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Q&A with Rock Bridge football coach A.J. Ofodile

Monday, September 12, 2011 | 9:25 p.m. CDT; updated 11:50 p.m. CDT, Thursday, September 15, 2011
Rock Bridge High School's head football coach A.J. Ofodile reaches for the Providence Bowl trophy after his team defeated Hickman 33-27 on Aug. 26.

COLUMBIA — The Rock Bridge football team is off to a great start. After beating visiting Hazelwood Central 40-3 on Friday night, the Bruins are 3-0. The Missourian caught up with Bruins coach A.J. Ofodile on Monday as his team began preparations for its next opponent— the undefeated Jefferson City Jaybirds.

Q: If you could have done one thing different in Friday’s game, what would it be?
A: I don’t know, we had a pretty good game plan. If we could do one thing different, if I could, I would erase that interception that was credited to Bo Bell. That really wasn’t one that he threw, and that will go on the books. Based on performance, he deserves right now to not have thrown any interceptions. He got hit and the ball kind of shot out crazy. So if I could take anything away from that game or change anything, I would get rid of that.

Q: What was the funniest thing that happened in Friday’s game?
A: Everything involving (6-foot-5, 400-pound) T.J. Smith makes you laugh. Just everything, watching him on film, watching how he goes about his business is pretty funny. He’s got several pretty good moments during the game. Just a guy that big, and tossing people around and landing on people. It's funny.

Q: How did you improve as a coach this week?
A: I think we had a much more pointed approach to our game plan. I think we were a lot more focused than we have been in a long time, a lot more detail oriented. That was one of the goals this off-season, was to really fine tune things, and I think we did and came up with a pretty good plan on both sides of the ball because of that.

Q: Who improved the most as a player this week?
A: Well it would have to be Eggy (wide receiver Nate Egharevba), coming from IR to getting some reps and getting his first catch in. He kind of struggled during the week of practice, and we didn’t know if he would be ready to go. He limped a lot. Come game time, he was not necessarily himself, but he was able to go out there and be functional for us.

Q: What are you least looking forward to this week?
A: Oh the week itself. The week leading up to this game. The whole normal routine of class and practice. I wish we could just fast-forward to the game. We could just fast-forward and know that we were prepared already. That’d be great.

Q: What are you most looking forward to this week?
A: The opportunity to play one of the best teams in the state (Jefferson City), and see where we really are. You know we’ve played some decent teams, but we haven’t really played anyone who has been dominant like they have so far. So we get a chance right out of the gate on Friday to see where we really stack up.

Q: What did you tell your quarterback about last week’s game?
A: Good job.

Q: What did you tell your assistant coaches?
A: Great job, especially to coach (defensive coordinator Justin) Conyers. I thought he had a fantastic game plan. I thought he was really detail oriented, and had a really directed approach on how he wanted to go about defending them. So congratulations and great job to him.

Q: What did you tell your wife?
A: She was asleep when I got home. We don’t do too much football.

Q: What did your wife say about Friday’s game?
A: She just sent me a text after the game. A congratulations text, and I didn’t text her back, so she was mad at me.


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