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Steers too much for Bulls

By Travis Lisle | Published Saturday, October 5, 2013

It was a tough night for the Bridgeport Bulls who fell to the No. 6 ranked Graham Steers 55-0 on Graham’s homecoming night.

The Bulls only managed 102 yards of offense for the game, while the Steers put up 516.

Looking for Room

LOOKING FOR ROOM – Bridgeport’s Hunter Gantt hunts for an open spot during the Bulls’ Friday night loss to Graham. Photo courtesy of Bryan Ray

Senior Hunter Gantt had a gutty performance, accounting for over half of the Bulls’ offensive yardage.

Quarterback Trey Cook only completed five of his 15 pass attempts against the stingy Steer defense that reeled in two interceptions.

Graham opened the game with the ball and put together a quick 65-yard drive that ended in a five-yard Ben Davis touchdown to give the Steers a 7-0 lead after a successful extra point.

The Bulls would end up punting on their first possession, but a long towering punt by Cook landed on the Steer one-yard line like a pitching wedge and stuck Graham back 99 yards from their own endzone.

But the Bulls were unable to stop Graham’s elusive running back Dillon Gonzales who led the Steers out of their own territory, and eventually broke out on a 20-yard touchdown run to give the Steers a 14-0 lead.

The high-powered Steer offense scored two more touchdowns before the opening quarter ended, and on the first play from scrimmage in the second quarter, Davis found Hunter Baca in the endzone to increase the lead to 34-0.

Graham’s Gonzales scored one of his three rushing touchdowns with only 35 seconds left on the clock and the Bulls went into the half looking at a 41-0 deficit.

In the second half, the Bulls changed their strategy and began running the ball exclusively.

The switch to a “wildcat” type offense with Gantt at the helm proved to be a more effective way of moving the ball against the Steers, and the Bulls reached Graham territory for the first time with four minutes remaining in the third quarter.

Bridgeport’s best opportunity to score fell apart on a fourth down with 14 yards to the first down marker, when a poorly handled snap forced the Bulls to take a sack and end their progress.

Bulls defensive lineman Chance Pierce did recover a Graham fumble on the Steers 30 yard line to give the Bulls another chance close to the Steers end zone, but on the very next play Cook took a deep shot down the field that would be picked off by cornerback Landon Gonzales.

Tyler Raby ran the ball eight times for the Bulls gaining 27 yards, Jordan Polk finished the game with nine rushing attempts for 14 yards and Juan Alanis caught two passes for 22 of the Bulls 35 yards.

The Bull’s record moves to 0-6 after the loss, but they will try to improve on that next Friday when they return home for their district opener against Krum.

GRAHAM 55, BRIDGEPORT 0

Bridgeport … 0 … 0 … 0 … 0 … – … 0
Graham … 27 … 14 … 14 … 0 … – … 55

FIRST QUARTER

G – 10:00 Ben Davis 9 run; Fidel Herrera kick
G – 7:29 Dillon Gonzales 13 run; Herrera kick
G – 4:21 Derek Sides 24 pass from Davis; Herrera kick
G – 3:21 Gonzales 32 run; PAT missed

SECOND QUARTER

G – 11:53 Hunter Baca 11 pass from Davis; Herrera kick
G – 0:35 Gonzales 23 run; Herrera kick

THIRD QUARTER

G – 10:05 Bryce Reeves 45 pass from Davis; Herrera kick
G – 0:23 Nick Martin 32 pass from Sides; Herrera kick

BRIDGEPORT … GRAHAM

First Downs … 8 … 24
Rushes-Yards … 39-68 … 29-217
Passing Yards … 35 … 299
Total Yards … 103 … 516
Comp-Att-Int … 5-15-2 … 20-30-0
Punts-Avg. … 8-40 … 3-45
Fumbles lost … 0-0 … 1-1
Penalties … 3-25 … 5-50

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing – Bridgeport, Hunter Gantt 19-43; Graham, Dillon Gonzales, 13-155
Receiving – Bridgeport, Juan Alanis, 2-22; Graham, Bryce Reeves, 7-117
Passing – Bridgeport, Trey Cook 5-15-35; Graham, Ben Davis 19-29-267

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