COLUMBIA — All eyes were on Rock Bridge's quarterback Logan Twehous and wide receiver Alex Ofodile coming into Friday night's opener, but the Rockhurst defense managed to shut down the celebrated passing duo.
Rockhurst jumped on Rock Bridge with four unanswered touchdowns in the first quarter, setting the mood for a 49-14 blowout of the Bruins.
"I don't feel like we were really adequately prepared for this caliber of opponent," Rock Bridge Coach A.J. Ofodile said after the game.
Rock Bridge's star receiver Alex Ofodile only managed a handful of catches, and one touchdown that was too little too late. He has a collegiate career at the University of Oregon to look forward to following his senior season, but there is a lot of high school football to be played before he moves to the college level.
"I've blocked all that out, even though the score tonight didn't reflect that," Ofodile said.
Rockhurst's quarterback T.J. Green put his squad in control from the start and never let up. The team's 49-point performance was a classic reflection of Coach Tony Severino's style, with touchdowns spread among receptions and runs.
"With a team like Rockhurst, anytime you make a mistake, they're going to find that mistake, and they're going to capitalize on that mistake," coach Ofodile said.
Mistakes were aplenty for the ill-prepared Rock Bridge team. The team was plagued by turnovers and inability to convert on offense all night, and found themselves down 42-6 at halftime.
Twehous and Ofodile finally connected for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. The touchdown grab was reminiscent of Ofodile's performances that caught Oregon's attention, as he used his height in the corner of the endzone to come down with the score.
"I think I just need to have some more takeover of the game and get the ball more," Ofodile said.
That is exactly what Rock Bridge fans will hope to see more of, as expectations of a strong season are high coming off last year's state championship appearance.
Early season defeats are not new to Rock Bridge, though. The four consecutive playoff wins that took them to the state championship last year came after a 4-5 regular season.
Rock Bridge's schedule doesn't get any easier either, with games against Christian Brother's College High School and Helias High School later in the year.
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