BRIDGEPORT — Facing a nine-point halftime deficit, Sanger running back Tre’von Jackson saw his team’s chance at making the playoffs slipping away.
And it made him angry.
After going for 76 first-half rushing yards, Jackson rumbled for 174 yards in the second half to carry the Indians to a 45-37 victory Friday night at Bulls Memorial Stadium.
“I was mad and just wanted to get to the playoffs,” said Jackson, who finished with 33 carries for 250 yards and two touchdowns. “We worked too hard for [a playoff spot] to just give it up.”
Sanger (6-3, 2-1 District 9-3A) allowed 285 total yards in the first half, but held Bridgeport (0-9, 0-3) to just 107 and one score after the break to help seal the win and a postseason berth.
“We obviously didn’t play our best in the first half, but thank goodness it’s a 48-minute game,” Sanger coach Chuck Galbreath said. “The defense just gave up one score in the second half, and the offense started clicking, and we were able to pull it out in the end.”
Another key to the comeback victory was Sanger quarterback Wyatt Broxson, who is settling in as the replacement for regular starter Brandon Mann (knee). Broxson rushed 16 times for 97 yards and three scores, to go along with 9-of-19 passing for 105 yards and another touchdown. He said his team has grit, but knows it can’t play like it did in the first half against the Bulls going forward.
“We got everybody in the locker room at halftime and we knew we didn’t come prepared,” Broxson said. “We got everybody jacked and came out in the second half with the offense clicking and the defense playing well like we should.”
Bridgeport started the game on a roll, as quarterback Trey Cook had a career night by halftime with 240 passing yards and three TDs to help his team take the early edge. The Bulls scored in the first quarter on a deflected ball that was caught in the end zone by wideout Jaz Hickson, and in the second quarter when wideout Hunter Gantt dove to catch a 17-yard pass from Cook.
Cook continued his career-performance by completing a 43-yard prayer on a fourth-and-25 to Bryan Hutchinson and tacked on a field goal after Broxson’s 10-yard keeper to take a 30-21 lead into the break.
Jackson took control after halftime. He picked up 54 yards in two plays, capped by a 16-yard score on Sanger’s first drive, and led the next scoring drive that Broxson capped with a 14-yard keeper that pulled the Indians within 37-35.
Sanger took its first lead with its first field goal attempt of the season. Dakota Branch drilled a 36-yarder for a 38-37 lead with 10:04 left to play.
Sanger 45, Bridgeport 37
BP — Hunter Gantt 3 run (Chris Hernandez kick)
BP — Jaz Hickson 15 pass from Trey Cook (Chris Hernandez kick)
SN — Wyatt Broxson 10 run (Dakota Branch kick)
SN — Baley Garza 8 pass from Wyatt Broxson (Dakota Branch kick)
BP — Hunter Gantt 17 pass from Trey Cook (kick failed)
BP — Bryan Hutchison 43 pass from Trey Cook (Chris Hernandez kick)
SN — Wyatt Broxson 30 run (Dakota Branch kick)
BP — Chris Hernandez 33 FG
BP — Hunter Gantt 9 run (Chris Hernandez kick)
SN — Tre’von Jackson 16 run (Dakota Branch kick)
SN — Wyatt Broxson 14 run (Dakota Branch kick)
SN — Dakota Branch 36 FG
SN — Tre’von Jackson 40 run (Dakota Branch kick)
Rushing — BP: Bryan Hutchison 1-35, Hunter Gantt 8-11, Brazier Talley 1-2, Trey Cook 10-0, Dillon McAlister 1--2, SN: Tre’von Jackson 33-250, Wyatt Broxson 16-97, Derek Shelby 10-28, Baley Garza 1-9.
Passing — BP: Trey Cook 26-39-0-336, SN: Wyatt Broxson 9-19-1-105.
Receiving — BP: Hunter Gantt 13-141, Bryan Hutchison 4-117, Jaz Hickson 4-40, Jake Simmons 4-38, Dylan Garrison 1-10, SN: Tre’von Jackson 3-28, Kyle Link 1-28, Derek Shelby 1-22, Josh Secrest 1-11, Damien Hallowell 2-8, Baley Garza 1-8.