COLUMBIA—Quarterback Logan Twehous gives a smile that stretches carefully.
He's asked what's the secret to his success at Rock Bridge football.
Rock Bridge (2-0) at Springdale Har-Ber (Ark.) (1-0)
WHEN: 7 p.m.
WHERE: Har-Ber High School, Springdale, Ark.
The junior has had an absurd amount of success in his team's 2-0 start, and he laughs softly at the question.
"I mean, I’m probably eating the same stuff a regular kid does," said the 16-year-old. "You know, I drink a lot of water, a little bit of Gatorade."
Coach A.J. Ofodile suggested that modesty and levelheadedness play a role in his second-year starter's play.
"That's what I think makes him so good," Ofodile said. "It's that unique balance of never being too full of himself but believing in himself more than anybody else has ever believed in him."
Twehous talks about his offensive linemen and receivers.
"I'm blessed to have a bunch of good skill guys that can make plays after they get the ball in their hands," he said.
In Week 1, Twehous tossed five touchdowns and a school-record 390 yards in a 41-35 rally at then-No. 5 De Smet.
Twehous increased his touchdown total by six (four passing, two rushing) a week later against Fort Zumwalt West. He threw for 324 yards and and picked up 162 on the ground.
In Friday night's home-opener, the No. 2 ranked Bruins buried Fort Zumwalt West 48-14 with 696 yards of total offense.
"We've had some big wins, some huge offensive performances, some huge points on the scoreboard," said Ofodile as he reflected on his 10 years at Rock Bridge. "But we haven’t done anything like this."
The student section praised its quarterback with a chant similar to the nickname given to Texas A&M quarterback and last year's Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.
"Logan Football," fans rung out.
For his thoughts on the nickname, Twehous smiled and admited that classmates "jokingly" ask for his autograph now and then.
"He gets a lot of attention," said receiver Alex Ofodile." It's fun though, being a big name like that in the school."
Alex Ofodile, coming off a two-touchdown showing against Ft. Zumwalt West, is just one of Twehous' options at receiver. Another is Zach Reuter, who had three touchdown grabs against De Smet. A third is Antwon Turnage, who has caught three of his own this season. Twehous also connected with Elisha Peat for a score Friday.
"Defenses definitely fear us, I'd say," Alex Ofodile said. "Game planning for me and Zach, that's one thing, but then to game plan for Elisha and Antwon, that's like, who do you stop? Someone's gonna make a play every game."
Already nearing half of his sophomore season total of 21 touchdown throws, Twehous said this year feels different.
"It makes it 10 times more fun for me, especially when I can throw it to these kind of receivers," he said.
The change in Twehous' performance, coach Ofodile said, has come through natural development, acknowledging his quarterback's time spent with weights and film.
"He’s a gym rat kind of guy," coach Ofodile said. "He's a perfectionist. He loves the work aspect of it."
After two games of throwing for more than 300 yards, coach Ofodile said Twehous reeled over how he could have totaled 400 or even 500-plus.
There were missed reads on some plays, missed chances on others. It is, after all, early in the season.
"He’s playing at a pretty high clip (but) not playing anywhere near perfect football right now," coach Ofodile said. "That's the crazy part."
Approaching Friday's out-of-state matchup with Arkansas power Springdale Har-Ber, Twehous knows it's early in the season.
"Each game, they're game-planning for me, and they've got something different," he said. "I've just got to be able to get better every game."
His expectations in this one?
"I mean," he said, stopping and then smiling. "I expect to put up seven touchdowns this game."