COLUMBIA — Seniors Marcus Frisby and Jordan Pascucci were all smiles Friday night.
High fives were running rampant. Laughter was coming from all corners of the locker room. Friendly taps on the rear end were common.
Frisby, the 6-foot-1, 300-pound defensive lineman, was ready to talk about Rock Bridge's 48-14 victory against Fort Zumwalt West (1-1).
"I think you want to talk to yours truly," Frisby said.
Frisby should be satisfied with the team's defensive effort, one that allowed only two touchdowns and also forced and recovered a fourth-quarter fumble to seal the deal for the Bruins.
"The real key points to the defense was everybody read their reads, all the way from the front line all the way back to the secondary," Frisby said. "The biggest part we need to worry about is wrapping up and getting a full-on tackle, but for the most part we played as a team. Everybody pursued to the ball, and I feel like we all came through as a unit."
Frisby may be referring to a first-quarter touchdown by the Jaguars where senior receiver Seth Hebert was almost wrapped up near the line of scrimmage but broke free and ran 76 yards for the score. That tied the game 7-7, but Rock Bridge's high-powered spread offense was no match for Fort Zumwalt West for the rest of the game.
Rock Bridge scored 34 unanswered points after the tie. Pascucci, a 6-foot-4 tight end, had a pair of 30-plus-yard catches that set up touchdowns for the Bruins.
"We've got a lot of talent out there, so when teams double up on a guy, they're always going to forget about another one of our players, and we have a lot of big play makers on our team," Pascucci said.
Outside of the locker room, friends, parents and coaches congratulated the players. It was a big win for the Bruins, their second of the season, but Coach A.J. Ofodile is looking ahead to a tough opponent next Friday.
"We're looking forward to (Har-Ber High School)," Ofodile said. "They do it the right way. If we're competitive with those guys, then we're doing the right thing. They're a good measuring stick for us program-wise."
Last year, the Bruins defeated the Wildcats 27-16 at home. Unlike last year, Rock Bridge has to travel to Springdale, Ark.
Ofodile still thinks the team has much to improve before next week's game.
"We're pretty good offensively right now, but we're really far away from what we could be," Ofodile said. "This week was a better offensive performance, and hopefully we'll get better next week. We're going to need to get better next week."