JEFFERSON CITY — The Rock Bridge football team couldn't overcome early mistakes and trailed throughout a 35-14 loss to undefeated Helias on Saturday in Jefferson City.
Rock Bridge coach A.J. Ofodile said there was no shame in the Bruins (3-3) losing to an undefeated team.
“I told our kids that I find absolutely no fault in our attitude, absolutely no fault in our effort,” Ofodile said. “Our kids fought, too. We made some mistakes that we were unable to overcome. Overall, it’s a real good football team we played.”
After a quick three-and-out to force a Bruins punt on the game’s opening drive, Helias (6-0) scored on its first play from scrimmage, a 41-yard scamper from senior running back Brad Wilson. The Bruins only scored in the third quarter, with Trey Millard reeling off touchdown runs of 29 and 31 yards. However, a 73-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter from Wilson drained the Bruins' momentum. Wilson provided the Crusaders with 208 yards of total offense.
Millard, who played both offense and defense for the Bruins, said the big plays were results of Helias’ execution of its game plan.
“They came out and blocked well,” he said. “They’re a good team. They hit the holes and made some plays.”
The second of Millard's touchdowns came a play after Millard had a 21-yard touchdown brought back because of a holding penalty on the offensive line.
“I was really excited for that first one,” Millard said. “I thought we had it, but there was that flag. On the second one, we wanted to run it down their throats again, score again, and I ended up breaking it open and scored.”
The celebration was cut short again, though, when Millard and the entire team stopped cold as another yellow flag sat on the field. This time the flag was on the Crusaders.
“I turned around and saw another flag, and I thought it was on us,” he said. “That’s when the heart sank a little bit, but it counted as a touchdown.”
Ofodile said he decided to change the pace on offense after halftime by focusing on the run and using Millard as a power runner. He said he felt like it was a good idea to close up the line, especially because Helias is such a fast and athletic team.
“When we’re close to the goal line, we feel like we can kind of move the ball and be physical,” Ofodile said. “We jumped into it. Our big guys feed off that set. They feel like it plays off our persona a bit. Unfortunately we didn’t have enough success with it to get that W. We had some good moments and it kept us in the game for a brief period of time.”