Sitting at 4-1, Rock Bridge football has tough road ahead

Thursday, October 3, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:16 a.m. CDT, Friday, October 4, 2013
Rock Bridge High School won 27-10 against Hickman High School at the Friday in the Providence Bowl at Hickman's Alumni Field. Three of the Bruins next four games are away from their home field.

COLUMBIA — Sitting at 4-1, the Rock Bridge football team is in good shape before heading into the toughest part of its schedule.

Such good shape that a 27-10 victory over Hickman last week was below its standard of averaging 38.4 points per game this season.

But three of the Bruins' next four games are on the road and are also against winning teams. Coach A.J. Ofodile knows that the Bruins have some worthy foes ahead, including their opponent Saturday, Helias Catholic (3-2).

Helias is averaging 44.4 points a game and put up 77 points against Vashon last week. The win over Vashon was the third game this season that Helias did not attempt a punt.

"I view them as, definitely, one of our chief rivals," Ofodile said. "They are one of the other strong mid-Missouri programs. They're one of our peers that we look at to solidify where we stand in mid-Missouri."

The three games after Helias for Rock Bridge are Rockhurst, Liberty and Jefferson City.

Rockhurst, though 2-3, is a perennial powerhouse that usually finishes around the top of its district.

"Rockhurst's record is not even close to an indication of what they are," Ofodile said. "They're going to always be in the hunt for the state championship, always be one of the flagship programs in the state."

Liberty (3-2) is ranked third in Class 6, District 4. It shares the same district with nationally-ranked Blue Springs and Raymore-Peculiar, a team that gave Rock Bridge its only loss this season.

Rock Bridge caps off the regular season with district rival Jefferson City (3-2), a team that Rock Bridge faces on a yearly basis.

In order to stay focused for the games ahead, senior defensive lineman Marcus Frisby says that it's best to look past the records.

"Treat every week like we're 0-0," Frisby said in response to how the team can improve. "Treat every week like we're going into a new game. Improve on the last week, play harder the next week."

Tweaking Twehous' performance

Junior quarterback Logan Twehous believes that he needs to play better in order to keep winning.

With three touchdown passes last week in the victory over Hickman, most people would think he played well. But Twehous was more focused on his two interceptions in the game and gave credit to his receivers for those touchdowns.

"Honestly, I can’t thank them enough," Twehous said. "I don't think I bounced back during that whole (Hickman) game. It was kind of being too big for the moment and not taking what the defense was giving me. I was trying to force things, which caused two interceptions."

Ofodile believes that Twehous has been playing well but just has the typical mindset of a competitor; Twehous will always feel his game could be improved.

"He's a perfectionist," Ofodile said. "The rhythm of that (Hickman) game was kind of off, and I don't think he was necessarily in his zone like he typically is."

Supervising editor is Erik Hall.

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