COLUMBIA — A back and forth affair resulted in a 33-27 Rock Bridge win over Hickman Friday night at Faurot Field.
A late charge from the Kewpies and quarterback Logan Fitch wasn't enough as Hickman lost its third straight game to the Bruins.
The Kewpies trailed early but threatened after sophomore backup quarterback Mason Murray threw a touchdown pass late in the third quarter to Deven Larry to tie the game at 20.
Rock Bridge quarterback Bo Bell's great night under center culminated in a fourth quarter drive for the Bruins, who regained the lead after he rushed for 66 yards and threw a pivotal touchdown pass. Bell threw for two touchdowns in the game and ran for another.
Freeman Simmons later broke a 40-yard touchdown run to give the Bruins a 33-20 lead.
“We’ve been here before," Rock Bridge coach A.J. Ofodile said. "We’ve won this game and had some disappointing games down the stretch. Our big focus is the old cliché: one step at a time.”
Hickman managed one last score as Alex Keith, a six-foot-three, 235-pound highly touted tight end, caught a touchdown pass from Fitch in the final minutes of the game.
“He’s a playmaker,” Hickman coach Arnel Monroe said of Keith. "Alex is a big play guy. He makes things happen.”
Rock Bridge then recovered a Hickman onside kick attempt and closed out the game.
Rock Bridge's Kenny James scored three touchdowns, running in his first from two yards out on Rick Bridge's first drive. Hickman running back Deven Larry answered with a touchdown of his own on the Kewpies first drive.
Keith also caught a touchdown pass to bring the Kewpies within a score at the end of the first half after sophomore Bohannon Davidson ran a 40-yard sweep to the 2-yard line.
Rock Bridge Defensive Coordinator Justin Conyers also gave Keith high praise.
“Alex Keith is definitely a Division I kid,” he said,” and he made some great plays out there and my guys did their best.”
Rock Bridge plays its next game on Saturday at Riverview Gardens. Hickman next plays on Friday at Wentzville Holt.