Bruins clinch NCMC crown

Chase Patton throws for three touchdowns to lead Rock Bridge.
Sunday, October 19, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 10:39 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

JEFFERSON CITY - Chase Patton was dominating for Rock Bridge.

The Bruins beat Helias 34-7 on Saturday at Pete Adkins Stadium to win the North Central Missouri Conference and end a seven-game losing streak to the Crusaders.

Patton, who threw to five different receivers for 210 yards in the first half, finished 28-for-40 for 310 yards. He passed for three touchdowns and ran for another.

“Chase is playing great,” Rock Bridge coach A.J. Ofodile said. “That’s what we expect of him. He’s an All-American candidate, he’s a senior now … there’s a lot of aspects in Chase’s game that he’s stepped up.”

Rock Bridge (7-0) scored 27 points off Helias turnovers. The Crusaders (6-1) threw five interceptions and fumbled three times.

“That was the story of the game,” Ofodile said. “It’s always easier to coach with a little bit of a lead. I think that was really fortunate for us to get those breaks early.”

Tailback Van Alexander sealed the game for the Bruins with a 39-yard touchdown run with 9:10 left. It looked like Alexander would be stopped for a loss when a crowd of defenders surrounded him at the 41, but he broke into the open field for Rock Bridge’s final score.

Demond Thorpe made two touchdown catches in the back of the end zone in the second quarter. The first was a fade route to the left corner and Patton lobbed the pass perfectly. The second was a 12-yard reception on another high pass and Thorpe made a leaping grab and managed to put one foot down in bounds.

Thorpe’s best catch was an interception in the third quarter. Thorpe picked off Kyle Shimmer’s pass at the Rock Bridge 18. Thorpe read the throw and then took the ball from the receiver’s hands before they fell out-of-bounds.

The Bruins won the NCMC outright for the first time since 1994.

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