Bridgeport 30, Crane 28 (November 30, 2001)
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Crane 6 7 15 0 28
Bridgeport 6 12 6 6 30

Nutshell Summary: 
  • The game was an absolute heart stopper with Crane missing a 31 yard field goal attempt as time expired
  • Time would have expired on the previous play (a 33 yard completion) but a bull player was hurt with two seconds left to play
  • Crane had a hoss of a running back, Harold Jeffrey, who rushed for 225 yards and three touchdowns
  • Bridgeport managed only 43 yards on the ground
  • Turnovers played no roll in the game with both teams losing one.
  • Shane Funk carried 10 times for 55 yards (all others combined for -12)
  • Phillip Daugherty continued a dream season completing 16 of 30 passes for 320 yards.
  • One would think that Daugherty will get serious consideration for First Team All State Quarterback
  • Ramey Herrera caught 7 passes for 212 yards, Shane Funk caught 3 for 42 and Joseph Drebs pulls in 4 for 37 yards
  • Both teams had 4 punts and 3 penalties a piece
  • Bridgeport has a serious problem with their kicking game and an even worse problem with two point conversions: Not one kicking PAT was attempted with Bridgeport going for two points on all five conversions. They failed on all five attempts.
  • Crane was 10-2 entering the game
  • This has by far become the most successful season in Bridgeport history.
  • The win managed a large headline in the Dallas Morning News, perhaps the first time ever Bridgeport has been so predominately mentioned
  • The game was played in Abilene (which is a long way away)
  • Bridgeport faces Kennedale (12-1) at Southlake Carroll next week

How they scored:
B - Shane Funk 3 yard run, 2 pt. conversion failed
C - Harold Jeffery 71 yard run, XP failed
B - Phillip Daugherty 7 yard run, 2 pt. conversion failed
C - Rameriz 67 yard pass from Lowery, XP
B - Ramey Herrera 24 yard pass from Daugherty, 2 pt. conversion failed
C - Jeffery 10 yard run, 2 pt. conversion
C - Jeffery 10 yard run, XP
B - Funk 8 yard run, 2 pt. conversion failed
B - Herrera 90 yard pass from Daugherty, 2 pt. conversion failed

From the Dallas Morning News:
ABILENE– A 31-yard field goal attempt by Crane’s Edgar Baiza went wide right as time expired, enabling Bridgeport to win in a Region I-3A Division II semifinal at Shotwell Stadium. Bridgeport (8-5) advances to a region final for first time, playing the winner of Saturday’s Kennedale-Alpine semifinal at San Angelo.Crane (10-3) got the field goal chance when Baiza caught a 33-yard pass from Ross Lowery with two seconds left. Crane had no timeouts, but Bridgeport’s Tommy Winans was injured on the play, allowing Crane the chance for the win.“In 1999, we lost a playoff when we kicked a short field goal that hit the goal post. I hoped we wouldn’t lose in the last moments again,” Bridgeport coach Danny Henson said. “I counted the time and it was close. If I were one of the referees, I would be glad he missed it, instead of having to make a decision on that.”Bridgeport rallied from a 28-18 deficit, with the win coming on a 90-yard touchdown reception from Phillip Daugherty to Ramey Herrera with 6:44 left. Herrera took a seven-yard pass and shook off two defenders and sprinted for the touchdown.Daugherty passed for 320 yards. Herrera had seven catches for 212 yards and two touchdowns, but couldn’t watch the last play.“I couldn’t watch. I could tell we won by the noise,” Herrera said. “I just spinned on the long touchdown.”Crane tailback Harold Jeffery was outst anding in defeat, rushing for 225 yards and three touchdowns. Jeffery had two 10-yard touchdown runs in the third quarter to give Crane a 28-18 lead, the second after an interception by Gonzalo Hernandez.Bridgeport pulled within 28-24 on an eight-yard touchdown run by Shane Funk, with 1:29 left in the third quarter. Bridgeport failed to convert five extra-point conversion attempts, all of them for two points. Henson said his kicking game has been inconsistent and has not kicked for an extra point in three weeks, but added the decision almost cost his team on Friday.Crane stayed in the game in the first half with two scoring plays of 67 yards or more, including a 67-yard pass from Lowery to A.J. Ramirez to give Crane a 13-12 lead with 10:51 in the second quarter.Bridgeport marched 85 yards on its next drive to take the lead back before halftime, completed with a 24-yard touchdown pass from Daugherty to Herrera on a fourth-and-10 play. Herrera had six catches for 122 yards in the first half. 

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