The Boyd Yellowjackets and Bridgeport Bulls both came out up short last week in their season openers.
The Yellowjackets fell 35-21 to one of the top 3A Division II teams in the state, the Gunter Tigers. Bridgeport couldn’t hold off Mineral Wells, falling 27-20 in overtime.
This Friday, the two cross-county rivals will meet at 7:30 p.m. at Boyd’s Yellowjacket Stadium, each looking for their first win of the season.
Going on the road to Gunter, the Yellowjackets outgained the Tigers with 376 yards. But they couldn’t overcome four turnovers that took points off the board. Boyd also gave up a 90-yard kickoff return and had a fumble recovered in the end zone for a touchdown.
“Turnovers and special teams got us,” said Boyd coach Brandon Hopkins. “The kids played hard, and Gunter has a good team. We were down 28-7 at half but could’ve been up. We ran it well, and they are good on defense. For the most part, I was pleased with the effort.”
Defensively, Boyd allowed Gunter’s power offense to run for 301 yards.
This week against Bridgeport, the Yellowjackets are gearing up for a completely different attack.
“We go from a run-the-ball-down-your-throat to looking at someone throwing the ball,” Hopkins said.
The Bulls’ offense piled up 396 yards last week against Mineral Wells. Quarterback Trey Cook threw for 253 yards, completing 25 of his 46 passes with a touchdown and interception.
The Bulls added 142 yards rushing.
Bridgeport coach Danny Henson said there were just a few miscues that really hurt his team in the loss to Mineral Wells.
“In some key situations, we didn’t come up with plays,” Henson said. “We’ve got to be more consistent.
“We had a lot of potential points we didn’t put on the board.”
Raby Hawkins caught nine passes for 79 yards last week. Keenan Holdman added seven catches for 78 yards.
Henson said the Bridgeport receivers will have a tough test against the Boyd defensive backs.
Defensively, the Bulls will need to contain Boyd’s Qualynn Wells, who opened the season with 103 yards on 25 carries.
“Every time he’s back there, there’s a chance to score,” Henson said.
BRIDGEPORT (0-1) AT BOYD (0-1)
7:30 p.m. at Yellowjacket Stadium
Bridgeport: Harris Rating 190
Notable: The Bulls outgained Mineral Wells 396-356 last week.
Boyd: Harris Rating 200
Notable: Boyd’s Xavier Kyle caught seven passes for 118 yards last week against Gunter.
Harris line: Boyd by 3