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Rock Bridge, Battle football offer first glimpse at new rivalry

Saturday, August 16, 2014 | 6:46 p.m. CDT
Rock Bridge High School, Battle High School and Hickman High school competed against each other at Friday's High School Football Jamboree at Rock Bridge. The Jamboree offered a glimpse at the potential new rivalry between Rock Bridge and Battle. The two teams will face each other for the first time in their history in week three. "I think Battle is really wanting to show that they belong right there at the top, especially in town," Rock Bridge coach A.J. 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."

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.


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