Anthony Caldera rushed for two first-half touchdowns and Bridgeport beat Wayne 14-13 in the Class AA championship game in snowy conditions Friday night at Wheeling Island Stadium.
Caldera finished with 107 yards rushing for second-seeded Bridgeport (13-1), which won its first championship since 2000 and its seventh overall.
Top-seeded Wayne (13-1) was denied its third straight title and saw its streak of 36 straight wins snapped, a state record it shares with Class A Ansted from 1970-73.
Caldera scored on runs of 22 and 39 yards and finished with 107 yards. Anthony Bonamico’s 2-point conversion run after Caldera’s second TD just before halftime were the game’s final points. Neither team scored in the second half.
Wayne’s final drive start at its 10-yard line with 5 minutes left. The Pioneers drove down the field, but the game ended when a pass by Grant Ferguson was batted down in the end zone.
In the first half, Ferguson threw a 35-yard scoring pass to Kurt Arthur, while Wayne’s Mason Hodge rushed for 109 yards, including a 2-yard scoring run.
With the field covered in snow, the teams combined for seven fumbles and just 11 total pass plays.