COLUMBIA — Alex Ofodile has already had one sophomore season ended by crosstown rival Hickman.
A Rock Bridge interception in the end zone in overtime — on a pass meant for Ofodile — gave Hickman a 10-7 win in a semifinal game and ended the Bruins' football season in stomach-churning fashion.
No. 1 Hickman vs. No. 2 Rock Bridge
7 p.m. Saturday at Hickman High School
Ofodile said the stinging memory remains fresh.
Saturday at Hickman, the sophomore will have an opportunity to stave off elimination by way of the Kewpies on the hardwood.
Ofodile, the Bruins’ top receiver on the gridiron in the fall and a key reserve on the court in the winter, is all too familiar with the feeling of losing to the school five miles down Providence Road. He’s 0-4 against Hickman this season, succumbing to defeat twice in football and basketball.
“I want to get them back,” Ofodile said. “We can’t lose to them again.”
A 55-48 loss to the Kewpies in early December was followed by a heartbreaking 78-74 defeat in triple-overtime in January.
If the third time will prove to be the charm for Rock Bridge, it will be without star junior Nick Norton. The team’s leading scorer and Creighton commit suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the final minutes of the regular season finale last week.
But as the Bruins proved in Friday night’s 73-59 district semifinal win against Jefferson City, a roster plenty capable of achieving success remains.
“Nick’s probably half of our offense, but I think we’ve got enough key players to pick up for him,” Ofodile said.