BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. — Carson Winkie and Trey Pancake each scored a pair of rushing touchdowns as Bridgeport returned to the Super Six for the first time in four seasons with a 38-7 win over Oak Glen in a Class AA semifinal at Wayne Jamison Field.
The No. 2 Indians (12-1) will face No. 4 Bluefield (12-1) Friday, December 6th at Wheeling Island Stadium.
“There’s not many stars on our team in there,” said Bridgeport head coach John Cole. “There’s a lot of kids that buy into what we are doing and want to win and work hard to do it.”
Winkie toted the ball 31 times for 201 yards as the Indians scored 21 unanswered points in the second half after taking a 17-7 lead into the locker room.
“He is a leader,” Cole said of Winkie. “As the year went on, he became more vocal. He has been a leader since the offseason last year. He deserves everything that happens to him out there.”
“The reason Carson is getting the ball so much is because other kids have stepped up,” said Bridgeport offensive coordinator Tyler Phares. “Brian Henderson and Trey Pancake are starting to block their butts off. That has allowed us to move (Carson) back.”
Winkie opened the scoring with a 1-yard run to cap a 10-play, 70-yard drive on the Indians first possession. Oak Glen answered when Hunter Patterson took a handoff and ran 33 yards to the end zone, evening the score 7-7 at the end of the first quarter.
Midway through the second quarter, Pancake capped a 14-play drive with a 5-yard touchdown tote. An Austin Springer 21-yard field goal gave the Indians a 17-7 halftime lead.
Devin Vandergrift opened the scoring in the third quarter with a 7-yard run. Winkie and Pancake each added fourth quarter scoring runs to put the game out of reach.
Bridgeport’s defense did not yield a point after Oak Glen’s opening possession. “We just settled in once we had seen the same plays a couple times, said Bridgeport defensive coordinator Adam King. “We had the reputation early in the season that we couldn’t guard the pass. And the last two games our kids have really bought in and they are doing things the right way.”
The Indians will now face the team that eliminated them from the past two postseasons. Bluefield defeated Fairmont Senior 40-24 Friday night to advance to the Super Six.
“We had a core of kids that were invested in this team this year,” Cole said. “They had a really good offseason. If it wasn’t for them, there would be no chance for anything.”
Oak Glen concludes the most successful season in program history with a 12-1 record.