The wrath of Rock Bridge

Saturday, September 27, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 10:22 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

[Note: this story has been modified since its original posting to correct errors.]

Revenge can be sweet.

Rock Bridge got its revenge by beating Marshall 42-6 on Friday at Rock Bridge Field.

Last year, the Bruins (4-0) lost a tough game to Marshall 17-14. Quarterback Chase Patton said it was nice to get the win.

“That game last year was a heartbreaker, I guess,” Patton said. “After that we kind of went downhill a little bit.”

Rock Bridge finished the North Central Missouri Conference 4-3 last year after starting 3-0.

Johnny Kruse led the Bruins playing tailback, kick returner, defensive back and even taking one snap at quarterback. Kruse gained 160 yards on seven touches and had three touchdowns. Kruse had 112 yards rushing on four carries, including the longest play from scrimmage this year for Rock Bridge.

Kruse ran for a 68-yard touchdown after taking a snap as quarterback in the first quarter.

“I was just trying to make it there 'cause you sink about four inches in the dirt along the sidelines,” Kruse said.

The field was muddy because of a thunderstorm prior to kickoff.

Kruse scored twice in the third quarter on a 39-yard reception and a 25-yard run.

“He’s one of the more versatile guys around and to have him back it just adds a huge dimension to our offense,” coach A.J. Ofodile said.

Patton was 13-for-20 for 181 yards, connecting with six receivers. Tyler Dow replaced Patton in the third quarter after Rock Bridge was ahead 42-0.

“I felt more relaxed tonight,” Patton said. “We had a lot of fun. When you come out and have fun, you don’t really think about it. You just play your best.”

Rock Bridge also deflected two punts in the second quarter.

Freshman Scott Concannon scored on the first deflected punt. He returned a 26-yard punt for a touchdown. It is his third touchdown return in three games.

“He’s just got a nose for the end zone,” Ofodile said.

Quarterback Justin Cary injured his right knee during the second quarter and did not return.

Rock Bridge’s defense shut down Marshall (1-3), holding the Owls to 40 yards in the first half and 129 in the game. The Owls’ scored with 2:49 remaining. J.B. Barton caught a 19-yard pass in the back of the end zone from backup quarterback Alex Pointer.

Patton said the Bruins played well all four quarters for the first time this season.

“It can be a great thing, or it can be a bad thing,” Patton said. “If we get satisfied with it, it’s a bad thing. Everybody came out and played intense from the first quarter on.

“I think we know how (playing well) feels now.”

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