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Football: Bulls try to correct miscues against Leopards

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, September 13, 2017
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Trying to Get Away

TRYING TO GET AWAY – Bridgeport quarterback Jadon Maddux runs from Burkburnett defenders last Friday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

The Bridgeport Bulls couldn’t overcome a series of miscues in the second half last week in falling to Burkburnett by a point at home.

A turnover on special teams and penalties that took away an apparent safety and gave Burkburnett a second chance on an extra-point try led to the 21-20 loss.

“If anything goes the opposite way, we win,” said Bridgeport coach Shannon Wilson. “That’s what makes it such a great team sport. So many things have to be clicking to win. We have a lot of guys in spots they’ve never been. We’re having to learn on the run.”

From the first week against Mineral Wells, the Bulls showed improvement in several areas, specifically with their run defense. Bridgeport limited Burkburnett to 132 yards on 33 carries.

“We made some moves [defensively], and it helped a lot,” Wilson said.

The Bulls will have a big test defensively against Gainesville at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Leopard Stadium.

Gainesville is coming off a 45-41 win over Iowa Park. Gainesville running back Calion Baker ran for 302 yards and four touchdowns. Baker has 361 yards for the season.

Draylon Franklin threw for 141 yards and two scores against Iowa Park, following up his 453-yard and five-touchdown performance against Pottsboro. He’s 26-for-38 for 594 yards this year.

“They are coming off a big win. They have some good team speed,” Wilson said.

BURKBURNETT 21, BRIDGEPORT 20

Burkburnett … 0 … 7 … 6 … 8 … – … 21
Bridgeport … 6 … 6 … 0 … 7 … – … 20

FIRST QUARTER

Bridgeport – 10:33, Jadon Maddux 2 run, kick blocked

SECOND QUARTER

Burkburnett – 1:26, Westin Priddy 4 run, Anthony Gauthier kick
Bridgeport – 0:57, Colton Waters 34 pass from Jadon Maddux, pass failed

THIRD QUARTER

Burkburnett – 6:06, Marcus Jackson 3 run, kick failed

FOURTH QUARTER

Bridgeport – 9:01, Jadon Maddux 5 run, Colton Waters pass from Maddux
Burkburnett – 3:49, Robert Knight 1 run, Westin Priddy run

BURKBURNETT … BRIDGEPORT

First Downs … 16 … 16
Rushes-Yards … 30-128 … 33-184
Passing Yards … 153 … 92
Total Yards … 281 … 276
Comp-Att-Int … 13-21-0 … 9-22-0
Punts-Average … 5-39 … 5-29.2
Fumbles-Lost … 1-1 … 1-1
Penalties-Yards … 5-41 … 5-30

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING – Burkburnett, Westin Priddy 7-57, Marcus Jackson 13-46. Bridgeport, Christian Hand 16-63, Jadon Maddux 14-112.

PASSING – Burkburnett, Priddy 13-14-0-146; Jackson 1-7-0-7. Bridgeport, Maddux 9-22-0-92.

RECEIVING – Burkburnett, Jackson 5-46, Jacob Acheson 4-35. Bridgeport, Michael Cole 3-25, Colton Waters 2-37.

BRIDGEPORT (0-2) AT GAINESVILLE (1-1)

7:30 p.m., Friday
at Leopard Stadium

BRIDGEPORT HARRIS RATING: 201

BRIDGEPORT NOTABLE: Quarterback Jadon Maddux has rushed for 303 yards in two games.

GAINESVILLE HARRIS RATING: 218

GAINESVILLE NOTABLE: The Leopards are averaging 297 yards per game rushing.

HARRIS LINE: Gainesville by 15

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