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Bruins aim to limit stellar Jays offense

Liberty a dual threat
Friday, September 17, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 1:26 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The Rock Bridge Bruins have more than one quarterback to worry about when they play the Liberty Blue Jays at William Jewell College at 7 tonight.

They have to worry about two.

Liberty coach Pat Hansen has a pair of sophomore quarterbacks who serve as a dual threat.

In their home opener last week against Fort Osage, starter Jimmy Costello completed 80 percent of his passes for 103 yards and one interception, while A.J. Jackson completed six of his seven pass attempts for 167 yards and two touchdowns, including a 74-yard touchdown pass to receiver Mel Gentry.

Rock Bridge coach A.J. Ofodile said Costello serves as a classic drop-back quarterback while Jackson can run well and pass deep.

“There’s two guys that they use at that position,” Ofodile said. “I’m not sure what their rhyme or reason is for switching them out. But both of them were really, really effective last week. So that gives us one more thing to worry about.”

But the Blue Jays’ offense is made up of more than just two

good quarterbacks. Ofodile said Liberty’s offensive line is big and that junior tailback Jake Jenkins may be the best player at his position that Rock Bridge will see all season.

“He’s got good size, great feet,” Ofodile said. “We saw him at a jamboree a year ago as a sophomore and we were impressed with him then. We’re even more impressed with him now.”

Jenkins has averaged 6.4 yards per carry in his first two games this season and ran for three touchdowns, all against Fort Osage on Sept. 10.

The Bruins (2-0) could give Liberty (2-0) plenty to be concerned about as well.

With an offense that posted 42 points against Smith-Cotton last week, Rock Bridge tight end Demond Thorpe said he thinks his team is the underdog, but still expects his squad to come out strong.

Thorpe caught a game-winning touchdown pass on Sept. 3 against Marshall and intercepted a crucial pass last week vs. Smith-Cotton to set up a Bruins’ touchdown.

Quarterback Logan Gray said he doesn’t expect to be any less effective away from home.

“I don’t think that playing on the road affects our offense too much,” Gray said. “It’s not that different. I think we can win this game. As long as we play within ourselves, I think we can have a pretty big game and show the people who we are.”

Ofodile said he sees this game as a chance for the Bruins to see how they stack up against what he called a quality opponent.

“It’s a huge opportunity for us. It’s one of those measuring stick games with a measuring stick program,” Ofodile said.


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