COLUMBIA — Rock Bridge High School and Muriel Williams Battle High School will face off in week three of their seasons for the first time in the two schools' history. Friday's High School Football Jamboree at Rock Bridge offered a glimpse at the potential cross-town rivalry.
"This thing has been brewing for a while," Bruins coach A.J. Ofodile said, referring to the budding Rock Bridge-Battle rivalry. "Week three is gonna be really interesting."
Ofodile said Rock Bridge and Battle worked out together frequently during the summer in seven-on-seven drills, which helped fuel some of the tension.
Last season, Battle competed in Class 4 while Rock Bridge and Hickman competed in Class 6, Missouri's highest classification. This year, Battle is in Class 5.
"I think Battle is really wanting to show that they belong right there at the top, especially in town," Ofodile said. "And our guys are wanting to show that we are. You could see a little bit of that today in how we competed."
Missourian reporter Daniel Jones contributed to this report.