The Bridgeport Bulls started their 2014 season with a 27-20 overtime loss to the Mineral Wells Rams at Bull Memorial Stadium Friday night.
Penalties, fumbles and interceptions plagued the young Bulls team, which trailed the entire game until a two-point conversion by Raby Hawkins at the beginning of the fourth quarter tied the score.
Mineral Wells scored on their first drive and didn’t let up, led by senior quarterback Caleb Acosta and Max Grider. Its extra-point attempt was no good, however – a theme that would be repeated several times by both teams over the course of the night.
It took the Bulls until the second quarter to put points on the board – a 30-yard pass from Trey Cook to Keenan Holdman. That extra point didn’t go through the goalposts, either.
Bridgeport attempted an onside kick after that, and Mineral wells recovered. A personal foul penalty on Bridgeport later in the Rams’ drive got them to the 3 yard line, where sophomore Johnny Morales ran it in for a quick touchdown. The extra point was good, putting the Rams up 13-6.
An apparent touchdown was called back on the next Bulls drive, after Holdman took a short pass from Cook and scrambled to the end zone – only to have it ruled that he had stepped out of bounds at the 49. Cook threw an interception on the next play, setting up another Mineral Wells drive.
A sack and a forced fumble on two plays by Bridgeport’s Alex Cordova started a Bridgeport drive in the second half, which culminated in a one-yard touchdown on a QB sneak by Trey Cook. The extra-point attempt bounced off the goalpost to keep Mineral Wells up by one, 13-12.
Cook couldn’t capitalize on his next drive, throwing a pick to Rascellis Williams as the half ended.
The next score didn’t come until late in the third quarter, when Acosta threw a 3rd-and-24 lob to Jordan Duckett for a touchdown. Bridgeport went scoreless for the rest of the frame.
Brazier Talley and Raby Hawkins started the fourth with a touchdown run and two-point conversion, respectively, to tie the game at 20-20.
A field goal attempt by Bridgeport later in the fourth was no good, as neither team could punch anything in in regulation.
Mineral Wells started off the overtime play with a drive ending in a touchdown pass from Acosta to Braxton Allen. The game ended when Cook’s fourth-down quarterback sneak came up short.
Bridgeport head coach Danny Henson said the two biggest problems his team had were penalties and special teams.
“Mineral Wells made some clutch plays when they needed to, and we didn’t execute our kicking game that well, and we suffered for it,” he said.
“We both made mistakes with penalties – you could tell both teams had inexperienced players playing their first games tonight. But in spots, a lot of our players had some real good plays.”
MINERAL WELLS 27, BRIDGEPORT 20
Mineral Wells … 6 … 7 … 7 … 0 7 – 27
Bridgeport … 0 … 6 … 6 … 8 – 20
Mineral Wells – Braxton Allen pass from Caleb Acosta, Kick failed
Bridgeport – Keenan Holdman 30 pass from Trey Cook, Kick failed
Mineral Wells – Johnny Morales 3 run, Kick good
Bridgeport – Trey Cook 1 run, Kick failed
Mineral Wells – Jordan Duckett pass from Caleb Acosta, Kick good
Bridgeport – Brazier Talley run, Raby Hawkins run
Mineral Wells – Braxton Allen pass from Caleb Acosta, Kick good