“It feels pretty good,” Bridges said of the win over Wetumpka. “We accomplished a lot with the win. We just didn’t want to have that last-year moment.”
Last season the Bulldogs fell at McGill-Toolen 21-20 in the first round of the playoffs. That was without quarterback Matthew Christian playing for Opelika and Auburn defensive back Stephen Roberts running the show instead. This time around Christian is back and playing well, meaning Opelika is as strong on both sides of the ball as any team in the state.
With running back Josh Johnson helping to carry the load on offense and tight end Kyle Fourtenbary a reliable target for Christian in the passing game, Opelika’s offense is capable of putting up big numbers. On the defensive side of the ball South Carolina commitment Quandeski Whitlow, big Jared Gentry and athletic linebacker Roy Yancy are all playmakers, but right there with them is Bridges.
Playing a role for the Bulldogs since the end of his freshman season, Bridges is now a veteran and one of the guys Coach Brian Blackmon counts on to make plays for his defense. Still growing and learning more about playing the game, Bridges said he feels better with every passing game as his role branches out to include a stand-up role at times.
“I think I have improved more physically,” he said. “I used to be all about speed when I first started playing varsity. Now I have proven that I can take you on. I’m still working on being more physical and also my footwork. With a little bit more work on that I can be even faster with my take-off.”