By Bob Redd
For The Register-Herald
The Bridgeport Indians have a long tradition of playing hard-nosed power football and the River View Raiders and head coach Mitchell Estep knew of that tradition before they embarked on a journey to take on the No. 3 seed in the Class AA playoffs, Saturday afternoon at Wayne Jamison Field.
Bridgeport lined up in the power-I and ran their way to a 54-6 first round win over the No. 14 Raiders, advancing to next week’s quarterfinals.
Estep said, “When it comes to a conclusion like this, you’ve got to look at all of the positives that have happened this year. We’ve had a lot of ups and downs, but the kids have fought through those.
“We had an opportunity to come play a team full of tradition and class, a good football team, and I look for them to go deep in the playoffs.”
The Indians’ Brett Hathaway was the game’s leading rusher with 188 yards on 17 carries. Wilson led River View with 66 yards on 16 rushes.
Anthony Bonamico had two interceptions for the Indians, while the Raiders’ Joseph McClanahan blocked two point-after attempts and Brewster recovered a Bridgeport fumble.
River View completes the season with a 6-5 record. Bridgeport, now 8-2, advances to play the winner between Summers County and Frankfort next week.
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RV 0 0 0 6 — 6
B 14 14 19 7 — 54
B - Brett Hathaway 5 run (kick failed), 5:48
B - Hathaway 60 run (Hathaway run), 5:12
B - Troy Anderson 24 pass to Cullen Cutright (Sam Hadjis kick), 11:52
B - Cameron Stanley 1 run (Hadjis kick), 7:05
B - Anderson 2 run (kick blocked), 3:46
B - Anthony Bonamico 47 interception return (Hadjis kick), 2:41
B - Anthony Caldera 37 run (kick blocked), :21
B - Hunter Mann 5 run (Hadjis kick), 4:11
RV - Sammy Brewster 12 run (pass failed), :41
RUSHING – River View: Jordan Wilson 16-66, Austin Walker 6-31, Sammy Brewster 7-32, Ryan Blankenship 2-14, Joseph McClanahan 1-6, Jeremy Crigger 1-8, Totals 44-164. Bridgeport: Brett Hathaway 17-188, Cameron Stanley 9-48, Anthony Caldera 6-78, Troy Anderson 1-4, Alex Thorne 5-14, Michael Gray 1-1, Mitchell Winkie 1-6, Hunter Mann 2-34, Cole Stein 1-12, Totals 43-385.
PASSING – River View: Austin Walker 4-7-2, 74 yards. Bridgeport Troy Anderson 5-6-0, 82 yards 1 TD, Anthony Caldera 0-1-0, 0.
RECEIVING – River View: Brandon Thomas 2-53, Jordan Wilson 1-7, Demetrius Duff 1-14. Bridgeport, Cullen Cutright 3-42, Brett Hathaway 1-25, Zach Bombardiere 1-15.