[Note: this story has been modified since its original posting to correct errors.]
When junior Josh Conyers said he was confident his defense could stop the Smith-Cotton Tigers on Friday, he wasn’t kidding.
The Rock Bridge Bruins improved to 2-0 and held the Tigers’ offense scoreless until the fourth quarter. By then, the Bruins had a big enough lead to leave the field with a 42-14 victory in their home opener.
Sophomore quarterback Logan Gray was the first to find the end zone for Rock Bridge. In a play designed to be a pass, Gray saw an opening and ran for a nine-yard touchdown with 2:39 left in the first quarter.
“I just tucked (the ball). I thought I could make it and I did,” Gray said.
But that wasn’t the only big play Gray was responsible for.
On his own 33-yard line, Gray completed a pass to tight end Demond Thorpe for 19 yards before tossing a 48-yard touchdown pass to sophomore receiver Brandon Gerau.
“I hit him right in stride, I was just hoping he didn’t get caught at the end,” Gray said.
Gerau agreed that it was a perfect pass.
“I’m glad to get that one under my belt,” he said. “I couldn’t believe I was that wide open. Logan hit me right in stride and my eyes got huge when I saw the end zone.”
Smith-Cotton quarterback Michael Franklin ran for over 100 yards and three touchdowns in his season opener last week against Parkview. Running backs Alex Foote and Demario Claxton also had over 100 yards on the ground in the game, but none of that intimidated Rock Bridge.
“I don’t think we’re intimidated at all,” Coach A.J. Ofodile said. “Our main thing was focusing on us and doing what we need to do and making sure we take care of our own business.”
Foote scored first for the Tigers with a 6-yard rush to the end zone. Next, Franklin completed a 12-yard pass to Claxton before running in a two-point conversion.
But Rock Bridge responded in a big way.
When Smith-Cotton’s onside kick attempt failed, the Bruins gave the ball to sophomore running back Scott Concannon, who found a hole and ran for a 49-yard touchdown to seal the victory in front of the home crowd. The touchdown was his third of the night.
“We were out there to prove to people that we were a good offense and not just some joke,” Concannon said. “Coming out there and putting up that many points was what we were determined to do, and then we did it.”