PURCELL - Bridge Creek came into its opening round playoff game against Purcell as a heavy underdog, but you wouldn't have been able to tell by watching the game.
The Bobcats came out on fire, setting the tone for the night by scoring rushing touchdowns on their first three possessions. Their offense finished the game with 351 yards rushing as they stunned Purcell 46-14 at Conger Field.
Bridge Creek, District 3A-1's fourth-place team, squeezed into the playoffs by winning its final three district games. The winning streak was capped off by last Friday's 18-14 win over Blanchard on a Hail Mary pass as time expired.
Bridge Creek coach Jerry Wallis believes his team has continued to improve each week with its back against the wall.
“We had to win our last three district games just to get into the playoffs, and since that point our team has continued to improve each week,” Wallis said.
Bridge Creek was led by senior running back Chris Golden, who had 20 carries for 134 yards and three touchdowns.
Golden said, “We wanted to run the ball to open up the passing game but we had so much success running the ball early, we just stuck with it.”
Despite being the underdogs, the Bobcats entered the playoffs with lofty goals.
“The guys before us started a winning tradition here, but we still haven't had a team get to the third round,” said Golden. “Our goal this year is to be the first team to make it to the third round, then on to a state championship.”
Bridge Creek will get its chance to accomplish that goal next Friday when it will host Bethany in the second round of the playoffs.
The Dragons' offense was its own worst enemy, committing seven turnovers. Their season ends with a record of 9-2.