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Bridgeport blasts Krum, wins fifth straight

By Austin Jackson | Published Friday, October 12, 2018.
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Yellow flags flew and the Bridgeport offense was backing up, facing third and forever early in the first quarter against Krum.


More than 30 yards stood between the Bulls and a first down. It wouldn’t matter

Bridgeport quarterback Jadon Maddux rolled out and found another gear, slicing down the sideline for 32 yards, diving just short of the first down. The play set up backfield mate Christian Hand for an easy fourth-down conversion before Hand went 37 yards for a touchdown.

Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

“You don’t really have a play for that situation,” Maddux said. “But we never get down. You can never count us out. It could be third and 100, and were still going to try and get it.”

No matter the down and distance, the Bulls had their way against Krum, overcoming a night of frustrating penalties to blast the Bobcats 34-9. The Bulls moved to 5-1 on the season and 1-0 in 3-4A II.

Bridgeport was penalized 14 times for 72 yards, not including several offsetting unsportsmanlike conduct calls. Up 27-9 in the second half, Bridgeport coach Shannon Wilson brought his team to the sidelines and urged them to let their play do the talking.

They did.

Jadon Maddux iced the game in the third quarter with a 82-yard touchdown rush, and the Bulls defense shut out Krum down the stretch.

“We can’t control all that stuff,” said Bridgeport coach Shannon Wilson. “I thought our kids did a good job just focusing on finishing the game and taking control. I’m proud of the team and I’m proud of their effort.”

Bridgeport had several defensive stands deep in their own territory to protect the second-half shutout. The last of which ended with a circus catch in the end zone that give Hand his second interception of the game.

Bridgeport held Krum to 277 yards of offense. The Bulls finished 465 yards — 379 on the ground.

Maddux, after watching Hand rack up nine touchdowns in the last two games, got his share of the pie against Krum, finishing with four touchdowns and 233 yards on 19 carries.

“We’re always joking around and I told him I’m always getting the long ones and you’re scoring on the one yarders.” Maddux said. “It finally switched.

“Whoever scores, I’m fine with it. As long as we get points on the board and get a win.”

Hand finished with 141 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries.

“Every game, we’ve gotten better,” Wilson said. “We’re going to have to keep getting better.”

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