Rock Bridge uses Van in drive to win

Sunday, September 14, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:16 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 16, 2008

It must have seemed like a truck hit Moberly. In this case it was a van – Van Alexander.

Alexander led Rock Bridge past Moberly 37-13 on Friday night at Rock Bridge Field.

Alexander, a 6-foot-1, 213-pound tailback, ran for 165 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. He broke open two long runs in the second quarter that helped give the Bruins (2-0) a comfortable 27-7 halftime lead.

Midway through the second quarter, Alexander cut through a hole in the line and broke into open field for a 58-yard touchdown run. He continued the display with a 62-yard touchdown run with five seconds left in the half. The pair of touchdowns ended hopes Moberly had of pulling off the upset.

Alexander also broke a 70-yard run in the third quarter that was called back because of holding.

The Bruins struggled with penalties and turnovers. Rock Bridge committed 15 penalties for 125 yards. The Bruins also lost three fumbles. Moberly (0-2) had one turnover.

Rain caused problems in the first half for both teams. Rock Bridge had more trouble dealing with the rain. The slick ball made passing difficult, which limited Rock Bridge’s offense early. Quarterback Chase Patton threw seven passes in the half.

The Bruins committed two turnovers in the first half. Alexander fumbled three times in the half, one resulting in a turnover. Despite the rushing performance, Alexander said he needs to do better.

“I’ve got to hold onto the ball,” Alexander said.

It stopped raining late in the second quarter, which allowed Rock Bridge to pass more in the second half. The Bruins’ offense finished with 368 total yards.

Patton finished with 157 yards passing and 26 yards rushing. He was 11-for-18.

“It was a sloppy game with the rain and everything,” Patton said. “We’re going to have to be able to play in that weather.”

In the first quarter, center Chris Cottle muffed a snap in the mud. The snap never went back to Patton, who was in shotgun formation. The Spartans recovered the fumble on the Rock Bridge 4. Moberly scored three plays later to tie the game at 7.

Freshman Scott Concannon returned the ensuing kickoff for Rock Bridge for an 82-yard touchdown to put the Bruins back ahead 14-7.

Alexander also made several big defensive plays at linebacker, including a sack in the second quarter to force fourth down.

“He’s always real strong on defense,” Patton said. “That’s where he’s getting recruited. Week in and week out he’s always doing that kind of stuff, so you almost get used to it, and then you look back on film and it’s like, ‘Wow that was a good play.’”

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