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Football: Bulls capture first district victory

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, October 21, 2017
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Breaking Free

BREAKING FREE – Bridgeport back Carson Johnson finds the end zone from three yards out during the Bulls’ win over Krum Friday night. Johnson scored twice for Bridgeport. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

Ethan Herschler’s 61-yard pass to Colton Waters with 10:05 left in the fourth quarter lifted the Bridgeport Bulls to 21-14 win over Krum Friday night.

The Bulls put themselves in the driver’s seat to earning a playoff spot out of the five-team District 3-4A Division II with the victory. The Bulls (2-6) moved to 1-1 in the league with two games to go.

Bridgeport built a 14-0 lead in the second quarter after a pair of 3-yard touchdown runs by Carson Johnson.

Krum came back to tie the game with 46-yard run by Larenzo Tystad with 10:45 left in the game. The game stayed tied just 40 seconds.

Bridgeport finished with 298 yards. Herschler, who filled in at quarterback for Jadon Maddux, completed four of his nine passes for 93 yards.

Michael Cole added 88 yards rushing.

CHICO 55, OLNEY 12

Chico’s Dragons took a big step toward securing a playoff spot Friday as they went on the road and handed Olney a 55-12 defeat.

The victory gives the Dragons the inside track at this time for one of the four post-season berths out of the five-team District 5-2A Division I.

Chico (4-4, 1-1) got off to a huge start as they put 34 points on the board in the opening quarter of play. Quarterback Jerod Blanks scored three of his four touchdowns in the first period stampede with a run of 21 yards and two five-yarders. He later scored the final Dragon touchdown with a 10-yard run in the third period.

Nico Starnes added scoring runs of 56 and 22 yards and was the game’s leading rusher with 10 carries for 181 yards. Junior Logan Ellis found the end zone after a 27-yard run.

BOSWELL 70, NORTHWEST 55

The Northwest Texans’ playoff hopes took a huge hit Friday as they came out on the short end of an offensive explosion.

The Boswell Pioneers moved to 7-0 behind 477 yards and seven touchdown passes from quarterback Brayden Thomas in a 70-55 win over the Texans.

Northwest (4-3) dropped to 1-3 in District 6-5A with the loss.

Thomas threw for four straight touchdowns as Boswell took a 38-14 lead.

After Boswell opened up a 53-28 lead, Northwest fought back. A Prince Mavula 2-yard touchdown run followed by his 16-yard scoring connection to Quentin Lee got the Texans within 11. Lee then scored on a 1-yard run to bring the Texans within four early in the fourth quarter.

Lee, who returned the opening kick for a 95-yard touchdown, scored four touchdowns. He caught 10 passes for 109 yards.

Boswell kept Northwest at bay with Thomas connecting with Brandon Chatman for touchdowns of 41 and 31 yards in the fourth quarter.

BROCK 56, PARADISE 0

Brock took control of the game early and never looked back in a 56-0 win over Paradise Friday.

The seventh-ranked Eagles scored two touchdowns in each of the four quarters. Their offense piled up 526 totals yards, with 500 yards coming on the ground.

Tanner Patino led a balanced running attack for Brock with 184 yards on nine carries.

Paradise finished the game with 157 yards of total offense. Quarterback Jace Essig threw for 50 yards. Jacob Robinson had 33 yards rushing for the Panthers.

PONDER 26, BOYD 20

Ponder’s Noah Bean scored from one yard out with just over two minutes to play Friday night to break a 20-20 tie and give the Lions a 26-20 win over Boyd at Ponder Field.

After falling behind by a touchdown early in the fourth quarter, Boyd had tied the game on a 3-yard touchdown run by Logan Jones with 9:16 left in the game.

The Yellowjackets clung to a narrow 13-12 lead at halftime thanks to a 3-yard touchdown run by Boone Eustace in the first quarter and a Kody Risenhoover 17-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

Ponder finished the game with 279 yards on the ground. Its rushing attack was led by Carlos Zepeda, who had 116 yards on 11 carries with a touchdown.

Risenhoover led Boyd’s offense with 90 yards passing, completing seven of his 12 attempts with one interception.

SEYMOUR 40, ALVORD 6

After a battle of defenses in the first quarter of Friday’s game, Seymour exploded for 25 points in the second quarter en route to a 40-6 win over Alvord.

The Panthers’ Garrett Siegert caught three touchdown passes from Cade Holden in that second quarter to break the game open. Siegert caught five passes in the game for 127 yards.

Holden completed eight of 12 passes for 194 yards and four touchdowns on the night.

Alvord’s lone score came on a 33-yard touchdown throw by Karson Parker in the second half to provide the final score of the game.

The loss drops the Bulldogs to 0-1 in District 5-2A Division I play and 0-7 overall.

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