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Pass-happy Bulls can’t derail Gainesville

By Clay Corbett | Published Saturday, November 9, 2013

Any hopes of the Bridgeport Bulls coming away from the 2013 season with at least one victory faded quickly Friday night.

In their final game of the season, the Bulls fell behind early and never recovered against an undefeated Gainesville squad.

Stacked Like Cordwood

STACKED LIKE CORDWOOD – Bridgport’s Tyler Jennings, 61, moves in as Bryan Hutchison is beset by a host of Gainesville defenders. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Gainesville (9-0, 4-0) pulled away for a 49-10 win over Bridgeport (0-10, 0-4) at Leopard Stadium.

The win seals the District 9-3A championship for Gainesville and they will be the first seed Division II representative.

The win, combined with Aubrey’s loss to Carrollton Ranchview, means the Leopards will face Celina in the first round of the playoffs beginning next week.

One thing was certain from the start – the Bulls were going to stick with the passing game no matter what. By the time the night was, Trey Cook and Corbin Coleman had combined for 68 passes, compared to only 13 rushing attempts.

The Bulls threw the ball 12 times before attempting their first run Friday.

Cook’s second pass of the game was intercepted and returned for a touchdown by Gainesville’s Zukari Long – 55 seconds into the contest.

Things kept going downhill from there for the Bulls. After getting a stop, the Leopards put together another drive capped off with a 3-yard touchdown run by Adam Berryman to take a 14-0 lead.

Two plays into the second quarter Gainesville struck again when Demarius Farr scored the first of his three touchdowns on a 43-yard scamper.

The Bulls finally got on the board with their next possession.

A 46-yard strike from Cook to Bryan Hutchison set Bridgeport up at the Gainesville six, but they were unable to punch it in. Chris Hernandez salvaged the opportunity with a 25-yard field goal to cut the score to 21-3.

Gainesville’s strong running game came right back. Berryman reversed field on a 60-yard run to extend the Gainesville lead to 28-3.

After another Bridgeport drive stalled, the Leopards punched it in again right before the half as quarterback Mason Copeland found Farr for a 16-yard touchdown strike to give the Leopards a 35-3 advantage.

With under a minute on the clock, Bridgeport had just enough time to get their lone touchdown of the night.

Cook piloted the Bulls to the Gainesville 16 with one second left before intermission, then found a wide-open Hunter Gantt in the corner of the end zone.

The Bulls were down 35-10 at the half and still had no answer for the Gainesville rushing attack.

Bridgeport kept passing and the Leopards kept running it in the second half.

Gainesville scored two more touchdowns in the third quarter for the final margin of victory.

GAINESVILLE 49, BRIDGEPORT 10

Bridgeport … 0 … 10 … 0 … … 0 … – … 10
Gainesville … 14 … 21 … 14 … … 0 … – … 49

FIRST QUARTER

Gainesville – Zukari Long 33 interception return; Hector Sagrero kick
Gainesville – Adam Berryman 3 run: Sagrero kick

SECOND QUARTER

Gainesville – Demarius Farr 43 run; Sagrero kick
Bridgeport – Chris Hernandez 25 field goal
Gainesville – Adam Berryman 60 run; Sagrero kick
Gainesville – Mason Copeland 16 pass to Farr; Sagrero kick
Bridgeport – Trey Cook 16 pass to Hunter Gantt; Hernandez kick

THIRD QUARTER

Gainesville – Copeland 6 pass to Lilton Moore; Sagrero kick
Gainesville – Farr 89 run; Sagrero kick

BRIDGEPORT … GAINESVILLE

First Downs … 14 … 13
Rushes-yards … 13- -3 … 33-379
Passing yards … 294 … 51
Total yards … 291 … 430
Comp-Att-Int … 25-64-3 … 5-7-0
Fumbles lost … 1-0 … 2-2
Penalties … 5-45 … 7-38

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

Rushing – Bridgeport, Corbin Coleman 5-15; Gainesville, Adam Berryman, 16-190
Receiving – Bridgeport, Bryan Hutchison, 4-91; Gainesville, Demarius Farr, 3-31
Passing – Bridgeport, Trey Cook 19-51-249; Gainesville, Mason Copeland, 5-6-51

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