KRUM — Krum head coach Gary Robinson told his team at halftime that they had nothing left to prove. Knotted up at 14, Krum had already showed it could play Class 3A football, now it just had to do what it had been doing all year — close the deal.
The Bobcats did that and more.
Buoyed by a second consecutive 200-yard rushing effort from running back Reed Flores and a dominant defense, Krum crushed Bridgeport in the second half of its District 9-3A opener for a monumental 34-14 victory at Bobcat Stadium.
“This was the first district game to ever be played in Krum, so yeah, we we’re a little nervous,” Robinson said. “But we came to play in the second half, played like we had something to prove and it showed.”
Krum (7-0) maintained its perfect record thanks to a suffocating defense that held Bridgeport (2-5) to only 66 yards in the second half. After seemingly picking up every first down they needed in the first half, the Bulls found little running room on the ground and almost no space in the air.
Bridgeport picked up only one first down in the fourth quarter and failed to mount any sort of a comeback with their last two possessions, ending with back-to-back interceptions.
Krum’s defense finished the game by holding Bridgeport to 214 yards of total offense and forcing four turnovers.
Flores made sure the defense’s effort wasn’t wasted, breaking open the 14-14 game with a 4-yard run midway through the fourth quarter. The run capped an 11-play, 54-yard drive that ate up almost seven minutes and left the Bulls’ defense gassed.
A Bridgeport turnover on the ensuing possession gave the Bobcats all they would need to pull away for good. Quarterback Caz Wojciak turned a fourth-and-10 into a game-changing touchdown, finding Brennan Ellis with a perfectly thrown 16-yard seam pass in the end zone.
The score gave Krum a 27-14 lead that Flores would ice away less than three minutes later with a 38-yard touchdown run.
Flores finished with 27 carries for 207 yards — 148 in the second half — and three touchdowns, but he took no credit for his huge offensive performance.
“I wouldn’t be able to run if my offensive line didn’t open up such big holes,” Flores said. “This is a huge game, not just for me, but for the team. We knew we had to get the first [district] win under our belts. Now, we just need to keep going.”
Krum 34, Bridgeport 14
B — Blake Arrington 37-yard pass from Hunter Gantt (Michael Rivera kick) 8:47
K — Reed Flores 22-yard run (Morgan Sprayberry kick) 1:51
B — Arrington 20-yard pass from Gantt (Rivera kick) 5:52
K — Romario Hernandez 5-yard pass from Caz Wojciak (Sprayberry kick) 0:01
K — Flores 4-yard run (Sprayberry kick) 7:25
K — Brennan Ellis 16-yard pass from Wojciak (kick failed) 4:28
K — Flores 38-yard run (Sprayberry kick) 1:33
Rushing — K: Caz Wojciak 12-100, Reed Flores 7-59, Brennan Ellis 3-4, Dane White 3-9; B: Hunter Gantt 19-48, Gabe Huerta 18-70.
Passing — K: Caz Wojciak 4-9-0 43; B: Hunter Gantt: 4-9-0 66, Trey Cook 4-11-2 30.
Receiving — K: Romario Hernandez 1-5, Brennan Ellis 1-21; Tanner Rankin 1-17;B: Blake Arrington 3-70, Jacob Kerr 3-16, Gabe Huerta 1-3, Alex Kline 1-5.