CHANNELVIEW – With tears streaming down their faces, the Bridge City senior class left the football field for the last time, still convinced that beating Coldspring was within reach. The scoreboard, though, told a different story.
The Trojans dominated in a 47-7 decision over the Cardinals in the bidistrict round of the Class 3A state football playoffs at Ray Maddry Memorial Stadium on Friday night. From the beginning, there was little doubt that Coldspring would have its way against Bridge City.
“We thought we could run but, then, that’s our game,” said Bridge City Head Coach Cris Stump. “We run it and then we throw off that.”
But Coldspring was having none of it. The first three plays from scrimmage, all runs by junior back Asthon Hunter, resulted in a net loss of three yards. BC’s defense held Coldspring to a three-and-out series on the Trojans’ ensuing possession.
That’s when BC’s passing game appeared to get the better of Coldspring. Quarterback Daniel Faulk hit Colby Trahan for 23 yards and the game’s first first down. On the very next play, the Cardinals faltered as confusion was evident after the ball was snapped. As Faulk paused, a Coldspring defender poked the ball free and Trojan Tony Butler picked up the loose ball and ran 69 yards for a 7-0 lead.
“We would do pretty well with our passing but then they’d get a sack and there we were,” Stump said. “It was tough to get something going with the way their defense was playing.”
After BC was forced to punt on its next possession, the Trojans set up an eight-play, 87-yard drive with Douglas Johnson rolling in from nine yards out. The score was 13-0 after a missed PAT kick at the 2:39 mark of the first quarter.
The game went back-and-forth until the 1:16 mark of the second quarter when Jhett Simmons pushed in from three yards out for a 19-0 lead.
“They’re a good team,” Stump said. “I can see them going several rounds deep this year.”
But by the end of the first half, the Cards had not seen the best that Coldspring had to offer. The Trojans would score another 28 points in the final two quarters with quarterback Alfred Scott scoring on a run of 7 yards and completing passes of 5 and 10 yards for touchdowns in the third quarter.
Alex Dunham capped the scoring for Coldspring with a 24-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.
Bridge City had its chances to mount a comeback during the game, as Chase Shuggart grabbed two interceptions, while Adrian Schubarth and Josh Blanchard each found fumbles for the Cards.
The Cardinals found the end zone midway through the fourth to end Coldspring’s shutout. After Schubarth collected his fumble recovery, the Cards moved 36 yards in three plays, capped by a pass from Faulk to Schubarth for the score.
Faulk finished the game 8 of 20 for 131 yards with two interceptions. His top receiver was Schubarth with three catches for 48 yards. Nick Portacci added 25 yards on two catches. Hunter, who topped 1,000 yards as a junior this season, felt the wrath of Coldspring’s defense, picking up just 47 yards on 23 carries.
Scott led Coldspring with 41 yards passing on 5 of 7 completions, adding 143 yards rushing. Trey Cooper had 94 yards rushing on 14 carries.
The Cardinals end their season at 5-6 while Coldspring moves to 9-2 as it heads to the Class 3A area round this next week.