Bulls search for answers

By Clay Corbett | Published Wednesday, September 18, 2013
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Bridgeport had a chance Saturday for its first victory but saw it all come crashing down in the final minute.

The Bulls, who remain winless on the season, couldn’t find that big play they needed to pull away – a persistent problem in the early going.

Gang Tackle

GANG TACKLE – A herd of Bulls’ bring down an Iowa Park runner Saturday. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

Bridgeport (0-3) hosts the winless Burkburnett Bulldogs (0-3) for homecoming at Bull Memorial Stadium Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The Bulldogs are coming off a 41-38 loss to Decatur. They also fell to District 9-3A rival Gainesville, 45-23.

Burkburnett’s triple-option attack has been giving opposing defenses fits. They are averaging nearly 200 rushing yards per game this season.

It’s a much different attack than what the Bulls have seen the past couple of weeks. Bridgeport coach Danny Henson says preparing can be difficult.

“They [Burkburnett] are running their offense really well,” Henson said. “That’s kind of the nature of high school football these days, though. There are a wide variety of offenses you have to prepare for each week.”

If the defense can get the stops, the offense will need to be more consistent. Bridgeport struggled to finish off drives against Iowa Park Saturday.

“We took a few more steps forward,” Henson said about the offense. “We have to find ways to score. We’ll be along going and then have a critical mistake. I’d like to fine tune our execution and have some more explosive plays.”


7:30 p.m.
at Bull Memorial Stadium

Bridgeport: Harris Rating 200

Notable: The Bulls are struggling to score only averaging 17 points per game so far.

Burkburnett: Harris Rating 199

Notable: The Bulldogs lost to Bridgeport 48-31 last year.

Harris line: Bridgeport by 3

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