2014 Bridgeport Bulls

TREY COOK

By Richard Greene

BRIDGEPORT'S TREY COOK. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

BRIDGEPORT’S TREY COOK. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

The Bridgeport Bulls took their lumps during an 0-10 season in 2013.

Trey Cook suffered more than his share as the team’s starting quarterback. But as he prepares for his senior year, he’s optimistic.

“We can only go up,” he said.

After rotating in at quarterback as a sophomore, Cook took over the job full time last season. He completed 171 of his 347 attempts for 1,653 yards and 12 touchdowns along with 14 interceptions.

Cook said it’s been a huge learning curve for him since taking over the starting role. But he expects the experience of last year to help him and the rest of the offense, which returns a pair of receivers and two linemen.

“We have a lot of experience on the offensive side of the ball,” Cook said.

He also feels good about the extra work he got in with his receivers in the offseason.

“It was one of the best 7-on-7 seasons,” Cook said. “I feel so much better after the offseason.”

After being part of a playoff team in 2012 then suffering a winless year, he knows which he prefers.

“I’ve seen both sides of winning and losing,” Cook said. “I’m very determined to get back to winning. I have a lot of confidence. The whole team has a lot of confidence.”

Along with playing quarterback for the Bulls last year, Cook was also their punter. He averaged 35 yards per boot, downing six inside the 20-yard line. His long for the year was 65 yards.

Cook earned first-team 9-3A punter and a special teams spot on the All-Wise County team.

But when the season gets underway Aug. 29 against Mineral Wells, Cook is looking forward to lining up deep to punt. The signal caller is hoping to lead the Bulls charging down field to put 2013 behind them.

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Last year was the first time since 2006 that the Bridgeport Bulls missed the playoffs. It was just the fifth time in Danny Henson’s 21-year tenure at the school to miss the postseason. His Bulls have only missed the playoffs in back-to-back years once.

OFFENSE

By Jake Harris

The Bridgeport Bulls went 0-10 last season, a record that’s clearly on the minds of every coach and player this fall. However, that isn’t stopping them from being optimistic.

“We’re looking forward to a good season, especially after last year. We’re just excited to get going,” said senior offensive lineman Kea-ton Vawter.

Vawter joins Bronson Burks as the only two returning members on the offensive line. Vawter said that he has been enjoying the team’s switch to a 3-4 defensive formation.

“I like the fast pace,” Vawter said,

This team is young and hungry, with only five returning starters on their spread offense and four returning starters on defense. Key losses include all-district defensive back Jordan Polk, all-district receivers Hunter Gantt and Jaz Hickson and second team all-district defensive back and receiver Bryan Hutchison. Vawter, Burks, quarterback Trey Cook and receivers Raby Hawkins and Jake Simmons are the only returning starters on offense, and outside linebacker Tyler Raby, defensive lineman Chance Pierce, linebacker Jacob Mogus and defensive back Dillon McAlister are the only returning starters on defense.

The Bulls were sidelined by injuries last season, mostly from seniors who played starting positions. This team will look to this year’s seniors who had to step up last season to mentor and train the younger players. Senior quarterback Trey Cook said that shouldn’t be a problem.

“All the seniors have really taken on a huge leadership role for the younger guys, and I think the younger guys will be athletic enough to handle it,” Cook said.

The Bulls start this season with 16 returning lettermen after losing 25, and with only one all-district player – Cook in his role as first-team punter. He punted for a total of 2,165 yards last season, with the longest being 65 yards. He also threw for 1,653 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Bridgeport also sees the return of last year’s top rusher, junior Dillon McAlister, who rushed for 216 yards on 50 touches last season. Senior receiver Raby Hawkins is also back for his final season, after racking up 264 yards before he was injured last year.

Danny Henson, who is in his 21st year leading the Bridgeport squad, enters this season with a 135-105-1 coaching record, all at Bridgeport. The last time Bridgeport made it to the playoffs was in 2012.

This team can’t look back – it can only look forward.

“We’re just excited to get back out there,” Cook said.

FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Aug. 29 … Mineral Wells … Home … 7:30
Sept. 5 … Boyd … Away … 7:30
Sept. 12 … Godley (HC) … Home … 7:30
Sept. 19 … Burkburnett … Away … 7:30
Sept. 26 … Decatur … Away … 7:30
Oct. 3 … Open
Oct. 10 … *Krum … Home … 7:30
Oct. 17 … *Celina … Home … 7:30
Oct. 24 … *Aubrey … Away … 7:30
Oct. 31 … *Anna … Home … 7:30
Nov. 7 … *Bonham … Away … 7:30

* Denotes District 3-4A Div. II game
HC Homecoming

2013 RESULTS

Alvarado 42, Bridgeport 30
Abilene Wylie 38, Bridgeport 6
Iowa Park 21, Bridgeport 14
Burkburnett 40, Bridgeport 35
Princeton 68, Bridgeport 0
Graham 55, Bridgeport 0
Krum 21, Bridgeport 10
Decatur 52, Bridgeport 7
Sanger 45, Bridgeport 37
Gainesville 49, Bridgeport 10

Final record – 0-10

BRIDGEPORT BULLS. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

BRIDGEPORT BULLS. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

BRIDGEPORT BULLS

2 … Abe Huerta … 10 … DB
3 … Brazier Talley … 11 … RB
4 … Jacob Roberts … 11 … DB
5 … Seth Keener … 12 … DB
7 … Keenan Holdman … 11 … WR
8 … Rosendo Cardenas … 12 … WR
9 … Dylan Garrison … 12 … WR
10 … Raby Hawkins … 12 … WR
11 … Corbin Coleman … 11 … QB
12 … Efrain DeLuna … 10 … DB/K
14 … Tyler Raby … 12 … LB
15 … Trey Cook … 12 … QB
16 … Lane Morrow … 11 … LB
18 … Dillon McAlister … 11 … LB
20 … Jake Simmons … 12 … WR
21 … Chayton Stotts … 11 … WR
22 … Roger Mastin … 11 … LB
25 … Jacob Mogus … 12 … LB
26 … Grayson Mathes … 10 … RB
30 … Bryan Munn … 10 … DB
33 … Alex Cordova … 12 … LB
48 … Regi Lane … 10 … LB
52 … Alex Winter … 11 … OL
53 … Brauch Walker … 12 … DL
54 … Blake Boyd … 11 … OL
55 … Demetri Hendrick … 10 … DL
56 … Bry Warren … 12 … OL
61 … Tyler Jennings … 12 … OL
62 … Tyler Banner … 10 … OL
63 … Chance Pierce … 11 … DL
65 … Jacobe Martinez … 10 … DL
66 … Nate Ramirez … 10 … OL
70 … Keaton Vawter … 12 … OL
74 … Wesley Fitzgerald … 11 … OL
78 … Anthony Ortiz … 11 … DL
79 … Bronson Burks … 12 … OL

DEFENSE

By Jake Harris

The Bulls’ defense allowed a whopping 431 points last season, so a switch in formation might not be a bad thing.

The team will start this season in a 3-4 instead of the a 4-3 it ran last year, and with only four returning starters on defense. But those four are expected to lead the younger members of the team this season.

Those four are outside linebacker Tyler Raby, defensive lineman Chance Pierce, linebacker Jacob Mogus and defensive back Dillon McAlister.

Raby, a senior, started all 10 games at outside linebacker and had 48 tackles last year.

Junior Chance Pierce had 19 tackles and two fumble recoveries in seven games played last season. Leading tackler Jacob Mogus is back at linebacker after racking up 54 tackles last season, 28 of which were sacks.

McAlister started in the secondary a few times last seasons and ended up with 40 tackles. He hopes to repeat that success this year. As the team’s current leading rusher, he could also be a threat on the offensive side of the ball – last season, he ran for 216 yards on 50 touches.

Other defensive layers to watch out for are Jacob Roberts in the secondary and Roger Mastin at outside linebacker. Roberts had one interception for 16 yards last season and currently holds the most interceptions of anyone on the team.

The Bridgeport defense can only improve this season.

3-4A DIVISION II

1. Celina – The tradition-rich Bobcats are loaded once again. North Carolina commitment Nathan Elliott returns after throwing for 2,496 yards and 29 touchdowns last year along with eight other offensive starters.

2. Bonham – The Warriors lost a dynamic player in quarterback Dra Smith. Coach Cody Bounds’ squad made the second round of the playoffs last year and bring back a pair of solid linemen.

3. Krum – It was rough second varsity season for the Bobcats last year but they did manage to reach the postseason with three wins. Krum will have the most returning experience of the teams battling for the final playoff berths.

4. Anna – The Coyotes have weapons on offense with Isaac Armijo who rushed for 1,500 yards last year and quarterback Barry Sims. Anna will need to be more consistent.

5. Aubrey – The Chaparrals changed coaches with former Seymour coach Keith Ivy taking over and bringing back former offensive coordinator Toby Perkins. The small but quick Cole Cannon gives Aubrey an athletic and versatile playmaker at quarterback or running back.

6. Bridgeport – The Bulls can only improve after an 0-10 campaign in 2013. Bridgeport bring back Trey Cook at quarterback and a good cast of receivers. The Bulls must improve on defense to contend for a postseason spot.