Rock Bridge football to play Jefferson City, again

Thursday, October 31, 2013 | 12:00 p.m. CDT
Rock Bridge wide receiver Alex Ofodile runs with the ball during Rock Bridge's homecoming football game against Jefferson City on Friday.

COLUMBIA — For the third year in a row, the Rock Bridge football team is scheduled to face an opponent for the second time in one season.

It's not uncommon for a high school football team to play an opponent, usually a district rival, in both the regular season and the postseason.

But this time is a little different.

For a second consecutive week, sixth-seeded Rock Bridge is scheduled to go against third-seeded Jefferson City. Friday, they are scheduled to play in the Class 6, District 3 quarterfinals a week after Jefferson City defeated Rock Bridge 31-21.

Rock Bridge coach A.J. Ofodile looks at this matchup as an opportunity to get back at Jefferson City after such a close loss last week.

"Not often in life do you get a second chance for something," the coach said. "We get a second chance to try to fix some of the mistakes we made. We're gonna look at some of the mistakes they made and what they did good, and we'll build on that."

Rock Bridge is 0-2 in the past two seasons when facing a team for the second time, losing to Rockhurst in 2011 and Hickman in 2012 in the postseason.

Ofodile said there could be advantages and disadvantages of playing the same team twice. An advantage is that the team is able to get insight on how it matches up with the opponent. A disadvantage is that the opponent has the same insight.

Either way, Ofodile and senior tight end Jordon Pascucci said the team is ready for the game.

"We're real excited to get back after these guys and actually give them a loss this time," Pascucci said. "We need to prove that we're the dominant team from the start ... we just had a few slip-ups in the first game."

Ofodile said the team knows it needs to play with a sense of urgency and a win-or-go-home mentality. Pascucci said the seniors look at each game as a chance to extend the season and maybe reach the state title game in St. Louis.

"We're trying to make it to the dome (Edward Jones Dome) this year," Pascucci said.

Supervising editor is Erik Hall.

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