COLUMBIA — Rock Bridge football coach A.J. Ofodile said the Bruins might not have been ready mentally for Friday night's game against rival Jefferson City.
"We just weren't composed," Ofodile said. "We came in early and had some opportunities to make some plays that we didn't capitalize on. I think we got a little discouraged."
The Bruins suffered their first loss of the season, falling 31-14 to the visiting Jays.
Jefferson City running back Devon Moore scored four first half rushing touchdowns to help the Jays (4-0) jump out in front. Rock Bridge (3-1) was shut out until the fourth quarter when quarterback Bo Bell threw touchdown passes to receivers Freeman Simmons and Brad Troyer.
Ofodile said the Bruins' late scoring drives gave the team a confidence boost.
"More than anything, just to have some success in the second half and say, 'You know what, this game plan does work, we can move the ball,'" he said. "It was good for the kids to be able to see that they can have some success, and they can execute the game plan."
Ofodile said the Bruins needed to decrease errors during the game.
"We'll evaluate the film and look to see exactly what we did wrong. More than anything, there was a lot of mental mistakes and things we had control of that we didn't take advantage of, and we'll look at those things."
Next Friday night, Rock Bridge will travel to play Rockhurst.