Bulls seek first win

By Clay Corbett | Published Wednesday, September 25, 2013
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Another victory slipped through the grasp of the Bridgeport Bulls Friday, leaving them still winless on the season with two games left before the start of district play.

After trailing by 20 to the Burkburnett Bulldogs, the Bulls rallied in the second half and only lost by five.

OPEN SPACE – Bridgeport’s Dillon McAlister looks for running lanes during the Bulls’ game with Burkburnett. The Bulls travel to Princeton Friday. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

“Our kids are still focused on playing well,” head coach Danny Henson said. “We’ve just got to get better performances.”

Bridgeport (0-4) travels to Princeton (4-0) Friday. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

The Bulls struggled to slow down the Burkburnett option attack, yielding 382 rushing yards.

They will get the same kind of test against the Panthers this week. Prince-ton is averaging 237 rushing yards per game, led by quarterback Jourdan Blake.

The Panthers torched the Bulls last season 40-21, led by Blake’s 196 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

“They have a lot of speed on both sides of the ball,” Henson said. “We’ll have to try and neutralize their speed.”

If the Bulls’ defense can come up with some stops, the offense seems to be making some headway.

Trey Cook passed for 292 yards last week and rushed for 56 more.

“Offensively we did a lot better job of executing,” Henson said. “We got good play out of our offensive line and Trey did a good job of avoiding sacks.”

With only two games left before district, the Bulls would like put a couple in the win column.

“We think it’s important to win every game,” Henson said. “We haven’t come up with the right combo yet, but we’ve been in position the last two games.”

Slow starts are also plaguing the Bulls and Henson would like to get that corrected.

“We’ve gotten down 7-0 very early and it puts us in a hole,” Henson said. “We need to stop giving up the early big plays and stop some of our mistakes.

“Offensively we need to execute better on the first series.”

TOUGH GRAB – Bridgeport’s Jaz Hickson attempts to bring in a pass against the Burkburnett defense. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt


7:30 p.m.
at Jackie Hendrix Stadium

Bridgeport: Harris Rating 196

Notable: Bridgeport has allowed 141 points in four games this season.

Princeton: Harris Rating 215

Notable: Princeton quarterback Jourdan Blake is the son of former Oklahoma head coach John Blake.

Harris line: Princeton by 17

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