For two-and-a-half quarters Friday, the Bridgeport Bulls appeared to be on their way to their first victory and a spot in the playoff race.
Then they got outscored 24-0 in the final 17 minutes, and left Bull Memorial Stadium still winless.
The Bulls had one of their best performances against Sanger and hope to build on that when they face the top team in district in their season finale.
Bridgeport (0-9, 0-3) tangles with the Gainesville Leopards (8-0, 3-0) Friday at Leopard Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
“We executed well and played with a high energy level,” Bridgeport coach Danny Henson said of the Sanger loss. “It was disappointing considering playing as hard as we did.”
The Bulls hope to carry over that same intensity level when they face the undefeated Leopards.
“We have the same message every week,” Henson said. “We need to take that intensity and be ready to compete against Gainesville.”
Bridgeport needs to capitalize again off another good start, if they can get some breaks early against Gainesville. The Bulls jumped out to a 14-0 lead against Sanger and didn’t trail until early in the fourth quarter.
Sanger ended up with 406 rushing yards as they stormed back from 16 down in the second half. Gainesville will throw another good rushing attack at the Bulls.
They average 304 yards rushing and are coming off a 38-19 win over Krum.
“They are the best team in our district,” Henson said. “They have a solid offense and are good on defense.”
A loss would leave Bridgeport with an 0-10 record for the first time since 1992 – the season before Henson arrived.
BRIDGEPORT (0-9, 0-3) AT GAINESVILLE (8-0, 3-0)
7:30 p.m. at Leopard Stadium
Bridgeport: Harris Rating 186
Notable: A loss would give the Bulls their first 0-10 record since 1992.
Gainesville: Harris Rating 229
Notable: With a win the Leopards would finish the regular season undefeated for the second straight year.
Harris line: Gainesville by 35