Rock Bridge football one win away from sectionals

Thursday, October 20, 2011 | 9:52 p.m. CDT; updated 10:01 p.m. CDT, Thursday, October 20, 2011

COLUMBIA — It’s not just another week, and it’s not just another game­ – it just seems that way for the Rock Bridge football team.

“You just treat this next game like any other game,” defensive coordinator Justin Conyers said.

“Every week is the same thing; this is just another game,” head coach A.J. Ofodile said.

But if the Bruins defeat Blue Springs South on Friday night, they will advance out of district competition for the first time since 2005.

“I have coached in 10 districts, and we have had different results in all of them,” Ofodile said. “We’ve won districts before, and we haven’t won them before. We’ve won the first game, and we’ve not won the first game. This is not any new territory; it’s kind of the same old.”

The Bruins are 1-0 in Class 6, District 7 play after defeating Liberty 40-7 last weekend, and they only need one more win in their next two games to advance to sectionals.

Members of the coaching staff say they are not concerned about Friday night’s big implications. They know it is not a must-win situation.

“What if we lose tomorrow? Then we get the same thing next week,” Ofodile said. “So I mean, the way districts are set up with those three games, if we lose to Blue Springs South this week and we beat Blue Springs next weekend, we still go on.”

But that is easier said than done.

The Bruins were in the same position last season. They began district play 1-0 but lost their remaining two games. Blue Springs South (No. 8) and Blue Springs (tied for No. 5) are both currently ranked higher in the state than Rock Bridge (No. 10), and all three teams are 6-2 on the season.

Rock Bridge hopes that history does not repeat itself, though, and the coaching staff’s main focus Friday night is to keep a relaxed atmosphere.

“It’s a high school football game. That’s what you have to remember at the end of the day,” Conyers said. “Yes, we all want to be successful, but you’ve got to make it as pressure free as possible.”

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