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Bruins make it look easy

Saturday, October 11, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 9:43 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

The board in the training room made the game sound as simple as Rock Bridge made it look.

Rock Bridge pounded Hannibal 63-14 at Rock Bridge Field on Friday night.

The board set the schedule for the Bruins prior to the game: 5: 30 p.m. --warm up on the field; 6:20 p.m. -- off the field; 7 p.m. -- beat Pirates.

Rock Bridge (6-0) played its most complete game of the season by keeping its focus and making the game look easy at times.

“Sometimes games go that way,” coach A.J. Ofodile said. “That’s the kind of performance we ended up with.”

The Bruins scored on their opening drive with ease. Rock Bridge capped off an eight-play drive with a 19-yard touchdown pass from Chase Patton to Scott Russell. Patton was 4-for-5 on the drive for 47 yards.

Patton was 20-for-23 for 360 yards and six touchdowns. Patton threw an incomplete pass with 4:40 left in the first quarter. It was his last incomplete pass of the game. Patton connected on his final 13 attempts.

Ofodile said he can’t take credit for Patton’s success.

“In a way it makes you feel guilty because I probably get a lot of praise,” Ofodile said. “Without Chase, what’s going on now wouldn’t really be possible.

“As a coach you feel a little guilty in that, I probably get a lot of credit I might not deserve.”

The kickoff following the opening drive kept up the momentum. Hannibal’s Aaron Bergeson took the kick from the 5 and broke into open field and into Rock Bridge territory before he fumbled at the 40. Greg Williams recovered the fumble for the Bruins.

Rock Bridge scored on its next drive on three plays, giving the Bruins a 14-0 lead before Hannibal (4-2) had run a play.

 “They’re a tough team,” Ofodile said, “winning teams like that, they always have a couple bullets left in the chamber. That was their answer to our first big drive … so for us to make a big play for them a big play for us was huge momentum wise.”

Johnny Kruse and Scott Russell led the Bruins in receiving. Kruse caught eight passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns and had two carries for 30 yards and one touchdown.

Russell had five catches for 108 yards and three touchdowns and Demond Thorpe added three receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown.

The Bruins made several short passes to receivers, who were able to break tackles to gain big yards. The short passes pulled the defense closer to the line of scrimmage, which allowed Patton to throw downfield.

“We didn’t really know what they were going to come out with (defensively),” Patton said. “They were playing off a little bit so we were able to get the short game going. After that, we were able to go over the top of them.”

The Bruins led 42-7 at halftime, which meant a running clock at the start of the third quarter. In high school football, when a team leads by 35 points or more in the second half, the clock continues running until a team scores or a possession change.

Rock Bridge scored on eight of 11 possessions.

“They couldn’t stop our offense the whole game,” Kruse said.

Rock Bridge’s defense contained Bergeson, holding the running back to 62 yards on 21 carries.

Bergeson scored the Pirates’ first touchdown in the second quarter on a 3-yard run. The carry capped off a 12-play 69-yard drive. The Pirates closed the gap to 21-7 with 8:50 left in the first half.


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