Valley Comeback Fails
The Bridgeport Bulldogs accumulated 281 yards of offense in the first half Sept. 25 at Tom West Field. Six different Bridgeport players scored 44 points in three different fashions, as the ‘Dogs rode the first half lead and held on for a 44-28 victory over the Valley Lumberjacks.
Bridgeport controlled the ball for seven minutes of the first half, en route to six touchdowns, including one on defense and one on special teams play. The game began with a long kick return and scored a three-yard TD with less than two minutes into the game.
During their second possession, the ‘Dogs ran 73 yards to pay dirt and added the two point conversion to go on top 16-0 after one period of play. They added another TD early in the second period and a two-point conversion to push their advantage to 24-0 and the rout was on.
After holding the ‘Jacks, the Bulldog offense went to work and took the punt 63 yards to the house for a 30-0 lead. The floodgates opened wider when the ‘Dogs returned a Garrett Ueltschy pass 46 yards to the ‘Dog House and capped the scoring with a one-yard run right before the half for a 44-0 advantage.
The Bulldogs held their starters back in the second half and Valley took advantage, scoring a pair of touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters to make it a game.
Cody Scott scored the ‘Jacks’ first third-period touchdown on a 46-yard run. Matthew Poling answered with a nine-yard touchdown and a two-point conversion pass. In the fourth period, Valley’s Cody Bates ran it in from five yards out and Scott caught the two-point conversion pass. The final Valley tally came on a nice 76-yard Ronald Morris scamper.
The Bridgeport offense accumulated only 36 yards in the second half, while the ‘Jacks totaled most of their 290 yards and four touchdowns in the second half. Bridgeport had 27 yards through the air on three completions, while Valley didn’t gain any yardage and was picked off once.
Morris led the Lumberjack offense with 129 yards and a TD, while Scott accounted for 73 yards and a touchdown. Bates rambled 14 yards and a TD for Valley, while Poling tacked on 26 yards and a touchdown. Ueltschy and Casey Pingley combined for 50 yards.
Bridgeport moved the chains 15 times, while Valley moved them 13 times. The ‘Dogs were flagged six times for 50 yards of lost real estate, while Valley had the yellow flags thrown their way four times for 20 yards lost.
Defensively, Morris had a dozen tackles, while Dave Sivert totaled 10 stops and pillaged one quarterback.
Scott chipped in with nine tackles and Pingley dropped six ‘Dogs. Dustin Bickerstaff added a fumble recovery.
Valley will host Bellaire St. John Friday night at 7:30 p.m. on the Lumberjack Homecoming night.