From Staff Reports
BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. — Brett Hathaway rumbled for 226 yards on 33 carries and two touchdowns to lead Bridgeport over Frankfort, 28-0, in the West Virginia Class AA quarterfinal playoff game at Bridgeport on Friday night.
The Indians (9-2) advance to play the winner of this afternoon’s game between Scott at Keyser. Bridgeport will visit Keyser if the Golden Tornado wins or will host the game if Scott pulls off the upset.
The Falcons began the game with good field position at their own 46. On fourth and eight from their 48, quarterback Gage Shaffer faked a punt and threw to Thane Cutter for 29 yards. That set up a 35-yard field goal attempt by Josh McNeil that missed wide right. The rest of the first was a battle for field position that remained tied at 0-0.
Bridgeport wasted little time on its first possession of the second quarter as Hathaway carried for 43 yards, then for 30 and the touchdown on his next attempt. Sam Hadjis converted the extra point to make it 7-0 with 8:23 left in the half. After a Frankfort three-and-out on the following possession, Hathaway was injured on the Indians next drive after rushing for 130 yards on 15 carries.
Bridgeport responded with a 28-yard completion to Zach Bombardiere from Troy Anderson on their lone pass attempt of the half. That set up a nine-yard touchdown run by Hathaway’s replacement, Anthony Caldera, to make it 14-0 with 1:46 remaining in the second quarter. Frankfort opened up the passing game with an excellent two minute drill on its next drive before Chris Faidley was stuffed on fourth and one at Bridgeport’s 12.
The Indians then put together a two-minute drill of their own with the running game. Hathaway then fumbled upon re-entering the game resulting in just the eighth turnover of the season for Bridgeport. It was recovered by Casey Shetler at Frankfort’s 20 to keep it at 14-0 going into halftime.
Bridgeport continued its plodding style on its opening drive of the third, marching inside Frankfort’s 10. On fourth and four at the five, the Falcons stopped Hathaway.
Frankfort, however, punted on its next possession, leading to another long drive by the Indians that was stopped again on fourth down, this time at Frankfort’s 15. The Falcons looked to seize the momentum but they were halted on fourth and two at their own 46.
Bridgeport started the fourth quarter inside Frankfort’s 40 but was stopped for a third time on fourth down on an interception by Devin Hughes.
Two plays later, the Indians recovered a fumble by Shaffer at Frankfort’s 25. Hathaway then scored for the second time on an eight-yard run to give Bridgeport a 21-0 lead with 4:55 remaining.
On the second play of the ensuing Frankfort drive, Shaffer was picked off by Tyler Marks who returned it 21 yards to make it 28-0 with 4:37 left.
Frankfort was held 39 yards rushing on 22 carries and Shaffer completed 9 of 20 for 124 yards. Cutter caught four passes for 50 yards, finishing just 19 yards shy of 1000 for the year. Cutter led the Falcons with 11 tackles and Brady Watson had eight.
Frankfort ends its season 9-3.