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Rout not enough for Rock Bridge

Sunday, October 5, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 5:27 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 14, 2008

FULTON — Most teams would be satisfied with an easy victory, but Rock Bridge wasn’t.

The Bruins beat Fulton 49-6 on Friday at Fulton. Despite the victory, Rock Bridge wasn’t happy.

“We’ve been really trying to emphasize trying to play to our best ability, and we all felt like we kind of played down to a level that we shouldn’t have,” quarterback Chase Patton said. “That’s just being professional about it, and we just need to do a better job at that.”

Rock Bridge (5-0) scored on its first four possessions and seven of 10. Patton was 13-for-17 for 239 yards and three touchdowns.

Demond Thorpe was the leading receiver with six catches for 104 yards and a touchdown.

Van Alexander rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns on five carries. Alexander’s first touchdown was a 20-yard run to the right. He stiff-armed one Hornet to the ground and juked past another. He also broke a 69-yard run in the third quarter.

Turnovers helped the Bruins put the game out of reach in the third quarter. Fulton (0-5) committed three turnovers that led to touchdowns in fewer than two minutes.

The first turnover ended a 14-play drive that could have cut into the Bruins’ 28-6 lead. Fulton quarterback A.J. Gould scrambled and the ball slipped out of his hand as he started to throw.

Rock Bridge tested the Hornets’ secondary early. On the first play, Patton threw downfield and drew a pass interference penalty. Patton connected with Johnny Kruse on the next play for a 50-yard touchdown.

Thorpe started the Bruins’ next drive with a great catch. Thorpe jumped over a Fulton defender to make the catch, and Thorpe landed on his back for a 32-yard gain.

The Bruins ended the drive when Patton held off a defender long enough to dump off a pass to Scott Russell, who caught the pass in the flat and ran for a 16-yard touchdown.

Rock Bridge capitalized on big plays; it had 10 plays for 15 yards or more, and Fulton had three.

Fulton coach Pat Kelley said Rock Bridge was too athletic for the Hornets.

“You try to match up with them, and we don’t have the kids that can do that, unfortunately,” Kelley said. “You watch those guys go get the ball and it’s incredible. It was entertaining to watch, you hated to see it, but it was impressive.”

Fulton gained 286 yards, the most the Bruins have allowed this season.

The Hornets used a ball control offense, using short passes to gain yards. Gould was 23-of-30, completing passes to six receivers.

The Bruins struggled in the second quarter after jumping to 28-0 lead. Rock Bridge allowed a 15-play scoring drive and committed two turnovers.

“(I’m) a little disappointed in having that lapse midway through the game, giving a team room to breathe that we maybe shouldn’t have given room to breathe,” Bruins coach A.J. Ofodile said.

Patton said he thought the Bruins lost focus.

“Overall, probably disappointing just because … when we got up 28-0, we just kind of went on cruise control,” Patton said.


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