Throughout preseason workouts, the Bridgeport Bulls have not broached the subject of 2013’s winless campaign. But as the Bulls take the field Friday for this year’s season opener, there’s no doubt they are looking to officially put last season behind them.
“We don’t talk about 2013 but it still looks over our heads,” said coach Danny Henson. “We can’t wait to get back out on the field and get a chance to get a win.”
Bridgeport opens the season at Bull Memorial Stadium at 7:30 p.m. against the Mineral Wells Rams, who are coming off a 1-9 year.
Henson said there are a lot of unknowns about both teams as they try to rebound this year.
“I think the two teams are evenly matched,” Henson said. “We don’t know a lot about Mineral Wells or the two teams they scrimmaged. They also have a new coach.”
The Rams worked three quarterbacks last week during a scrimmage against Castleberry, including senior Caleb Acosta, who threw for 1,100 yards and six touchdowns last year.
After an up-and-down scrimmage against Bowie, Henson felt his team made strides against Springtown in the final tuneup.
“We improved from the first and second scrimmage. And unlike last year, we’re healthy and are not having to make roster moves,” Henson said. “We have a chance for some consistency, and each week we’ve shown improvement.”
Second-year starting quarterback Trey Cook and the Bulls offense moved the ball against Springtown.
“He missed on some deep balls but made good decisions,” Henson said of Cook. “Our offensive line played well.”
The main thing Henson wants to see on both sides of the ball Friday is more consistent execution.
“Offensively, we’ve shown flashes of looking good. We need to be more consistent,” the Bridgeport coach said. “Defensively, we’ve made improvements but we need to be better tackling.”
With his team hungry for a win, Henson doesn’t downplay the significance of the opener.
“You are only guaranteed 10 games,” Henson said. “In football, every game is important. You work hard a long time to get ready for the season. It’s important to try to win every game.”
MINERAL WELLS (0-0) AT BRIDGEPORT (0-0)
7:30 p.m. at Bull Memorial Stadium
Mineral Wells: Harris Rating 188
Notable: The Rams finished 1-9 in 2013.
Bridgeport: Harris Rating 192
Notable: The Bulls are coming off a winless 2013.
Harris line: Bridgeport by 4