Bulldogs’ offensive woes continue

Football is still about blocking and tackling.

Caldwell dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball en route to a 27-7 victory over Bridgeport Friday night at Perkins Field.

“They owned the line of scrimmage,” Bridgeport head coach Rudy Vavrock lamented. “They controlled the line on both sides of the ball and the result showed. We just didn’t play well.”

After opening with a victory, Vavrock’s Bulldogs have dropped two straight. Bridgeport will seek to get back into the win column next week as they trek to New Matamoras to battle Frontier Friday night.

“We have a lot to work on,” Vavrock added. “We have to play smarter football.”

Caldwell, meanwhile, improved to 2-1 on the young season. The Redskins return home Friday night for a date with PVC rival Monroe Central.

“We’ve been so close the last two seasons,” Caldwell head coach Josh Perkins explained. “We have to be able to play four quarters of football and tonight we did that.

“The kids are getting better each and every day,” he added. “If they do what they are taught, good things will happen.”

Caldwell opened the scoring at the 3:00 mark of the first quarter as John Carpenter took a little swing pass from Tanner Clark and rumbled 20 yards to paydirt. Freshman Jason Allen was true on the PAT and the Redskins held a 7-0 edge.

Caldwell put together an eight-play drive midway through the second quarter with Clark covering the final yard on a QB keeper. Allen’s point after extended the lead to 14-0 with 5:31 left in the second period.

The Redskins received the second half kickoff but faced third-and-12 from their 38-yard line. Clark rolled out and found an open Tanner Baker down the left sideline en route to a 62-yard TD. Caldwell attempted a two-point run but it failed.

Bridgeport’s next possession ended in disaster.

The Bulldogs attempted an option, but the pitch was deflected and covered by a Caldwell defender at the Bridgeport 10-yard line.

One play later, sophomore Bricker Lori covered the necessary distance to give Caldwell total control. Allen’s PAT made it 27-0.

Bridgeport got on the board as junior signal caller Bailey McGrath broke free for an 18-yard run but fumbled, but junior Jacob Ray hustled for the loose ball and covered the final 46 yards. Benjamin Behnke booted the PAT to make it 27-7.

Clark finished with 149 yards on 18 carries, while Lori added 90 stripes on 15 carries. Clark completed 4-of-10 passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns.

Bridgeport struggled on offense mounting just four first downs. McGrath threw for 75 yards with Colt Charlton catching two passes for 51 yards.