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Soap Lake loses 22-0 to Bridgeport

by CHERYL SCHWEIZER
Staff Writer | September 17, 2022 11:10 AM

SOAP LAKE — The Soap Lake Eagles came close, but they couldn’t quite get into the end zone, losing to the Bridgeport Mustangs 22-0 Friday in Soap Lake.

“We had some mistakes, some penalties, that really hurt us,” said first-year head coach Garrett Devine.

With under a minute left in the game, receiver Alex Bustos got behind the Bridgeport defense, caught a pass from quarterback Jairo Lopez, and took the ball into the end zone for an 80-yard touchdown - only to have the play called back on a penalty. Devine said miscommunication on a play near Bridgeport’s goal line that led to a Mustang defensive stop also cost the Eagles.

A mishandled ball on a play deep in Soap Lake territory ended with Lopez being tackled in the end zone for a Bridgeport safety. Bridgeport also scored late in the game when Brandon Garcia intercepted Lopez and returned the ball about 60 yards for a touchdown.

Soap Lake did have some offensive success, fooling the Bridgeport defense with a couple of reverses and gaining significant yardage on some pass plays.

“We had some big plays, some big runs, but we just couldn’t capitalize,” Devine said.

But the Eagles, a very young team, made some progress. Devine said he was pretty pleased with the defensive play in particular.

The Eagle linebackers played well, he said, and the defensive line did a good job stopping the Mustang running game.

Bridgeport scored its first touchdown on a run by Tyrel Tonseth with about 8:29 left in the first quarter. The Eagles held on the two-point conversion attempt.

Garcia scored on an 80-yard pass with 5:18 left in the second quarter, but the Eagles defense stopped the Mustangs on the two-point try. Bridgeport led 12-0 at the half. That was the last score until the Bridgeport defense tackled Lopez for the safety, the interception return and successful two-point conversion, which resulted in the 22-0 final.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” Devine said. “But there was a lot of stuff I really liked.”

Cheryl Schweizer can be reached via email at cschweizer@columbiabasinherald.com.

BOX SCORE

Bridgeport 6-6-0-10 22

Soap Lake 0-0-0-0 0

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Soap Lake running back Anthony Contreras (53) fights off a Bridgeport defender.

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The Soap Lake defense stacks up a Bridgeport running back during the Eagles’ 22-0 loss to the Mustangs.

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Eagles running back Robby Fisher (10) breaks into the open field during the Soap Lake-Bridgeport game.

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Sam Schopf (22) hands off to Giovanni Campos (15) on a reverse play that went for a big gain during the Soap Lake-Bridgeport game Friday.

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Accompanied by his blockers, Soap Lake’s Sam Schopf (with football) heads downfield during the Eagles’ 22-0 loss to Bridgeport Friday.

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