Jefferson City comes back to beat Rock Bridge

Saturday, October 25, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 7:35 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 6, 2008

The fans rushed the field when the game ended—most of the fans were wearing red and black.

Jefferson City stunned Rock Bridge with a 28-24 come-from-behind victory.

The Bruins (7-1) led 24-14 with four minutes remaining, but Jason Davis scored on a 1-yard run with 3:52 to cut into the lead.

The Jays (6-2) forced Rock Bridge to punt on its next possession when Curt Coots broke up a pass from Chase Patton to Demond Thorpe.

A fortunate deflection allowed the Jays drive to continue. On 4th and 6, Andy Burks deflected Tim Allen’s pass, which allowed Jefferson City’s Kirk Duncan to make the catch as he fell out-of-bounds for a first down.

Jefferson City scored two plays later on Allen’s 29-yard pass to Coots with 1:29 remaining.

Patton, who was 25-for-48 for 359 yards and two touchdowns, said the tipped pass reminded him of Missouri’s “kicked ball” game.

“Nebraska,” Patton said. “You might as well kick it or something.

“Just to have them come back like that is kind of heartbreaking.”

Johnny Kruse broke the Missouri high school record for most receptions in a game with 14. He gained 151 yards receiving for two touchdowns.

Kruse said the record wasn’t important.

“It doesn’t really matter to me, we didn’t win,” Kruse said. “I’m doing whatever I can to help us win and we didn’t win, so I don’t really care about any records right now.”

Rock Bridge’s defense allowed 225 yards in the first half, but didn’t allow another first down until there was 6:29 remaining.

Rock Bridge had struggled early and trailed 14-0 at halftime, but scored 21 points in the third quarter and added a field goal with 8:09 left in the fourth.

Scott Russell’s 40-yard field goal hit the crossbar and bounced over to give the Bruins a 10-point lead.

Bruins coach A.J. Ofodile said his team had the chances to win.

“(Rock Bridge) had every opportunity in the world to win it and we just didn’t get it done,” Ofodile said. “I can’t harp on it enough, that’s a game I felt going into it and coming out … we should have got. It’s a game I feel like things didn’t go our way for one reason or another.”

The Bruins blocked Zach Rolling’s 38-yard field goal attempt early in the third quarter to give the Bruins momentum.

Rock Bridge scored on an 11-play 80-yard drive after the blocked kick. Patton found Kruse in open field at the 10 and Kruse dodged two tackles for the score.

The Bruins tied the game after a Jefferson City fumble on Patton’s 2-yard run with 3:20 in the third quarter.

Rock Bridge took the lead for the first time with two seconds remaining in the third on a 4-yard pass to Kruse.

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