”

Their next chance comes Oct. 25 at Decatur at the annual Battle of Big Sandy.

KRUM 21, BRIDGEPORT 10

Krum … 0 … 7 … 7 … 7 … – … 21
Bridgeport … 7 … 3 … 0 … 0 … – … 10

FIRST QUARTER

B – 5:48 Jordan Polk 5 run; Chris Hernandez kick

SECOND QUARTER

K – 6:33 Ian Concepcion 11 run; Miguel Licea kick
B – 1:43 Hernandez 18-yard field goal

THIRD QUARTER

K – 6:05 Colton Graham 1 run; Licea kick

FOURTH QUARTER

K – 1:14 Brennan Ellis 25 run; Licea kick

KRUM … BRIDGEPORT

First Downs … 13 … 11
Rushes-Yards … 39-192 … 38-160
Passing Yards … 92 … 35
Total Yards … 284 … 195
Comp-Att-Int … 7-15-0 … 8-19-1
Punts-Avg. … 3-32 … 5-30
Fumbles lost … 1-1 … 1-1
Penalties … 10-110 … 1-15

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing – Bridgeport, Jordan Polk 12-50 1 TD; Krum, Brennan Ellis, 22-112 1 TD
Receiving – Bridgeport, Brazier Talley, 3-15; Krum, Ellis, 2-59
Passing – Bridgeport, Trey Cook 8-19-35; Krum, Colton Graham 7-15-92

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