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Bulls open season on new turf

By Clay Corbett | Published Wednesday, August 28, 2013

After their first scrimmage against Argyle, the Bridgeport Bulls were left with a lot of questions.

Last Friday in their final tuneup against Celina, they got some answers.

NICE DEFENSE – Bridgeport’s Ryan Dunn breaks up a pass in the scrimmage against Celina. The Bulls will open the season at home Friday against Alvarado. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

“We made some improvements in a lot of different areas,” Bridgeport coach Danny Henson said. “We blocked better, protected the quarterback better and ran better routes.”

The Bulls need all that to continue when they open the season at Bull Memorial Stadium Friday against No. 20 Alvarado.

It’s the first game on the new field turf that was installed over the summer.

“The first game is always an exciting time and we get to break in the new turf,” Henson said.

Another top-20 team, Abilene Wylie, will visit Bridgeport next week.

Bridgeport fell to Alvarado last season, 64-13, as the Indians went on to finish 7-4.

“The are a big, powerful team that controls the line of scrimmage, is patient offensively, and is fundamentally sound,” Henson said. “It’s just a new version of what they always are.”

Alvarado averages about 280 pounds up front.

“We are going to have to play with good pad level,” Henson said. “We have to get good leverage.”

If the Bulls can find a way to get some stops, their more pass-oriented offense needs to take advantage.

“The key for us is execution,” Henson said. “I was encouraged by our offensive line against Celina. Trey Cook needs to be accurate with his throws, and we can’t have any turnovers.”

Chase Collins continues to make strides in his movement to running back. Henson said he saw positive signs Thursday.

“He had a good night,” Henson said.

Look for the Bulls to get Hunter Gantt more involved offensively too this week. Henson wants to get the senior touches in a variety of ways.

On the injury front, the Bulls lost lineman Albert Galvez for the year in the Argyle scrimmage. James Ward and Chad Mogur are week-to-week after injuries suffered against Celina.

ALVARADO (0-0) AT
BRIDGEPORT (0-0)

7:30 p.m.
at Bull Memorial Stadium

Bridgeport: Harris Rating 199

Notable: The Bulls unveil their new synthetic turf for the season opener.

Alvarado: Harris Rating 223

Notable: The Indians won’t be as strong as years past but still bring a top 20 ranking into the season.

Harris line: Alvarado by 25

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