COLUMBIA — The scores just kept coming.
Back and forth, back and forth.
Rock Bridge grabbed the lead early in the game. On 4th and 1, senior running back Eli Stout broke free on a long run, resulting in a touchdown. 7-0.
The next drive, Raymore-Peculiar tied it up with a touchdown catch by senior receiver Scotty Schaffner. 7-7.
This is how it was all night. Back and forth. Up until this game, Rock Bridge was able to shake things off and come out with a lead. After all, this was the team that scored at least 41 points in their three previous games. This was the team that is ranked 47th nationally by USA Today.
But something was different for the Bruins on Friday.
"We made some pretty crucial mistakes," said Rock Bridge coach A.J. Ofodile.
The game was tied 21-21 when things started to slip away for Rock Bridge. Towards the end of the third quarter, junior quarterback Logan Twehous fumbled the ball and Ray-Pec recovered.
Ray-Pec took a 24-21 lead, and never looked back. The Panthers won the game 31-21, giving the Bruins their first loss of the season.
"It's really tough," Twehous said. "Especially (to lose) in the fashion we did. We just have to practice better during the week."
Practice is something Ofodile talked to the team about in the huddle after the game. That and preparation are the things Ofodile believed ultimately cost them the game.
"We just didn't prepare well," Ofodile said. "We had a really shaky week of practice. Nothing felt good, nothing was smooth, nothing was like it had been in practice. I think the guys maybe took it easy a little bit, weren't quite as focused as we had been."
This may have been evident during the game when multiple penalties were called on Rock Bridge in all three phases of the game.
"It's probably by far the most penalties we've had," Ofodile said. "We'll go back and look at film and see exactly what the problems were. A lot of it was formation stuff on us."
Despite the loss, Ofodile sees it as a learning experience for his team. Twehous hopes to move on and learn from his coach.
"I have to start listening to coach more," Twehous said. "There's times where I just try to do my own thing and do what I think works. I just have to listen to him and know that he knows best."
At 7 p.m. next Friday, Rock Bridge takes on their rival, Hickman. Now that the Bruins don't have an undefeated record to worry about, the team is focused on looking forward.
Twehous is ready to put the Ray-Pec game behind him.
"I'm ready for Hickman," he said.