Rock Bridge football defeats Howell Central, moves to district finals

Friday, November 8, 2013 | 11:21 p.m. CST; updated 4:23 p.m. CST, Saturday, November 9, 2013

ST. CHARLES — Rock Bridge quarterback Logan Twehous could barely squeeze out the words.

After Rock Bridge's 34-13 victory over Francis Howell Central in the Class 6, District 3 semifinals, Twehous summed it all up into one word.

"Fantastic," he said.

It was winning the game and moving to the district finals that was fantastic according to Twehous, but he was also happy to just be competing in the game after sitting out during last week's win over Jefferson City with an injury.

Twehous was glad to be back.

"First drive, there was still some jitters. ... Just getting back into it," he said. "First touchdown pass I was going crazy. I realized how much I missed it. It was so much fun today."

With his comeback, Twehous returned to doing what he does best: throwing touchdowns. He found his favorite target, senior receiver Zach Reuter, in the end zone four times, including an 80-yard touchdown in the first quarter that began the Bruins' offensive onslaught.

"I love him (Reuter) so much," Twehous said.

Twehous struggled to find his words. He was too busy smiling. His face showed exhilaration and satisfaction.

Twehous finally regrouped and found his words, and he praised his offense.

"With the receivers we have we can go to any of them," Twehous said. "He (Reuter) was just open tonight and making plays, and I'm glad he was."

Rock Bridge coach A.J. Ofodile was clearly excited to have his quarterback return, as well as senior running back Eli Stout who also sat out last week.

"He (Stout) did a great job carrying the load," Ofodile said. "Ran the ball well. Having Logan back expands our offense as we were able to get the ball downfield and make some big plays. That was the difference in the game."

Ofodile also wasn't going to go without commending Reuter's four-touchdown performance either.

"I think people underestimate just how fast he is and how physical he is," Ofodile said. "So if you try to get your hands on him it doesn't typically have a ton of an effect on him. He's just deceptively fast."

Rock Bridge is scheduled to face Fort Zumwalt West at 7 p.m. Friday in the district finals. It is the first time that Rock Bridge has made it to the Class 6 state quarterfinals since 2005.

Seconds after Twehous praised his teammates, he was asked how the two postseason victories have affected the team's memory of the four game losing streak late in the regular season.

Twehous smiled, and answered without hesitation.

"It's forgotten."

Supervising editor is Nina Pantic.

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