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By Andy Brown
For the Record 

Bridge City Cardinals defeat the Buna Cougars on the road 27 - 14. 


Last updated 8/31/2021 at 8:25pm

The Bridge City Cardinals opened up the season with a victory on the road in Buna. It was the first win for first-year Head Football Coach Cody McGuire. 

After a slow start in the first quarter, the Cardinals fell behind 0-14 going into the second quarter.The BC offense started to pick up steam in the second by driving down the field and capping off the drive with a 16 yard touchdown rush. Two plays later, the Cardinals notched another TD courtesy of a 33-yard pick-six from Rayburn Hebert. After the PAT the Cardinals tied it at 14 leading into the half. 

Coming out of the half, both offenses sputtered, but Braylon Collins and the Cardinal defense provided a spark with his own 56-yard interception touchdown return. After a failed two-point conversion, the score was at 20 -14. 

A clutch defensive stand gave the ball back to Ethan Oceguera and the offense. The Cardinals drove down the field and capped off the drive with a 10-yard rushing TD from JS Bearden bringing the score to 27 - 14. 

Buna tried to claw back but the Cardinal defense stepped up and put any hopes of a Cougar victory to rest with another interception from Gavin Garrett. 

The Cardinals start off the season (1-0) and will play Tarkington (0-1)  in the home opener at Larry Ward Stadium.

Defensive standouts: JS Bearden 3 sacks & 11 tackles, with a forced fumble. 

Braylon Collins: 1 Int TD, Rayburn Hebert: 1 Int TD & 6 tackles, Gavin Garrett 2 ints


Offensive Standouts: Ethan Oceguera passed for 160 yards and rushed for another 129 yards while tacking on 1 TD. JS Bearden scored a rushing TD on 19 yards. Deegan King had 1 reception for 67 yards. Kyler Garlaska had 3 receptions for 31 yards. 

Special Teams Standouts: Victor Hernandez converted 3 PATs on 3 attempts.  


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