Rock Bridge receiver eager to be back in game for Bruins

Thursday, September 8, 2011 | 8:54 p.m. CDT; updated 9:18 p.m. CDT, Thursday, September 8, 2011

COLUMBIA­­ — Nate Egharevba is itching to play.

The Bruins wide receiver, a third-year starter, has been out all season with a torn meniscus in his knee and has finally been cleared for Friday’s 7 against visiting Hazelwood Central.

“He’s a real leader for us, a professional on the field. He was expected to be a huge weapon for us, our only experienced returning receiver as far as actual wide outs go,” Rock Bridge coach A.J. Ofodile said. “This will be the first game he’s cleared for.”

Egharevba has been practicing all week with the team, and though he said he is ready to play, Ofodile remains hesitant.

“If he’s not 100 percent, I don’t want to put him out there and risk injury,” he said.

“For a game that if he’s not going to be able to be him, it’s not worth risking getting hurt," Ofodile said. "If he’s going to be able to be himself and be dynamic like he normally is, I feel pretty good about getting him out there.”

The Bruins (2-0) have started the season strong, beating Hickman in the Providence Bowl 33-27 and dominating Riverview Gardens last week 62-12. They face Hazelwood Central (1-1), who were blanked by DeSmet Jesuit in their first game 28-0, but came back last week with a shutout of their own against Pattonville, winning 43-0.

First-year starter and senior quarterback Bo Bell has gone 26-for-42 with five touchdowns and no interceptions in the Bruins' two wins and is also leading the team in rushing with 144 yards.

For Friday's game, he might have a new weapon in Egharevba.

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