Bridgeport stumbles in season opener

By Austin Jackson | Published Friday, August 31, 2018.
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Bridgeport quarterback Jadon Maddux watched from the sidelines with his pads on the bench as the Bulls looked to mount their comeback against Pilot Point.

The Bulls were down 28-0, but after seeing their starting quarterback sidelined with a wrist injury on a crushing blow in the second quarter, backup Bryant Reynolds finally got the offense into a rhythm, connecting with receiver Isaiah Smith on consecutive plays.

Smith streaked down the sideline for 25 yards, and on the next play, Bryant connected with the receiver for another 21 yards.

After finally breaching Pilot Point territory, Bryant dropped back and was mauled by a host of Bearcat tacklers, fumbling the ball away.
Five plays later, Pilot Point quarterback Jacob Pitts threw his fourth touchdown pass of the game, connecting with Roy Brown on a 47-yard touchdown bomb to extend their lead to 35-0.

It was that type of game for Bridgeport, falling 35-7 in their season opener at Bull Memorial Stadium Friday.Bridgeport coach Shannon Wilson said it was a tough, but valuable lesson for his young team to learn

“We got a bunch of guys that have never played in a varsity game,” Wilson said. “I think we played hard, but we just made a lot of mental mistakes. Mistakes we can overcome. Everyone out here made a mistake. I made a mistake. But we all have a chance to improve.”

Maddux took a big hit as he scrambled outside the pocket at the end of the second quarter. The all-district quarterback’s arm was caught in the throwing motion as three Bearcat defenders swarmed him, bringing him to the turf as the ball squirted loose for an incomplete pass. 

Wilson said he didn’t know the status of Maddux going forward, just that he had sustained a wrist injury.

While Maddux’ injury is certainly something to watch going forward with the Bulls ‘offense being built around the quarterback, Pilot Point was in control of the game with the speedy junior on the field.

Pilot Point limited the Bulls to 57 rushing yards and 16 passing yards, swarming the Bridgeport offense with its 10-1 defensive front.

The Bearcats stacked the line and Maddux never had time to throw or space to run in the first two quarters. The Bulls were limited to 73 yards in the first half. Maddux completed two of eight passes for 16 yards with an interception. He rushed for 39 yards on nine carries before being sidelined.

Christian Hand made his first start after a season-ending leg injury last year. Hand finished with 17 yards on seven carries.

Pitts and the Pilot Point offense kept the Bridgeport offense off the field for the majority of the game. Pitts completed 18 of 24  passes, racking up 238 yards and four touchdowns. He also scored a rushing touchdown in the first half.

Bridgeport finished with 159 yards offensively and surrendered 413 yards.

A bright spot for Bridgeport was the play of receiver Isaiah White.

Bryant connected with Smith in the fourth quarter for a 46-yard touchdown to bring the game to its final score. He finished with four receptions, 88 yards and a touchdown. Reynolds completed six of 15 passes for 104 yards, finishing with a touchdown and an interception.

Wilson said he was proud of how Smith and Bryant stepped up despite being down 35 points.

“They came in and made some plays,” Wilson said. “That’s what we’re looking for. Anybody can be rolling when things are good. The true competitors get after it no matter the score.”
Bridgeport (0-1) will be at home next week to face Bowie.

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